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Building on a decade of health innovation

To mark the start of our second decade accelerating the adoption and spread of health innovation, we are showcasing a series of wide-ranging examples of our work with partners in the NHS, research and industry to meet health needs. Since 2013 Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley (formerly the Oxford AHSN) has helped transform services […]

New videos explain prostate condition

A series of information videos has been developed to help increase understanding of a condition called benign prostatic enlargement (BPE), otherwise known as enlarged prostate. BPE is common in men aged over 50. It can lead to issues with urinating but it is not a cancer – and an enlarged prostate does not indicate an […]

New name, same aim

Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley is the new name for the Oxford AHSN from 1 October 2023. After ten years AHSNs have become Health Innovation Networks as part of our new five-year licence through to 2028. Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley, said: “The new name better reflects […]

Oxford stroke centre is among first to hit NHS target for key treatment

The stroke unit at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is among the first in the country to hit an NHS target for a life-changing treatment. Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) can reduce disability and prevent or limit long-term care needs following a stroke. One of the priorities outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan in 2019 was to […]

Toolkit supports better outcomes for asthma patients – and the planet

On Clean Air Day (15 June 2023) three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are launching a toolkit to help healthcare professionals working in the respiratory field to benefit patients and reduce the environmental impact of asthma treatments. The Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), Oxford and Wessex AHSNs have come together to create a practical guide called […]

Blog: Better outcomes for patients and planet

How tackling climate change benefits respiratory care On Clean Air Day (15 June 2023) three Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) are launching a toolkit for respiratory professionals to help cut the carbon footprint of inhalers, optimise prescribing and identify severe asthma. Amelia James (pictured), Environmental Sustainability Lead at the Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) and Oxford […]

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Our Chief Executive talks to students about NHS career options

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN, visited The Bicester School to talk to students about NHS careers. Gary, a consultant stroke physician, drew on his experience from medical training through working as a stroke doctor to leading national research and innovation programmes. He was one of more than 100 senior leaders who […]

NHS and Government back AHSNs to continue to lead innovation under new name

The Government and NHS England have today confirmed their intention to relicense England’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) under the revised badge of ‘Health Innovation Networks’ (HINs) to reflect their key role in supporting development and spread of innovation across health services. Following yesterday’s (25 May) meeting of the UK Life Science Council, it […]

Thousands benefit from improved access to innovative diagnostics and life-changing treatments in asthma care

Thousands of people across England are benefiting from improved access to diagnostics and treatments for asthma. To mark World Asthma Day (2 May), AHSNs are celebrating the achievements of two national programmes which have transformed asthma pathways. Asthma is a common health condition, affecting more than 5.4 million people in the UK. It can have […]

AHSNs prove value over first ten years

by Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive of the Oxford AHSN and Chair of the AHSN Network This month marks ten years since the creation of Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) by NHS England to transform the way the health service identifies, adopts and spreads promising innovations. In the decade since then AHSNs have improved health […]