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About Us

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The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) gets innovation into clinical practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experience, and generate economic growth through collaboration between the NHS, industry and universities. We cover a region of three million people living in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire.

The Oxford AHSN is part of the national AHSN Network, linked into a unique collaborative of expertise and experience, sharing learning, pooling intelligence, and benefitting from a pipeline of emerging and proven solutions from around the country.

England’s 15 AHSNs were set up by NHS England in 2013 and were relicensed from April 2018 to operate as the key innovation arm of the NHS. We understand the needs of our health systems and are well placed to broker innovative solutions, while collaborating across England to take what works best and quickly spread it nationally.

Oxford AHSN teamWe are catalysts for innovation, helping facilitate change across whole health and social care economies – to improve health, drive down the cost of care and stimulate economic growth.

We connect regional networks of NHS and research organisations, local authorities, industry and citizens – responding to the diverse needs of our patients and populations through partnership and collaboration.

We create the right environment for relevant industries and innovators to work more effectively with the health and social care ecosystem.

We are collaborators – we identify successful innovations in our local and regional communities and support the spread of these across our national Network at pace and scale.

AHSNs support the regional ‘import and export’ of healthcare innovation through our Innovation Exchange. This approach is coordinated by AHSNs to identify, select and support the adoption of innovations that improve our economy and patients’ lives.

Funded by the government’s Office for Life Sciences, the Innovative Exchange builds on AHSNs’ unique expertise and cross-sector connections, enabling us to identify common challenges and quickly bring people and organisations together to develop, test and spread proven innovation.

Our shared priorities across the AHSN Network are:

  1. Stimulating economic growth through the Innovation Pathway and the Innovation Exchange
  2. Transforming digital health and maximising the potential of artificial intelligence (AI)
  3. Working with researchers and research funders
  4. Supporting clinical and commercial innovators.
  • Read more about the impact of the Oxford AHSN here
  • Read more about the collaborative work of England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks here
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