How we connect to healthcare research in the West of England

We provide service users, carers and staff with opportunities to participate in national and international research. Our role in delivering healthcare research within the NHS represents one part of a larger research cycle, which includes many organisations with different functions. We maintain meaningful working partnerships with many other organisations involved in healthcare research within the West of England. 

Please see our partners listed below:

The NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (West of England) fund us to carry out high-quality clinical research. Visit their main website here.

The network also manages the ‘Be Part of Research’ website, featuring useful information about taking part in research studies and why it’s important. Visit the Be Part of Research NIHR website here.

The West of England AHSN is a network of NHS care providers working with partners in universities, industry, NHS commissioners and a wide range of other organisations with a commitment to equality and excellence. They aim to widen the access to and use of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care quality. The network covers the local areas of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Visit the website here.

PHWE is a partnership of local organisations working together to support researchers in involving the public in health and social care research, as well as supporting the public in their involvement.

Visit the PHWE website here.

Bristol Health Partners is a dynamic partnership of Bristol's universities, major health and care providers and commissioners, covering the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. The purpose is to transform the understanding, prevention and treatment of key health problems.

In April 2020, Bristol Health Partners were made an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Visit the Bristol Health Partners website here.