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About Us

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Oxford AHSN values statement 2021: ‘The Oxford AHSN is an open hub of knowledge and expertise working towards better patient outcomes in all aspects of healthcare improvement and innovation’

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) gets healthcare innovation into every day practice to improve patient safety, outcomes and experience, and generates 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. It’s also a leading national and international life sciences cluster with more than 640 life science businesses.

The Oxford AHSN is part of the national AHSN Network, a unique pool of expertise and experience, shared learning and intelligence, and home to a pipeline of emerging and proven solutions from around the country.

Map of England showing 15 regional AHSNs with logosEngland’s 15 AHSNs are commissioned by NHS England/Improvement and the Office for Life Sciences. They were established in 2013 and relicensed in 2018.

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.

We 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.

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