Active, sustained involvement with Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) as specified by NIHR is a key strategic objective for us to enable the wider innovation landscape to help deliver to NHS Long Term Plan, Life Science Industrial Strategy, Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC), Oxford and Thames Valley ARC and other local NIHR infrastructure
The Oxford AHSN plays a huge role in the work of the Partners and enables the work done by the individual partners to be disseminated widely across the AHSN region and beyond through the AHSN Network. The CEO, Professor Gary Ford, is a member of the OAHP Board. Professor Keith Channon, Director OAHP serves on the AHSN Board; our COO, Dr Sara Ward, works closely with the AHSN in a number of areas, and the R & D Group is supported by our Senior Programme Manager, Megan Turmezei.
The Oxford AHSN has the following programmes:
Building evidence for innovations in the real world, establishing an innovation exchange, working with commercial partners to accelerate health and economic gains and securing regional investment
Implementing evidence-based innovation across the NHS to improve patient care, through sustainable solutions in medicines, devices, digital health and system transformation which meet identified NHS needs
Building a culture of safety, continuous learning and improvement in line with local, regional and national priorities to reduce harm and enable safer care than ever before
In addition, the AHSN has a Research and Development Oversight Group chaired by Joe Harrison, CEO of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This group well attended by NHS providers and Academic and research organisations across the AHSN region. More information can be found here.
The AHSN Network brings together all 15 AHSN across England is currently chaired by Professor Ford. It is sponsoring three national programmes into which all AHSNs feed. Joint meetings between the AHSNs and the AHSCs are now being held which provide great opportunities for collaborations and information sharing. and the OAHP can also contribute: