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Frequently asked questions

What is the Oxford Academic Health Science Network?

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) comprises more than 80 member organisations supported by a small core team. The member organisations include all the NHS healthcare providers, commissioners, universities and research bodies, social care providers and many third sector and independent organisations in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and parts of Bedfordshire. Our region is home to more than 3m people.

What does the Network do?

The Oxford AHSN is one of 15 AHSNs across England. They aim to turn innovation into mainstream clinical practice quickly and widely, improving health and creating wealth through better connections between the NHS, research and business.

How does the Network work?

The Oxford AHSN’s work is led by teams of specialist clinicians in areas such as diabetes, dementia and depression. The NHS currently spends £5bn annually in the Oxford AHSN area. The Oxford AHSN aims to make best possible use of that money by promoting quick adoption and widespread use of best practice so that patients get the best possible care – everywhere, every day. Developing effective partnerships with the significant life sciences presence in our region are a key priority.

How is the Oxford Academic Health Science Network funded?

Initial funding for the 15 AHSNs across England is from NHS England and their Management Boards are accountable to NHS England which has licensed them for five years from 2013. The Oxford AHSN is also seeking funding from other sources and, in due course, will look to generate revenue from innovation and service redesign.

Will the Oxford Academic Health Science Network use patient data?

Members use patient, and other personal, data for commissioning, care delivery and research purposes, all in line with established information governance arrangements.

How can I get in touch with the Oxford Academic Health Science Network?

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