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Oxford Academic Health Science Network future secured until 2023

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The future of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (Oxford AHSN) and that of the other fourteen AHSNs throughout England is secure until 2023.

At its meeting on 21 July 2017, the NHS England Board confirmed its intention to relicense all AHSNs from 2018, initially for five years.

Ian Dodge, National Director for Strategy and Innovation, said, "We should retain a comprehensive network of 15 AHSNs because they have proved their worth... I see the AHSNs as an enduring part of the NHS architecture."

Professor Gary Ford, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford AHSN, said, "We are now well placed to build on our work, focusing on innovation, growth and service transformation to deliver better care to the patients in our region."

The decision follows the Government announcement on 14 July 2017 that AHSNs would take on a central role in a major initiative to encourage the rapid uptake of health innovation.

The 15 AHSNs will share £39m over the next three years through the Office for Life Sciences.