The Oxford Academic Health Science Network (http://www.oxfordahsn.org) is composed of health and social care providers, NHS commissioners, universities, life sciences industry and business and commercial organisations, and the constituent population within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire (including Milton Keynes) and Oxfordshire – The Thames Valley – and Bedfordshire. Its NHS affiliates provide links into Gloucestershire, South Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Wiltshire reflecting existing and long standing clinical networks. The population served will be 3.3 million, which is predicted to grow significantly in some areas including Milton Keynes.
Membership currently includes all NHS trusts and commissioners, all NIHR bodies, all universities, a range of NHS related bodies including Solutions for Public Health, the Patient Safety Federation, UK Cochrane Centre, the National Spinal Injuries Centre and NHS Innovations SE, a number of local authorities, the Oxford Academic Health Consortium, and, as affiliated members, a number of 3rd sector bodies, e.g. the Genetics Alliance UK, the Picker Institute and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, and an increasing number of networks and alliances associated with business and commercial organisations, including local enterprise partnerships, Science Vale UK, the South East Health Technology Alliance, the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry and the Association of British Healthcare Industries.
The Universities cover a wide range of research areas and institutes including the George Centre for Healthcare Innovation, the Centre for Accelerating Medical Innovations, the Health Experiences Institute (University of Oxford), the Centre for Rehabilitation and the Institute for Research into Child Development (Oxford Brookes University), the Institute for Clinical Nursing Innovation, the Allied Health Enterprise Development Centre and the Institute of Mental Health (Buckinghamshire New University), and the Centre for Information Design Research, the Clinical Health Sciences Institute, the Charlie Waller Institute and the Winnicott Research Unit (University of Reading). In addition, the Open University is a world leader in e-learning and in developing technology to increase access to education and knowledge.
A number of NHS Trusts are also affiliated members although their primary membership will be with other AHSNs: these include the following, South Warwickshire CCG, South Warwickshire NHS FT, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS FT, Great Western Hospital NHS FT, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS FT.
The AHSN will be run by the Oxford AHSN Partnership Council, the Management Board and the Executive Team.