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Here you can find out more about the groups and organisations we work with, and the organisations we commission to provide health services for the people of Bristol.
Bristol Health and Wellbeing Board
Established and hosted by local authorities, health and wellbeing boards are statutory groups that bring together representatives from the NHS, local authority, public health, adult social care, children’s services and local Healthwatch, to plan how to meet the needs of their local population and tackle local health inequalities.
NHS England provides national leadership to clinical commissioning groups. Locally, the area team of NHS England covers Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The area team commission some specialist health services for Bristol and primary care services such as GPs, dentists, pharmacists and opticians.
Neighbouring Clinical Commissioning Groups
The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) work together on some areas to agree joint health priorities for our communities. This is because residents across all areas are able to use the same local hospitals – University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). Where relevant, we also work with CCGs outside the BNSSG area.
Bristol City Council
We work closely with Bristol City Council to ensure that residents have easy access to both health and social care services. The council also employs public health specialists who are responsible for areas such as health protection and health promotion. Together we are working to reduce health inequalities across the city.
A Better Care plan for Bristol has been developed by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol City Council in partnership with the main Health and Social Care providers.
South, Central and West Commissioning Support (SCWCS)
The SCWCS provides commissioning support for Bristol CCG and the other CCGs in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Somerset, such as contract management, financial analysis and human resources support.
Healthwatch is the new consumer (patient) champion for health and social care. There are local Healthwatch organisations across the country, commissioned by their local authority and supported by Healthwatch England. The local organisations help people to get the best from their local health and care services by providing information and advice, and gathering views from patients to inform future services. They also highlight issues and problems to Healthwatch England.
Voluntary and community sector organisations
We engage with a wide range of groups, communities and organisations to help us make decisions that improve outcomes for patients and the quality of services.
Our service providers
We commission services from a number of local organisations, including:
- University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
- North Bristol NHS Trust
- Bristol Community Health
- Avon Wiltshire Partnership Mental Health Trust
- South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust