University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget £578m (2014-15)[1]
Employees 8400
Chair John Savage
Chief Executive Robert Woolley
Website University Hospitals Bristol
Wiki-Links National Health Service

The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust runs Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Eye Hospital, South Bristol Community Hospital, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, St Michael's Hospital and the University of Bristol Dental Hospital, in Bristol, England.


In September 2016, the trust was selected by NHS England as one of twelve Global Digital Exemplars.[2]

In March 2017, The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the trust as 'Outstanding' and praised it for its strong culture of safety. It is the first NHS Trust in England to jump from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Outstanding' between two inspections. The CQC's chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, hailed it as a "tremendous achievement".[3][4][5]

Children's heart surgery[edit]

The care of children receiving complex cardiac surgical services at the Bristol Royal Infirmary between 1984 and 1995 was the subject of a public enquiry chaired by Professor Ian Kennedy which resulted from whistle-blowing by Dr Stephen Bolsin.

Laurence Vick, who represented dozens of families in cases which led to the Bristol heart inquiry said in January 2014 that in both the original scandal and the more recent deaths, where he is representing families of six children who died following care at the children's hospital, hospital units were not "fully prepared" for the complex surgery and after-care arrangements. He said recommendations made after the report had not always been implemented, adding: "Here we are 13 years on and we still haven't learned from that."[6]


The Trust agreed in 2011 that breast and urology services would pass to North Bristol during 2012 while in 2013-14 children’s services, paediatric burns and neurosciences will transfer from North Bristol to the Trust.[7]


The Trust decided in February 2014 April that it would stop undertaking all “non-specialised, elective activity” for Welsh local health boards, not covered by an existing contract because of continuing payment issues.[8]

The Trust did very well in the 2014 cancer patient experience survey and has agreed to pair up with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which did badly, in a scheme intended to “spread and accelerate innovative practice via peer to peer support and learning”.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Report 2014/15" (PDF). Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "New plans to expand the use of digital technology across the NHS". Department of Health and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "University Hospitals Bristol Main Site". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Bristol NHS trust jumps from 'requires improvement' to 'outstanding'". BBC News. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  5. ^ "England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals rates University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust as Outstanding | Care Quality Commission". Retrieved 2017-03-03. 
  6. ^ "Bristol Children's Hospital has "still not learned lesson from the heart scandal"". Bristol Post. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bristol acutes set to begin service reconfiguration". Health Service Journal. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "English trust to stop cross-border elective work". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "'Pioneering' cancer care buddying scheme launched". Health Service Journal. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.