Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network and consultant stroke physician at OUH, is the new Chair of the AHSN Network, the national body bringing together England’s 15 AHSNs.
Gary said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at an important time for AHSNs and the wider NHS. Through the pandemic, AHSNs have demonstrated our value to local health systems and NHS regional teams, providing practical support and leadership through key initiatives including COVID Oximetry @home.
“We need to continue to build on these strengths in our future national and local work, and – working with our NHS partners, academia and industry – accelerate the uptake of well-evidenced innovations and clinical pathway redesign that improve health and social care outcomes.”
Gary is also joining the Board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).