Health Integration Team (HIT) proposal success!

Issue date: 01 October 2012

Marcus Grant, Deputy Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Planning has co-led a successful application to establish a Health Integration Team in Bristol focussing on the nature and quality of residential built environments as wider determinants of health.

The HIT will focus on: compiling an evidence base and encouraging links between key stakeholders; collating and improving baseline data; developing interventions and appropriate research methods;implementing and evaluating interventions, and; disseminating and promoting good practice. For example, in relation to mental health, the link between accessible green space and mental health might be examined through: undertaking a systematic review of available evidence; conducting an audit of Bristol's public green space and patterns of access with a particular focus on people identified as vulnerable to mental health problems; designing, implementing and evaluating interventions and disseminating lessons learned to influence future policy and investment decisions.

Marcus co-led the bid with Suzanne Audrey, Research Fellow with the DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health improvement) UKCRC research centre of excellence in the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. The bid was supported by a strong team of representatives from public health, local government and academia who have already been central in establishing Bristol as a centre of excellence for research on the impact of the built environment on the wider determinants of health.

In announcing the award, Bristol Health Partners said “thanks for producing such an exciting proposal: we were delighted to see the energy with which you embrace the Bristol Health Partners concept.”

The HIT team will now focus on developing a full business case.

Health Integration Teams is a Bristol-wide initiative to establish cross-organisation, interdisciplinary groups set up to harness leading research, innovation, education, patient care and prevention strengths, to tackle major health priorities by working together in new and different ways.

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