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Research and Development

A vast amount of effective research and development (R&D) work goes on in the Oxford AHSN region. The Oxford AHSN R&D programme supports the development of capability, capacity and collaboration across the NHS and our nine universities to make our region a more attractive place for research to improve healthcare locally, regionally and nationally. It aims to do this through closer collaboration between the universities, NHS and industry.

During 2019 the Oxford AHSN worked with regional research partners to implement the findings of a national survey of local NHS research and innovation needs commissioned by the AHSN Network with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and NHS England.

The Oxford AHSN has a good working relationship with the NIHR Thames Valley and South Midlands Clinical Research Network, the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Oxford and Thames Valley and others including regional clinical trials units and biomedical research centres, to support research, share information and opportunities, increase recruitment to trials, facilitate adoption of innovation, create coherent research platforms for partners and cut costs.

We aim to create an environment where every clinical encounter can contribute to research.

Chaired by Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and led by Prof Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, the R&D group comprises representatives from universities, NHS trusts and related bodies in the Oxford AHSN region.

The group meets approximately three times a year. Its remit  is to provide opportunities for collaboration between the NHS and university partners within the region in all aspects of R&D impacting on health and healthcare.

For further information contact Ben Thompson