Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world-renowned centre of clinical excellence. It is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.

The Trust is made up of four hospitals – the John Radcliffe Hospital (including the Children’s, Heart and Women’s centres), Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

About OUH

OUH is one of the UK’s largest teaching hospital trusts, delivering health services in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. The Trust is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has a statutory duty to assess and monitor its performance.

The CQC inspects OUH regularly to ensure it meets the essential standards of quality, safety and care set by law. All findings are shared with the Trust Board and key stakeholders to identify actions and support improvement.

As part of the Trust’s drive to deliver a high-quality patient experience, it has adopted a range of digital and IT systems. These enable information to be shared quickly and reliably across clinical teams, improving efficiency and improving patient outcomes.

OUH is currently implementing a new digital pathology network in partnership with Philips to improve the diagnosis of patients, as well as reduce costs and turnaround times. In the first phase of this project, Philips will provide an IntelliSite Pathology Solution at the John Radcliffe Hospital, which will serve as a central laboratory service for partner sites.

OUH’s vision

OUH has a long standing commitment to excellence in patient care, teaching and research. Using innovative technologies and cutting edge medical advances, we provide the highest quality of care to our patients and the best training for our staff. Our motto is to be at the centre of health, education and care in Oxfordshire and beyond. Founded in 1907, we are the oldest university hospital in the country and have an international reputation as an exemplar of medical excellence. Located in the heart of Oxford, we are home to over 7,000 medical and dental professionals and are at the forefront of research and innovation.

OUH’s values

The name OUH is pretty much synonymous with quality, innovation and service. But what really sets us apart from the competition is our commitment to a patient-centered, family centered, and patient-centric culture where everyone is empowered to make decisions that are right for their patients. The biggest challenge is balancing these values with the reality of operating as an institution under intense budget constraints. We are working to re-envision our purpose and create an environment where our patients and staff are at the centre of all we do.

OUH’s leadership

Leadership is a crucial component of an organisation’s culture. This is influenced by human resource policies, leadership style, accountability, communication and relationships with partner organisations. It is also difficult to define and improve.

OUH’s leadership programme offers training in advanced leadership skills and healthcare innovation and commercialisation, and in recognition and management of conflict. It is aimed at early to mid-career multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and aims to build a community of future leaders at OUH and its University partners.

The NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is dedicated to the development of cutting-edge translational research, involving a network of researchers from across the University of Oxford and OUH NHS Foundation Trust. It is a unique partnership with a large and diverse team of group leaders who are affiliated to clinical and para-clinical departments at OUH. These affiliations are essential to the research projects of each group leader, providing them with better access to patient material, biobanks and clinical trials.

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