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How we are managed

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 Trust Board pages for the latest information.



University Hospitals Bristol is managed by the Trust Board, which consists of executive directors including the chief executive and non-executive directors, and is led by the chairman.

We are a Foundation Trust, which enables greater local accountability and greater financial freedom.  The Council of Governors is part of the governance structure and holds the Trust Board to account. This means it has a number of duties which include the appointment of the non-executive directors and external auditors and can scrutinise the performance of the Trust Board. Some of the governors are elected by the Trust's public and staff membership, while others are appointed by local stakeholder organisations.

The Trust is organised into five clinical divisions (Women's and Children's Services, Medicine, Surgery Head and Neck, Specialised Services and Diagnostics and Therapies) and a sixth division which consists of all corporate services. Each clinical division is led by a Clinical Chair, appointed on a three-year term, and a Divisional Director who are jointly responsible for leading their divisions. All divisions and departments ultimately report to the chief executive: Board and Divisional Leadership Structure (July 2019).

The Trust's general services are commissioned by the local clinical commissioning groups, mainly Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Specialist services are nationally commissioned. 

We are a major centre for teaching and research and this is reflected in our mission to is to improve the health of the people we service by delivering exceptional care, teaching and research every day. We have close partnerships and working relationships organisations such as the University of Bristol, University of the West of England, Severn Deanery and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). 

Trust Board

Trust Board 2019


Members 2019


Governors 2019

 Youth Involvement Group

Youth council