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What we do

WhoWith eight hospitals in the centre and south of Bristol, we are one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West of England.

We provide general medical and emergency services to the local population of Central and South Bristol, and a broad range of specialist services across a region that extends from Cornwall to Gloucestershire, into South Wales and beyond.

As a specialist teaching Trust, we work in strong and dynamic partnership with the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England and several other higher education institutions in this country and abroad.

We are a major provider of medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health professional education at pre and post-graduate levels. Staff throughout the Trust are involved in a thriving research portfolio, comprising around 450 varied, pioneering projects resulting in approximately 600 published papers each year.

Much of the research at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has changed the clinical care of patients worldwide, particularly in cancer, cardiac surgery and child health and has informed NICE and other national guidelines. Research, teaching and learning are integral to our business and are a key element of our strategy for the future. We aim to produce a flexible, multi-professional workforce, through a focus on evidence-based learning with expert patient feedback.
View more information about our research.

Following the Kennedy Inquiry report into failings in the paediatric cardiac surgery service at the Bristol Royal Infirmary between 1984 and 1995, the Trust now has a strong culture of, and systems for assuring, clinical governance. It was among the first Trusts to publish mortality figures for cardiac surgery in both children and adults, where it continues to demonstrate outcomes significantly better than the national average.

Under the Bristol Health Services Plan, the Trust has embarked on a £170 million programme of major capital schemes designed to upgrade the estate and replace old accommodation.
View more information about how we are improving our existing local environment.