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Leading in partnership

Building capabilityThe Trust does not work in isolation. As a major specialist centre, providing tertiary services for 7 million people across south west England and south Wales, we recognise that we have a responsibility to lead networks of care across the region.

We also recognise the importance of working in partnership to help design and operate the most effective health system for the people of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. As the pressure on our hospital services has grown, it is essential that we work ever more closely with all health and social care partners to find long-term solutions.

As part of the NHS's response to the Five Year Forward View, local areas have begun to develop bold ideas for sustainability and transformation to meet a range of health, quality and financial challenges. University Hospitals Bristol is leading this collaborative work for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

genomicsWe lead in partnership in the vital area of clinical research in the full knowledge that today's research delivers tomorrow's improvements in diagnosis and treatment. With two National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Units, and as host to the NIHR's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care in the West of England and the NIHR local Clinical Research Network (CRN), we are playing a leading role in this essential area. During 2015/16 we worked with the CRN to support research across the West of England. We also hosted a successful bid to Genomics England to establish a Genomic Medicine Centre in the West of England, which has already started to recruit patients to this exciting field of molecular medicine.

2015 saw Bristol become European Green Capital. UH Bristol contributed towards the year in many ways. We are working to reduce our environmental impact, in particular our carbon footprint, and in turn reduce our contribution to climate change. Our ambitions are documented inCare without Costing the Earth: Our vision of sustainable healthcare 2015 - 2020, which includes development of sustainable models of care, energy and water supply, travel, procurement and waste.