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NIHR Acknowledges our work in 2020/2021 and notes impact

Letter to Professor Keith Channon, Director of the Oxford Academic Health Partners

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH – NHS ENGLAND AND NHS IMPROVEMENT
DESIGNATED ACADEMIC HEALTH SCIENCE CENTRE (AHSC) ANNUAL REPORT 2020/21
We thank you and the AHSC staff for a tremendous year’s work, and for their contribution to delivering
the work programme over the year and for the time taken to complete the 2020 2021 Annual Report combined
Thank you for submitting a clear and comprehensive report on the progress made by Oxford
Academic Health Partners AHSC in 2020-21 against the plans outlined in your approved application.
We appreciate that the Covid-19 pandemic created significant difficulties to both delivery and reporting
during this first year of the new designation. However each of the AHSCs has made good progress
against its objectives, whilst making a marked contribution to the pandemic response.

We note that objectives were broadly on track, with some delays due to Covid constraints. We were
pleased to read that the launch of an Oxford Joint Research Office at the beginning of the academic
year 2022-23 remains a high priority. It remains a very high priority for the Board and all five partners.
We look forward to an update in next year’s annual report.

We welcome Dr Nick Broughton as Oxford Health’s new CEO, and Dr Karl Marlowe as Chief Medical
Officer.

Thank you for providing case studies which have highlighted notable impact. These have been shared
with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I).
Please continue to send stories of your successes to us at ccf-infrastructure-team@nihr.ac.uk.
The reports submitted this year have provided us with an overview on the progress not only for the
individual AHSCs but for the AHSC initiative as a whole.

Thank you once again for compiling the annual report, and we look forward to hearing about the
AHSCs impact in the upcoming year.

FROM NIHR CCF 9 December 2021