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About TheHill

TheHill is a part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Our goals

We aim to increase digital innovation adoption in the NHS to improve efficiency and effectiveness, thus empowering staff and benefitting patients.

Our objectives

  • Identify needs within OUH and match them with digital innovations.
  • Build capacity, understanding and skills to enable NHS staff to engage and champion digital innovation.
  • Support SMEs and individuals to understand the NHS better and bring their innovations to market.
  • Connect people, systems and resources to encourage a thriving ecosystem that promotes partnership, investment and digital solutions for the benefit of all.
  • Facilitate adoption of innovation into the Trust by designing and implementing an innovation pipeline process.

Working within OUH strategic themes

TheHill’s digital innovation agenda drives Digital By Default through providing the relevant opportunities and technologies; fosters a One Team One OUH culture of Innovation through community building and cross-divisional collaborative activities; and continues the Trust’s reputation for World Class Impact by ensuring we are at the forefront of digital innovation.

Many of the technologies in TheHill’s pipeline enable Close to Home Care through remote monitoring and patient communication.

We run workshops to determine needs and share best practice, and have established a pipeline of digital innovation for the Trust.

We are a diverse, collaborative team who maintain an agile and resourceful approach to digital innovation.

Our sphere of engagement is local, regional and national Connecting the ecosystem and stakeholders
We work in Oxfordshire and across the Thames Valley with NHS Trusts, universities, digital developers, innovators and investors to promote and encourage commercial and impactful technological solutions to problems in health and care. We bring together patients, carers, nurses, doctors, allied healthcare professionals, designers, developers, researchers, business leaders, investors – and anyone with a passion for using new technologies to improve healthcare.


TheHill (so named because of the geographical position of healthcare in Oxford, concentrated at the top of Headington Hill) was founded in 2016 by a team that included a member of OUH staff, to build a community to support digital innovation in Oxford. Its aim was to catalyse change by facilitating connections between staff, patients, researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses. It received backing from the AHSN and Oxford Health Partners. TheHill was hosted by the Trust from its inception, and during 2020, raised funding largely from European Union grants, to support our activities. The Trust and AHSN provided match funding for these grants.

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