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Anchor Institution

Anchor Institutions are defined as large organisations whose long-term sustainability is tied to the wellbeing of the populations they serve.

These organisations are 'rooted in place' and have significant assets and resources which can be used to influence the health and wellbeing of their local community.

By strategically and intentionally managing their resources and operations, Anchor Institutions can help address local social, economic and environmental priorities in order to reduce health inequalities.

The NHS as an Anchor Institution - The Health Foundation

OUH Anchor Round Table Event

Creating health with the communities we serve

On 28 September 2023 over 60 people from Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), Oxfordshire institutions, and community and voluntary sector organisations, came together in Barton Neighbourhood Centre to consider how the Trust can deliver on our Clinical Strategy ambition to develop our role as an 'Anchor Institution'.

We heard from participants about what they would like to see - some examples are included below.

  • OUH as an enabling and trusted partner within a system that builds healthier and happier communities and places where people want to live and work
  • an 'Anchor road map' or delivery plan with action-focused outcomes developed in partnership
  • processes to underpin sustained change.

Please read the full report to learn more:

Creating health with the communities we serve (pdf, 9 MB)

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped for their time and effort, and we look forward to progressing our role as an Anchor Institution.

Last reviewed:08 February 2024