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Working with communities

UH Bristol is a community in its own right, with around 7,000 people all working towards a common goal. But we're also part of the wider community of Bristol, and we take our responsibilities to that community very seriously. Here's a look at some of the things we already do, or are planning for the future, to discharge those responsibilities.

Our Foundation Trust status

We were awarded Foundation Trust status in June 2008. Not only does this give us more independence over our finances and development, it brings us closer to the community, with more formal involvement for those who want to help shape the management and future of our service.

UH Bristol in the community

Children

UH Bristol in the Community is a major work programme on social responsibility that touches on everything from schools involvement to green transport. Above all, it's about expanding our commitment to Bristol's health to take in its social and environmental, as well as physical and mental, wellbeing:

  • We want to work with schools and colleges to help them deliver relevant subjects which link more closely to the world of work, enhancing students' experience and inspiring them to aim higher.
  • We want to improve our environment for patients, many of whom are local residents, whilst at the same time having a favourable effect on the city landscape by providing better and more attractive buildings. We want to use art, particularly locally inspired or created art, to assist in this process.
  • We want to support real improvements in health and health related issues for our local population.
  • We want to provide a safer environment with reduced crime, supporting similar actions being taken in the city centre.
  • We want to contribute to sustainable policies on energy use, waste disposal and transport across the city.
  • We want to support volunteering, both for volunteers bringing their skills into UH Bristol and for staff taking their skills out into the community, including the city, the communities where our staff live, and with partner healthcare organisations in less developed countries overseas.

Many of the steps involved are already generating real results, include an extensive Schools and College Liaison Programme, environmentally friendly transport and procurement policies, close consultation with local people on new construction projects and a commitment to enhancing Bristol's visual environment. We're helping local communities with health and nutrition advice and members of staff are participating in volunteer projects in the local area. Every year we publish a brochure which tells staff and the public about what we are doing and what we have achieved.

Healthwatch

We are a partner organisation with Healthwatch which gives local people an opportunity to share their views on local healthcare services.