We are delighted to announce that the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) has been formally designated by NHS England.

Oxford AHSN is one of 15 chosen Networks in the country and covers a population of 3.3m, including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, including Milton Keynes, Berkshire and Bedfordshire.

The aim of the Networks is to improve patient care by putting innovation at the heart of the NHS, linking healthcare with academia, research and business.

Closer collaboration between these sectors working together, supported by the Network, will help to improve patient outcomes and health, whilst also creating economic activity within the local economies.

Although formally designated in May, the Oxford AHSN has been operating for the last few months, and has been hosted by the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) with their Chief Executive, Sir Jonathan Michael acting as interim Chief Executive for the Oxford AHSN.

Nigel Keen, Chairman of the Oxford AHSN, said “This is an exciting opportunity to encourage the uptake of innovation in the NHS and I am pleased to be the Chairman of this new organisation.

“I know at first-hand the broad range of innovative work taking place in healthcare within our region, from research within our Universities and the NHS, to healthcare products being developed by local industry.  The Network allows us to now bring this together always with the goal of improving patient focus and care.

“Our region is home to a wealth of hospitals, Universities and life-science industries working with many talented and forward-thinking people.  The Network will act as a focal point, bringing benefits to patients by creating sustainable and equitable healthcare, and in turn,  creating prosperity for our local economy”.

Further information about the Oxford Academic Health Science Network can be found via the website www.oxfordahsn.org

For a link to the national announcement from NHS England please visit www.england.nhs.uk/2013/05/23/acc-health-sci-ntwrk/