Through a unique slice of history this article by Ann Christiano & Annie Neimand demonstrates simple tools for communication that would work equally well in networks to drive change.

Carol Read RN/MSc

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Useful resources for communities of practice drawn from the Source4Networks platform.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Change agents

Networks rely on their membership to drive change and address wicked problems.  This blog reviews healthcare literature to understand what super powers change agents have and why you would want them in your network.    

Carol Read RN/MSc


Useful knowledge management resources drawn from the Source4Networks platform.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Focal Point Webinar
Start Date: 10/09/2018 14:00
End Date: 2018-09-09
Location: Webinar

‘Building the plane while flying it’ - Getting networks off the ground: lessons learned from a year in the life of a new national community of practice. Are you in the process of setting up a new network? Are you wondering where to start with this seemingly daunting task? This webinar – the latest in the Focal Point series from Source4Networks – could be just what you need to get you off the ground. 


 Following on from the webinar on "7 Deadly Sins of Knowledge Sharing" Andrew Lamb from Sustainable Improvement Team, NHS England produced a blog on Knowledge Enabled Organisations

An insightful article by Sarah Stachowiak & Lauren Gase, which reviews eight findings from a recent study of collective impact initiatives, including their effect on systems and population-level outcomes.  Whilst not directly linked to networks the findings highlight useful tools to bring about change.

Carol Read RN/MSc

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A follow up evaluation report from our case study on the co-creation network. Worth reviewing to understand how to gain impact from a diverse range of clinical and patient inspired networks and communities of practice.

Carol Read RN/MSc

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A ground breaking study into networks of change agents in the NHS by Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro. The authors studied 68 initiatives for one year after their inception and discovered striking predictors of change agents’ success. The short story is that their personal networks—their relationships with colleagues—were critical. The article reviews in depth what worked to bring about change in the NHS.

Carol Read RN/MSc

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An international article exploring why learning networks are one of the most effective ways to accelerate learning and strengthen coordination across the social sector.  Learning from this article could be applied across the UK health and Social care sector.

Carol Read RN/MSc

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Integrated care networks in the UK/International. Useful resources drawn from the Source4Networks platform.

Carol Read RN/MSc

This commissioned Kings Fund report builds on the overview of the Montefiore Health System published in April 2018 and explores building primary and community care, managing patients with complex needs, supporting infrastructure, and elements of a high-performing system.  Useful to explore integrated care system in the USA and compare with the new care models and network leadership in the UK.

Carol Read RN/MSc


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A curated playlist of videos on integrated care by the FutureNHS collaboration.  These videos would be useful to spark a conversation within your integrated care network. Videos cover case studies and more in-depth knowledge of new care models throughout the UK. 

Carol Read RN/MSc

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Carol Read RN/MSc

The article taken from the Stanford Social Innovation Review offers a unique approach to solving wicked problems.  

10 minute read.


Primary care networks in the UK/International.  Useful resources drawn from the Source4Networks platform.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Start Date: 01/07/2018 00:00
End Date: 2018-07-01

Following the successful launch of the Leading Large Scale Change Guide and Virtual Academy of Large Scale Change (VALSC) webinar series, NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement (SI) Team is now offering targeted large scale change support via face-to-face masterclasses. 

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Focal point webinar
Start Date: 15/07/2018 16:00
End Date: 2018-07-23
Location: Webinar

This one hour webinar with renowned expert in networks and knowledge management, Chris Collison, offers a highly practical exploration of one of the critical dimensions of effective networks – enabling and encouraging members to capture and share their knowledge.

Carol Read RN/MSc

NHS England has recently changed the name of accountable care systems to integrated care systems, which describes more accurately the work being done in the 10 areas of England operating in this way. This Kings Fund updated long read looks at work under way in these systems and at NHS England’s proposals for an accountable care organisation contract.


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Carol Read RN/MSc

This short 10 minute read covers knowledge management in networks and supports the next Source4Networks webinar July 2018.  Relevent references are highlighted to aid network leaders in their practice. 

Source4Networks has created a series of exciting events designed for current and aspiring network facilitators, leaders and enthusiasts. 

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A monthly 'digest' of what's new on the S4N platform, from practical tools, events and case studies, to insights from thought leaders.

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Professor Becky Malby

A ten minute read on the current status of primary care, potential developments and a focus on the need for collaboration.  The blog links to additional content on the site looking at primary care in the UK, Canada and the USA.   

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Pinnacle Midlands Health Network is a New Zealand primary health care innovator and development company working on behalf of Pinnacle Incorporated. The company supports the sustainability and further development of leading edge primary health care services. They exist in order for providers and clinicians to have the tools they need to deliver services that create the very best health outcomes for their patients.

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 A comprehensive review of primary care models in the NHS undertaken by the Health Service Journal reporter - Rebecca Thomas   

Transformational change

Carol Read RN/MSc

Healthcare systems worldwide are striving to provide patient pathways that deliver benefit, quality and contain costs. Networks are considered a way to manage care differently and work across existing boundaries.   A literature review was undertaken to identify key factors in Canada and USA research which could inform network practice in the UK.  

The research study examines key processes and supportive and inhibiting factors involved in the development, evolution and sustainability of a child health network in rural Canada.  Findings from the paper contribute to understanding of inter-organisational and cross-sectoral health networks.  It is recommended reading in full to support the blog on ransformational change, integrative leadership and international networks.

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Research article

Mylaine Breton et al. 2013

Over the past decade in the province of Quebec, Canada, the government has initiated two consecutive reforms.  These have created a new type of primary healthcare - Family medical groups (FMGs) and Local healthcare networks (LHNs) across the province.  This paper analyzes the impact of the reforms and findings are shared.  Review of this research is recomended in conjunction with the June blog on Transformational change, Integrative leadership and International networks.

Study article

Chris Silvia and Michael McGuire - 2010 - The Leadership Quarterly

The article was one of the first studies of integrative leadership behaviour.  It raises important differences in the behaviour of leaders in public sector agencies and in networks with an international perspective.  We recomend review of the paper in conjunction with the June blog on Transformational change, Integrative leadership and International networks. 

General practice is percieved to be in crisis by major think tanks and change is needed. The new report from the King Fund looks at innovative models of general practice and identifies key features for designing effective GP services in the future.  Five attributes that underpin general practice: person-centred, holistic care; access; co-ordination; continuity and community focus are outlined. A useful report to provide insight into the enviroment where networks could be deployed.

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Richard M.J. Bohmer

An international perspective on transformational change, which sets the context for networks to grow, thrive and deliver value.  It outlines that top-down approaches to health and care transformation focused on management-led governance & structural change rarely deliver the intended outcomes. Lasting transformation requires the relentless hard work of local operational redesign.  Networks are ideally placed to provide the structure required.

A ten minute read.


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Paul Hodgkin, Louis Horsley and Ben Metz

The article covers a diverse range of online communities from patient forums to peer to peer support platforms.  It provides an excellent background read to the Network Leadership MOOC content and offers comprehensive advice for anyone intending to set up an online network.    

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Jane Wei-Skillern 

Slideshare linked to the podcast on cultivating a network leader mindset.


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Jane Wei-Skillern

Based on 15 years of research on a range of successful networks, the podcast uses detailed case studies to illustrate research based principles and offers insights for leaders to ensure their collaborations can have an impact that is dramatically greater than the sum of the individual parts.

Link to podcast

Focal point webinar
Start Date: 13/05/2018 23:00
End Date: 2018-05-13

A series of online events for current and aspiring network leaders and enthusiasts, helping you to tap into expertise and practical tools and to build connections to support your network improvement journey.

A Spark summary collated by Q members on the discussions around network leadership.

Securing quality improvement and transformational change at scale through networks   

Link to Spark

Leading Large Scale Change

New e book from NHSE Sustainable Improvement Team and the Horizons Team

Network leadership webinar series 2017

Masterclass webinar series: Leading networks for sustainable change

A series of online events for current and aspiring network leaders and enthusiasts, helping you to tap into expertise and practical tools and to build connections to support your network improvement journey.  Comprehensive resources from the 2017 webinar series, including all webinar recordings, presentation slides and transcripts.  A great introduction to the network leadership platform.  

Federation toolkit

Developed by The King's Fund in partnership with the RCGP, the Nuffield Trust and Hempsons Solicitors, this toolkit provides advice and support to practitioners and managers in primary care.  


A five minute video covering Morecambe Bay vanguard who have undertaken whole system change to create an integrated care community.

Bolton gp

Primary Care Federations throughout the UK are divers and all offer a unique approach to delivering excellent patient care.  This article covers two case studies from Bolton GP Federation and Improving Health Ltd to highlight different approaches and organisation.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Don Berwick

Professor Don Berwick, international health expert, talks about integrating care in the NHS

A 5 minute video highlighting key networks within this new care model.

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Primary Care Federations are now accepted as the new form of collaboration between practices. This 10 minute blog explores how Federations can function as clubs or networks and provides links to other resources within the source4networks platform.


On Wednesday 13 January 2016, the NHS SI Networks team held a NetWorkout. Resources from the event, background reading and useful links have been collated to support others network leadership roles.

Spotlight on series

Danny Ryan 

National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow, Kaleidoscope Health & Care and President Elect, Federation of Orthopaedic Trainees in Europe (FORTE)

Against the odds

This report from the Innovation Unit and the Health Foundation calls for new approaches to scaling tried and tested health care innovations. It highlights the need to create the right conditions to spread these successfully across the NHS.

A central resource for involvement in health and social care in Northern Ireland

Rebecca Lemin – Manager of the South West Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.

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Colleen Young - Community Director of Mayo Clinic Connect

Colleen is internationally recognized for her expertise in building online patient communities that thrive.

Additional information was collated from a discussion with Becky Malby and Carol Read

Doctor Susan Hamer - National Institute for Health Research

Video shared at the Q community network masterclass

Link to video


Alison Cameron - Patient Leader

Alison brings her in-depth knowledge of co-production and co-design into her comprehensive piece for the spotlight on series.

Vanguards, as new models of care, are central to implementing the NHS Five Year Forward View. This publication by RAND Europe was commissioned to evaluate the Southern Cluster UEC vanguards.

Link to Website


A wonderful collection of blogs, webinars and resources for networks from Networkfest

Kaleidoscope Health and Care

Developing people

NHS Improvement

A National framework for action on improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services


An overview of the first three network leaders included in the spotlight series

Carol Read RN/MSc


Helen Sanderson FRSA

A new way of working for health and social care 


Cassie Robinson - Strategic Design Director of Doteveryone

Reinventing organisations

Blog and video submitted by community member

Rob Cockburn - Improvement Manager, Sutainable Improvement Team, NHSE

Simon Sinek

TEDTalk by Simon Sinek


Tracy Broom - Associate Director Wessex Academic Health Science Network & Q member

10 minute read

Leading across systems

The Kings Fund Report

Recommended by community member - Fi McKenzie

From a tweet to an #EndPJparalysis chorus

Brian Dolan and Ann-Marie Riley

Mayo Clinic
Coproduction ladder

A co-production literature review paper

Alison Cameron - Patient Leader 

Connectedness and connexity - Nesta

Connectedness and connexity


Vanessa Garrity outlines her experience with communities of practice.

Case study on The England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD).

Carolyn Jackson - Director     

National Voices

Communities of practice and large scale change

National Voices report

How to catalyze innovation in your organization

Michael Arena, Rob Cross, Jonathan Sims and Mary Uhl-Bien

The Global Village network community case study.

Deirdre Munro


An insightful blog on networks

Prof. Rebecca Malby

Cincinnati Children's Health Network

Case study on the Cincinnati Children’s Health Network

Carol Read RN/MSc

Mental Health and New Models of Care - Kings Fund Report

Primary care networks

A case study from primary care

Karen Storey

The General Practice Nursing Workforce development plan

The General Practice Nursing Workforce development plan

Health Education England

Organising care at the frontline

The report comprises a series of essays and provides frank detail about how clinical care is currently provided and how it could be improved.

Three simple ideas to stop change failing

Fab Change day doathon report on Leadership.

The Coalition for Collaborative Care 

A blog on curation and the diversity of networks in social media

Carol Read RN/MSc

Dementia networks

Network for dementia research in the NHS case study.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Developing the source4networks platform

The second blog in our series walking you through the source 4 networks website 

Carol Read RN/MSc

A look at the interesting work of Wessex CLAHRC - GENIE social network tool

Carol Read RN/MSc

Knowledge into practice
UK Improvement alliance
Inter-organizational networks

A major challenge facing organizations today is how to partner with other organizations, agencies, and groups to collaboratively address social and political goals while effectively maximizing resource sharing of the partners involved. However, the process by which organizations have engaged partners in collaboration has varied, with few ways to measure and evaluate the success of these partnerships.

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Organizations with the strongest leaders have nearly double the revenue growth compared to those with weaker leaders. However, most leaders lack the full complement of skills to thrive in today's rapidly changing work environment. To remedy this, organizations must adjust their approach to leadership and develop leaders who are able to build and enable powerful networks within the organization, creating conditions for employees to work through and with others to increase productivity.

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Andrew Lamb

NetWorkout: Presentation Knowledge and Intelligence Manager Sustainable Improvement Team

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The context for networks in heath in the UK

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In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world. Taken from a lecture given by Manuel Lima as part of the RSA's free public events programme.

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Via Ted

We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know.

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Anne Cooper on Social Media

In autumn 2011, we launched an improvement programme to support networks in health care. We linked the selected networks with a faculty of experts, and with each other, to provide an exchange of ideas, advice, support and training in network leadership and development.

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Using communications approaches to spread improvement

Spreading successful improvement work across the NHS is an essential part of improving health care quality and efficiency. Yet all too often an idea that has been shown to work well in one place is not adopted by others who could benefit from it.

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Wakefield Vanguards

A short video highlighting the networks at Wakefield Vanguards

Carol Read RN/MSc

Better Care Together Vanguard

Better Care Together Vanguard case study

Carol Read RN/MSc

Finance and Clinical Educator Network
Co-creation Hub Nigeria

Case study on the Cc Hub is a social innovation centre in Nigeria.

Carol Read RN/MSc

Time Banking
Future Focused Finance

Kristen Cullen, Phil Willburn, Donna Chrobot-Mason and Charles Palus

A white paper from cutting edge thought forum insight from the Center for Creative leadership which considers the power of embracing leadership as a shared process to:-

  • Increase the collective capacity for leadership in your organization or community.
  • Enable others to step up, adjust, and make decisions about the future of your project, team, organization, or community.
  • Transform the leadership culture from reliance on command-and-control hierarchies to adaptation within agile, interdependent networks.

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Health care and the art of systems leadership
Patients as Partners
Kings Fund

Hugh Alderwick, Phoebe Dunn, Helen McKenna and Chris Ham

Foundation Group model

Sarah Morgan - Programme Director for the Foundation Healthcare Group Vanguard and the Director of Organisational Development for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Academic Health Science Networks

There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region as shown on the map below.

Knowledge Management Card

Better Care Together is leading the way in new models of care across Morecambe Bay to ensure our public receive the care they deserve.


Vanguard - My life a full life

On March 10th the Isle of Wight, along with 259 other organisations and health and social care partnerships, expressed an interest in leading the development of a new care model, with the aim of transforming how care is delivered locally.

The following video is taken from the People’s Transformathon 2017 and covers the context behind the Sustainable Transformation plans which aim to address three gaps:

Co-Creation Network Case Study

This network warmly welcomes everyone who is interested in learning new ways of working better together, testing and supporting change and exploring the answers to those questions which matter most across our health and social care systems. Anyone with a passion for improving patient care can join and membership of the Co-Creation Network is free.

How to use the source4networks website - blog 1

This is the first of several blogs which cover how to use the new source 4 networks website. 

Carol Read RN/MSc