• Achievements of the Chronic Kidney Disease HIT in 2016-17 23 May 2017 One in ten people live with chronic kidney disease (CKD). This is a long-term condition that can increase the risk of heart disease or a sudden deterioration in kidney function, also known as acute kidney injury. The Chronic Kidney Disease Health Integration Team (CKD HIT) is a team of clinical staff and patients, working together to improve patient outcomes and care pathways for patients with kidney disease.
  • Bristol Bones and Joints highlights for 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Bones and Joints HIT covers three disease areas: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory rheumatological disorders, underpinned by three themes of patient self-management, patient and public involvement and information technology.
  • Bristol Immunisation Group’s highlights for 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Bristol Immunisation Group brings public health, clinical and academic experts together to improve the local performance and resilience of the national immunisation programmes. We also work to develop and deliver improvements through innovation and research.
  • Successes of the Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients HIT in 2016-17 23 May 2017 The Sexual Health Improvement for Population and Patients Health Integration Team (SHIPP HIT) works to promote evidence based sexual health improvement. Our focus of the last 12 months has been to support the commissioning of a new integrated sexual health service across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). We have provided commissioners with cost effective evidence based advice that has underpinned the procurement process. In November 2016 the contract to provide the new service was awarded to Unity Sexual Health, a coalition involving Bristol Sexual Health Centre, the specialist service provided by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and all major third sector providers.
  • Respiratory Infection HIT round up for 2016-17 23 May 2017 Respiratory tract infections place considerable pressure on health care services. Children play a major role in spreading these infections. However, parents often don’t have the information to know when and how best to access health services for common illnesses. A vicious cycle is created of increasing patient demand, higher antibiotic use and a reduction in antibiotic effectiveness.
  • Cystic fibrosis study offers new understanding of silent changes in genes 17 May 2017 Researchers studying the root cause of cystic fibrosis have made a major advance in our understanding of silent gene changes with implications for the complexity of cystic fibrosis.
  • Gene that affects cell power supply may hold key to bowel disease 17 May 2017 A key gene that helps to explain an underlying cause of incurable bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease has been identified by scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Bristol.
  • Life expectancy for people with HIV has increased by 10 years in the US and Europe since introduction of antiretroviral therapy 11 May 2017 Life expectancy of 20-year-olds starting treatment for HIV has increased by around a decade in the EU and North America since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in the mid-1990s, according to a study published in The Lancet HIV. These increases are among treated individuals, and are in addition to dramatic life expectancy improvements that occurred after the introduction of antiretroviral therapy compared with untreated individuals.
  • NIHR i4i Award 10 May 2017 The aim of this research is to establish whether the AmBeR system can be used to improve the management of children with rare but potentially devastating Urea Cycle Defects. Working with colleagues at UWE and an industry partner Breath Dx, we will trial this entirely novel device to assess its utility as a near to patient ammonia measuring device in collaboration with clinical services in Bristol, Great Ormond St, Guy's Hospital and Birmingham Children's Hospital.
  • Clinical trial discovers new way to prevent children with arthritis and eye disease losing their sight 5 May 2017 A new drug combination that could help thousands of children with arthritis and prevent them from serious complications, including blindness, has been discovered by researchers and thanks to a trial funded by Arthritis Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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