ARC West is hosted by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and the partnership includes local providers of NHS services and NHS commissioners, universities, local authorities, voluntary sector and patient and user organisations, and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

NHS partners

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

2gether NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the surrounding region. It serves 761,000 people, and 96 per cent of its services are provided within the community and as close to an individuals’ family and friends as possible – this is an essential factor in helping to improve a person’s recovery.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, drug or alcohol dependency and people with learning disabilities. It covers Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire and provides a specialist service throughout the South West.

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) is the NHS organisation that monitors and coordinates the delivery of health services on behalf of everyone living in Bath and North East Somerset. It is a membership organisation formed of the 27 GP practices across BaNES.

Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is the organisation responsible for commissioning hospital and community health services to ensure that the health needs of BNSSG’s population are met. It is made up of local GPs and health professionals from the 85 local practices, working together with other clinicians and patients to decide how the local NHS budget should be spent.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust provides a range of services to Gloucestershire’s population of 600,000 people. It runs community hospitals, provides nursing, physiotherapy, treatment for erectile dysfunction reablement and adult social care in community settings, and runs health visiting, school nursing and speech and language therapy services for children.

Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Gloucestershire CCG puts GPs and other clinicians in the driving seat for the commissioning (buying) of health services to meet the needs of local people. The idea behind this is that doctors and other healthcare professionals, who see patients every day, know more than anyone else about the health needs of local people and their communities.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country and provides high quality acute elective and specialist care for a population of more than 612,000 people. Its hospitals are district general hospitals with a great tradition of providing high quality hospital services. It was one of the UK’s first foundation trusts.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the biggest healthcare providers and employers in the south west, with around 2.5 million patient contacts a year. They provide healthcare to the people of Swindon and the surrounding areas, offering the latest treatments and care in hospital, in the local community and in people’s own homes.

North Bristol NHS Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching trusts in the country and serves the population of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. Their internationally renowned specialist areas include neurosciences, renal, orthopaedics, major trauma, urology, plastic surgery and neo-natal intensive care.

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire.

Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group

Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for buying healthcare for Swindon and Shrivenham residents. Keen to make sure they are truly acting on behalf of everyone living in the community, they are working with local people, GPs in Swindon and Shrivenham, hospital clinicians and other partners (including local government and the voluntary sector) to improve health services for their population.

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic group of hospitals in the heart of Bristol, with over 100 clinical services across nine sites. They offer care to the people of Bristol and the South West, and have an international reputation for cardiac surgery, paediatric services, oncology and bone marrow transplantation and are the largest centre for medical training and research in the South West.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Weston Area Health NHS Trust was established in April 1991 being one of the first wave of 57 NHS Trusts created following the enactment of the NHS and Community Care Act 1990. The Trust is based at Weston General Hospital, built in 1986 near Uphill in the south of Weston-super-Mare.

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s vision is “to ensure the provision of a health service which is high quality, effective, clinically led and local”. The focus of delivering care to people in their own homes or as close to home as possible remains of paramount importance.

Academic partners

University of Bath

The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities with an international reputation for quality research and teaching. Its mission is to deliver world class research and teaching, educating its graduates to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence.

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University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is internationally renowned and one of the very best in the UK, due to its outstanding teaching and research, its superb facilities and highly talented students and staff. Its students thrive in a rich academic environment which is informed by world-leading research. It hosts the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research.

University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire is a diverse, vibrant community of 12,000 students and 1,600 staff. The university is based across three campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Organised over eight academic Schools – Art and Design; Business, Education; Health and Social Care; Liberal and Performing Arts; Media; Natural and Social Sciences; and Sport and Exercise. The university has long excelled in education, media, sport and fine art.

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

UWE Bristol is one of Britain’s largest universities with a consistent reputation for high graduate employment, quality in teaching and growth in research. It is at the heart of dynamic partnerships that deliver real impact in the world. UWE hosts the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, the largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK.

Local authority partners

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Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council makes all kinds of decisions, from planning and transport, to housing and social care, that impact on residents’ physical and mental health. It works with communities to improve their health and wellbeing and to make planning decisions that impact communities’ health in a positive way.

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Bristol City Council

The council plays a vital role in the health community as public health is part of its remit. Its role is to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population of Bristol. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and it focuses on the population as a whole, not on individual patients or diseases.

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Gloucestershire County Council

Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of the local community. A key focus of public health in Gloucestershire is reducing inequalities in health between different groups of people and communities.

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North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council is responsible for public health services in the area, including preventing disease and promoting healthy living. They work to improve and protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in North Somerset, with a focus on those with the poorest health.

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South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council has responsibility for public health in its area, including encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, smoking cessation and vaccination uptake.

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Swindon Borough Council

Improving the health and wellbeing of local people is a priority for Swindon Borough Council, working with partners to improve services and reduce health inequalities across the Swindon area.

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Wiltshire Council

Public health works to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of Wiltshire’s population. It aims to protect the local population from ill health, prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and reduce health inequalities.

Other partners

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Bristol Health Partners

Bristol Health Partners exists to improve the health of those who live in and around Bristol and to improve the delivery of the services on which they rely. It also acts as a mechanism for change in the Bristol health and care community and city region. It is a strategic collaboration between the city’s four NHS bodies, two universities and its local authority.


DECIPHer IMPACT Ltd, trading as Evidence to Impact, has been set up to roll out and disseminate health related programmes from the University of Bristol such as ASSIST, a smoking prevention intervention which aims to reduce adolescent smoking.


IRISi Ltd is a not-for-profit company set up to deliver evidence-based support interventions to benefit survivors of domestic violence and abuse and to help reduce the associated societal burdens. Its first product is the IRIS intervention, a general practice-based domestic violence and abuse training, support and referral programme.

One Care

One Care exists to ensure that the heart of general practice, so valued by patients, survives and continues to provide comprehensive, whole-person healthcare to individuals and their families. Through collaboration, One Care provides the scale, innovation and leadership to evolve services so that general practice is invigorated and thrives into the future.

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West of England Academic Health Science Network

The West of England Academic Health Science Network is a diverse network of partners working collaboratively to put innovation at the heart of healthcare, to improve patient outcomes and contribute to wealth creation. It aims to do this by translating research into practice, and developing and implementing integrated health care services.