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07 May 2019

Five year strategy developed by University Hospitals Bristol

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has developed a new five-year strategy, setting out an exciting vision for the future.

The strategy describes how the Trust plans to:

  • grow its specialist hospital services and its position as a leading provider in south west England and beyond
  • work more closely with health and care partners to provide more joined up local healthcare services and support the improvement of the health and wellbeing of our communities 
  • become a beacon for outstanding education and research and our culture of innovation.

Robert Woolley, chief executive at University Hospitals Bristol, said: "I'm delighted to share our new strategy for the next five years, which builds on everything we have achieved while recognising the evolving challenges facing us and the wider NHS.

"The strategy outlines how we will adapt to the changing needs of our patients and the communities we serve, by supporting and developing our staff to give outstanding care, using technology to ensure we are at the leading edge of healthcare and a beacon of excellence for clinical education and research, and working with partners to create a strong and responsive healthcare system in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire."

The strategy outlines a number of improvements for the next five years including:

  • Continuing to grow the specialist services we provide, particularly in areas such as cancer, cardiac, dermatology and children's services. This will mean that in the future even more patients will be able to receive the treatment they need in Bristol rather than having to wait longer or travel further.
  • Working in collaboration with our local health and care partners in other hospitals and with GPs, community, mental health, social care and community providers to improve how we join up the ways we work.  This will mean that over the next few years some services will be provided outside of our hospitals, supporting more people to receive the care and information they need without having to travel into Bristol - better for our environment, better for us all.  We will also continue building on our partnership with Weston Area Health NHS Trust and are committed to delivering a formal merger of the two Trusts.
  • Ensuring we make the best use of research, information and medical technology to drive improvement in our services. We want to be at the cutting edge of healthcare, making the best use of new technologies like artificial intelligence and attracting the brightest minds to our Trust to provide care, carry out research and transform ideas into new treatments for our patients.

The plan, which we have called Embracing Change, Proud to Care, was developed over 14 months with our staff; our patients, their families and carers; our governors; local people; and our organisational partners who helped us shape the vision for how we want University Hospitals Bristol to look and feel in 2025. 

To find out more information about our five year plan Embracing Change, Proud to Care, please visit this page of our website.