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