Success for Oxford Academic Health Partners

Monday, 06 April 2020

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The Oxford Academic Health Partners (OAHP) has been designated as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) Academic Health Science Centre.

The OAHP includes Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford and its vision is to respond to major healthcare challenges such as healthy ageing, multimorbidity and mental health, antimicrobial resistance and the best use of digital tools to improve care and patient self-management.

The partners have been working together for the last six years in key areas including clinical research, multi-disciplinary education and healthcare innovations, supporting local needs and identified priorities.

The designation is for an initial period of five years, from 1st April 2020.

Professor Linda King, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Global Partnerships at Oxford Brookes University said: “The AHSC designation is fantastic news for the health community in Oxford and demonstrates the collaborative strength of the partners in world-class research, education and healthcare."

Professor Sir John Bell, Chairman of the OAHP said: “The strength of the partners and our plans are clear in all aspects of our work and our commitment to improve every aspect of patient care, research, innovation, education and training in ways that will benefit the changing NHS and its patients as a whole.”

Professor Keith Channon, Director of the OAHP added: “This success reflects very strong working relationships between the partners and the intention is now to deliver even more for current challenges, ongoing patient care, and in teaching, education and training and research and innovation.

“Each partner has its own special set of skills and areas of expertise and together the OAHP can bring these together and work not only across Oxfordshire but regionally and nationally.”

The OAHP is currently focusing their staff, facilities and expertise on overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, and using the close collaborations between the partners to make rapid progress in areas such as clinical trials of new treatments for COVID-19 patients in the NHS.  Daily examples of the excellent work and progress in this area can be seen across the media, with partners joining colleagues across the UK and beyond.

A launch event will be held later this year at which the work of the OAHP will be explained in more detail.