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New fund supports global healthcare challenges

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is to launch a major funding call this September, targeted towards pioneering healthcare research and development. The council’s Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) provides funding to support the application and commercialisation of STFC research to address global challenges including healthcare. On 22 September STFC will hold a […]

Future of Academic Health Science Networks secured for five more years

Academic Health Science Networks 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, Ian Dodge said: “We should retain a comprehensive network of 15 AHSNs because they have proved their worth.” […]

AdviSeME prize funds available

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is offering the chance to win a free scientific advice worth £15,000 to small businesses, academic research groups or charities developing transformative healthcare products in pharmaceuticals and medtech for the NHS. Products should be in the clinical development phase, have the potential for further clinical development […]

Apply now to join our next course for NHS innovators

Fifty frontline NHS staff have already taken part in our support programme for healthcare innovators. You could follow in their footsteps by joining the next programme which starts in September. Find out more here. This free programme helps healthcare employees identify and introduce new ways of improving patient care. Previous participants had a wide range of experience […]

AHSNs to receive £39m to assess benefits of new technologies

The government has announced a major initiative to encourage the rapid uptake of health innovation – with a central role for Academic Health Science Networks. Today’s announcement, by the Office for Life Sciences, confirms that England’s 15 AHSNs will play a key part in getting innovative new diagnostic tools, treatments and medical technologies to patients […]

350+ attend three Oxford AHSN events on single day

More than 350 people attended three wide-ranging events on 27 June run by the Oxford AHSN and partner organisations. The topics covered included genomics, better use of diagnostics to ease pressure on emergency care and new developments in digital health and precision medicine. They featured renowned national speakers as well as clinical leaders from the […]

NHS accelerator launches international call for high-impact innovations to join its 2017 cohort

A new search for the world’s best healthcare innovations to help improve patients’ lives launched on 14 June, focussing on key NHS priorities including mental health, primary care, and urgent and emergency care. The NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) – an NHS England initiative supported by all 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) – is recruiting […]

Assessment will help health and care systems harness digital technologies

NHS England has commissioned the development of a place based digital maturity assessment to support local improvement. It will consider the extent to which effective digital technologies are used across health and care systems to improve outcomes and experience. The work is being carried out by a coalition led by Oxford Academic Health Science Network […]

Oxford AHSN supports national digital health initiative

Oxford Academic Health Science Network is working with NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit (Arden & GEM) to develop and support a learning network across the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme – the government initiative to create a network of world class organisations which support high quality care with digital technology. The GDE programme focuses […]

‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ reinforces role of AHSNs to foster innovation

NHS England has today (31 March 2017) published ‘Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View’ which sets out how the NHS will deliver practical improvements while transforming the way that care is delivered to ease pressure on hospitals by helping frail and older people live healthier, more independent lives. Academic Health Science Networks […]

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