The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs initially 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 now 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 began in April 2018.
The Oxford AHSN gets innovation into clinical practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experience through collaboration between the NHS, industry and universities. It works with a large and growing list of partners across these three work to deliver best health for our population and prosperity for our region.
The NHS spends £5bn a year in the Oxford AHSN region and it employs 65,000 people predominantly in six 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.