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Building capability

Leading in partnership

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

The information on this page is historic. Visit the UHBW About us pages for the latest information. 


Our staff are our greatest asset and it is essential that we attract and nurture a strong workforce, support their development, create a culture of motivation, recognise them for their good work and retain their expertise.

Teaching is central to our mission to improve the health of the people we service by delivering exceptional care, teaching and research every day.

We are committed to high quality Education, Learning and Development to support the teaching of all staff groups including undergraduates, postgraduates, clinical and non-clinical to aid their lifelong learning and development.

As one of the UK's leading teaching hospital trusts, we support a range of under-graduate programmes such as medical, dental, nursing and healthcare scientists, and positively encourages post graduate study and research for nursing, allied health care professionals, health care scientists, medical and dental staff. This includes active continuous professional development programmes that include; a preceptorship programme; simulation training programmes, workshops, conferences, seminars and e-Learning to keep professionals up to date with the latest clinical developments and patient safety matters.

dentalWe are increasing apprenticeship opportunities extensively to support the Health Education England: Widening Participation (Band 1-4) and Talent for Care Strategies. This; along with the Qualifications Credit Framework, results in the Trust providing a wide range of training and learning opportunities for non-clinical members of staff. There are extensive continuous professional development opportunities to encourage internal succession for staff across all disciplines alongside our commitment to delivering a quality induction and essential training as the foundation for new starters joining the organisation.

Strong partnerships exist with Health Education Southwest including the Deanery, University of Bristol and University of West of England, City of Bristol College, North Bristol NHS Trust and other NHS organisations. Cross-sector work is underway with the support of Health Education Southwest to introduce new roles to prepare staff to work across different care settings to meet patient needs. Further education partnerships are being strengthened, including collaborative working with the clinical commissioning groups and with Bristol Health Partners. We value these partnerships highly and will continue to develop them as part of our governance structure and partnership working arrangements and to consolidate our efforts to build on our aim of lifelong learning.