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New Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team

New Adverse Childhood Experiences Health Integration Team

Local partners in Bristol have been working together to develop a local approach to preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to mitigate their immediate and long term impacts.

They have been successful in gaining support from Bristol Health Partners to establish an ACE Health Integration Team (HIT) to aid this collaboration.

More about the ACE HIT Health Integration Team

Health Integration Teams (HITs) bring together practitioners, managers, commissioners, researchers, service users and the public to tackle local priorities.

The ACE HIT will be:

  • raising awareness and understanding about ACEs
  • contributing to the developing evidence base on ACEs
  • developing policy and practice approaches to prevent ACEs and mitigate their impacts
  • building a ‘case for change’ which will set out how we can work differently together so that we can prevent ACEs and improve health and wellbeing.

The HIT will be organised through five workstreams which will be engaging with communities and research, and ensuring our learning feeds into practice at pace:

  1. Research and Evaluation
  2. Knowledge and Skills
  3. Education (i.e. nurseries, schools and academies)
  4. Strategic Planning and Commissioning
  5. Communication and Knowledge Transfer

HIT Directors and Partners

Dr Jacqui Jensen, Executive Director, People (DCS), Bristol City Council

Richard Lyle, Assistant Director of Service Redesign, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Prof John Macleod, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Primary Care, Director Designate ARC West, co-lead for Centre for Academic Primary Care and NIHR School for Primary Care Research, University of Bristol

Dr Jo Williams, Consultant in Public Health, Children and Young People, Bristol City Council and Consultant Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

Partners involved in the ACE HIT include:

  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • University of Bristol
  • University of the West of England
  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • North Somerset Council
  • School Phase Representatives
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector

The ACE HIT is an ambitious collaboration that will develop and share useful information and research about ACEs as well as best practice and resources.

How to get involved

You can join the mailing list here to get involved in this network and receive updates on the work of the ACE HIT.

The team would like to bring a group of people together to discuss and begin designing the participation and engagement approaches, processes and structures for the HIT. The intention is that young people and adults with experience of ACEs are part of this design process. If you would like to be involved then please get in touch with ACE HIT Programme Coordiantor, Bonnie Curran.

It would be helpful if you could provide a little bit of context for what you might bring to this to help with planning (e.g. direct experience of co-production, work with adults who have experienced ACEs, you facilitate a young people’s engagement network / group, you bring resources), whether your primary focus / experience is with adults, young people or children, plus any initial thoughts, suggestions, recommendations at this stage.

Please do share with colleagues who might be interested.

For further information e-mail Bonnie Curran, ACE HIT Programme Coordinator.


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