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Who we are – some facts and figures

Keys facts about the University of Oxford and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Key facts about the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Brookes University

The 2022 THE World University Rankings placed UoO #1 for pre-clinical, clinical and health subjects for the eleventh consecutive year, and the World’s #1 University, for the sixth consecutive year. Recent highlights for UoO Medical Sciences Division (MSD) include the opening of the BioEscalator – a new innovation centre for high potential, early-stage medical science companies at the Old Road Campus; the opening of a preventative healthcare clinic ‘The Oxford University Clinic’ in London in partnership with Mayo Clinic and OUH and the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to UoO’s Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe, also Clinical Director at the Francis Crick Institute.

The University of Oxford has 24,000 students from 140+ countries and and supports 30,000 jobs across Oxfordshire, making a £2bn contribution to the economy.  Key institutes and activities include the Big Data Institute, NIHR School for Primary Care Research , Oxford University Innovations and Oxford Sciences Innovations.

Oxford Brookes was ranked one of the UK’s top 50 universities in the Guardian University Guide 2022.  In the latest THE Young University Rankings published in February 2022, Oxford Brookes was the 7th highest ranked UK institution for research and 6th in the UK for teaching.  In March 2022, the Oxford Brookes Global MBA programme was ranked 15th in the world in this year’s QS Online MBA Rankings, moving up one place to 4th in the UK.   OBU has forged international partnerships with Mexico, Brazil and Ghana to support research into Global Challenges including parasitic diseases, gene therapy and vaccines.

OAHP established The Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) at OBU in 2017 as a nationally unique research institute that encompasses experts across health and social care research, with a strong focus on excellence in research, patient care and health education. The Institute stimulates research in allied health professions across the OAHP, working closely with Chief Nurses at OUH and OH and includes an OxINMAHR-appointed NIHR 70@70 fellow. OxINMAHR research is now nationally or internationally leading in areas including cancer survivorship, child health and social care, substance abuse and addiction, and physical and occupational rehabilitation. OBU’s Swindon campus provides adult nursing education and celebrates its 20th year. OBU is one of only three NMC Assessment/Competency Centres for overseas healthcare workers.

OBU has 2,800 staff and 18,000 students with 82% from the UK and it includes a number of units including the Oxford Clinical Allied Technology and Trial Services Unit, and the Oxford Nutrition Centre.

The fifth partner is Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley,  the new name for Oxford AHSN. After 10 years AHSNs have become Health Innovation Networks as part of the new five-year licence to 2028. The new name better reflects the collective role as ‘the innovation arm of the NHS’ in the region. The remit remains unchanged – we continue to work with partners in the NHS, research and industry to identify, develop and spread innovation that will benefit patients, services, populations and economies. We have four key health and care priorities: respiratory, mental health, cardiovascular disease and maternity and neonatal care.  Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley is licensed by NHS England and the Office for Life Sciences. It is governed by a Board which is independently chaired by Nigel Keen. Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley is hosted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH). The Trust’s Chief Executive is the deputy chair of the Board of Health Innovation Oxford and Thames Valley.

Athena SWAN

UoO MSD and OBU’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences hold Silver Athena Swan Awards. OBU partners with UoO, the Royal Society, Elsevier UK and PertinaxPharma in the EPSRC funded project Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in University Spinout Companies – A Case for Action and OBU’s Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice covers all aspects. OBU has been awarded EU funding for the roll out of Athena Swan across Europe.

NHS Trusts

There are two NHS Foundation Trusts covering Oxfordshire and beyond – Oxford Health (OH) providing mental health services, including specialist regional services,  and community services and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) providing a full range of District General, Regional and Specialist clinical services.  Both Trusts work closely with the Oxford University Medical Sciences Division and Oxford Brookes University.

OH is the designated lead provider for regional specialist mental health services for eating disorders, inpatient adolescent mental health and forensic care across central southern England. OH established Oxford Healthcare Improvement (OHI) to bring the knowledge base of improvement science to bear to achieve better safety and outcomes mental health and community care settings.  OUH is one of only 5 designated Major Trauma Centres and has a significant number of tertiary services across all age groups. Examples include the Cleft Lip and Palate Service and the Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre.

Our work has been set by the plan outlined in our Application which can be found here. Oxford Academic Health Partners application for designation 2020