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OAHP governance builds on strong existing strategic and operational partnerships. Experience has shown OAHP’s governance to be flexible, responsive and agile allowing decisions to be progressed quickly. Board members are key decision makers and leaders in their own organisations at Chief Executive level or equivalent. Thus, the Board will deliver its objectives and vision as integral elements of the activities and approaches of the partner organisations.

Engagement of OAHP with Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire (BOB) Integrated Care System (ICS) will ensure strong links with social and community care, the Oxford-Cambridge Knowledge ARC and other bodies, and particularly the Oxford AHSN, strengthening wider reach across the Region and the UK. OAHP’s global reach is strong and will be developed further. The Board leads the integration of OAHP’s research infrastructure, specifically the NIHR infrastructure – two BRCs, MIC, ARC, CRF, CRN, and the lead for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, ensuring effective alignment to benefit all aspects of Partners’ work, and ensuring focus on population healthcare needs. The development of nationally leading mental health capability, through the OH BRC exemplifies the OAHP’s approach to strategic developments and decision making.

The Oxford Academic Health Partners Board is chaired by Professor Sir John Bell GBE , Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford. The members are:

Professor Keith Channon, Field Marshal Alexander Professor of Cardiology, Deputy Director of Division (Research), Medical Sciences Division and Director of R & D, OUH has been appointed as the first Director of Oxford Academic Health Partners and is supported the Chief Operating Officer, Dr Sara Ward and by Megan Turmezei, Programme Manager.

Also in attendance are the following who hold key roles in R & D and in the Oxford AHSN.

The organogram below shows the governance arrangements for the OAHP.  The four partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the objectives and it is being develop to lead to a Joint Working Agreement between all partners.  The MoU was reviewed and updated in October 2021 and now includes the Oxford Academic Health Science Network as a formal and the fifth Partners.