Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre submitted a full application to the Department of Health on 30 September as part of the open competition to designate AHSCs.

The selection process will include an interview with an international panel of medical experts at the end of October. The Department of Health will designate AHSCs for five years from 1 April 2014.

Imperial College AHSC, a partnership between Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, was established in 2007 as the first AHSC in the UK. It was formally designated as an AHSC by the Department of Health in 2009.

Imperial College AHSC seeks to use excellence in research and education at the College to transform health outcomes, and support the UK’s globally competitive position in healthcare by increasing societal and economic gain. The AHSC’s vision is that the quality of life of patients and populations will be measurably improved by translating discoveries into medical advances, new therapies and techniques, and by promoting their application in the NHS and around the world, in as fast a timeframe as is possible.

Announcement of the results of the designation process are expected by the end of 2013.