The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs licensed for five years by NHS England in 2013. It covers a population of three million living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.
AHSNs are a key part of the NHS architecture with a long-term future, according to NHS England National Director of Strategy and Innovation Ian Dodge. Speaking at NHS England’s Board meeting on 21 July 2017, he said: “We should retain a comprehensive network of 15 AHSNs because they have proved their worth.” The second five-year licence begins in April 2018.
The Oxford AHSN works with a large and growing list of partners in the NHS, universities and industry within and beyond our region.
Our vision is ‘Best health for our population and prosperity for our region’
This will be delivered in line with our mission:
We bring together universities, industry and the NHS to improve health and prosperity in our region through rapid clinical innovation adoption.
Our strategy is designed to achieve these four objectives from our licence with NHS England:
- Focus on the needs of patients and local populations – support and work in partnership with commissioners and public health bodies to identify and address unmet health and social care needs, whilst promoting health equality and best practice.
- Speed up adoption of innovation into practice to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience – support the identification and more rapid uptake and spread of research evidence and innovation at pace and scale to improve patient care and local population health.
- Build a culture of partnership and collaboration – promote inclusivity, partnership and collaboration to consider and address local, regional and national priorities.
- Create wealth through co-development, testing, evaluation and early adoption and spread of new products and services
These are reinforced by aims developed by the Oxford AHSN which reflect local conditions, initiatives and strengths.
The NHS spends £5bn a year in the Oxford AHSN region and it employs 65,000 people predominantly in 12 clinical commissioning groups and 11 NHS Trusts. The Oxford AHSN region is also home to nine universities, 12 local authorities and four local enterprise partnerships. The regional health, university and industry infrastructure is plotted in this interactive map.