Welcome to the leading networks page.

This section of the website brings together our programmes, webinars and events to help support you in becoming a network leader.

Collaboration through networks is needed if the NHS and Social Care are going to meet people’s complex needs and learn together. There has been a rapid rise in types of networks from clinical networks to Primary Care Networks, to Integrated Care Systems as well as quality collaboratives and learning networks such as communities of practice. But networks are very different from traditional Health and Care organisations which rely primarily on hierarchy and performance management. Networks require different skills from their leaders in order to get the most out of the members, and to ensure that they make an impact

Leading Networks in Health and Care E-Learning Programme

Are you a leader of a primary care network, integrated care system or clinical network? If yes, then this course will provide you with everything you need to know to run a successful network.

This programme provides network leaders with the skills and knowledge to ensure their networks achieve the ambitions of the members, and make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing

This Network Leadership Programme consists of four e-learning modules delivered over five months, with three live Community of Practice sessions facilitated by experts in network leadership Professor Becky Malby, Sophie Edwards and Carol Read, supported by the Health Systems Innovation Lab team and expert guests.

The programme will cover the following topics:

  • Leading networks
  • What makes networks work?
  • Engaging members and adding value
  • Sustaining your network

This course will provide you with the foundations to better understand your network and equip you with the tools to achieve your network aims and purpose. Alongside the e-learning that you undertake on your own you will also be part of a collaborative community with the participants of the course, in ‘live’ learning sessions with the course team, and you will receive a copy of the book Networks in Healthcare by Prof Malby and Murray Anderson Wallace.

Who is this programme for?

This course is aimed at network leaders and members in health and social care, grappling with the challenges of leading an effective network. This will include:

  • Network Leaders
  • Aspiring Network Leaders
  • Network Members

Working in, for example:

  • Primary care networks (PCNs)
  • Clinical Networks
  • Integrated collaborations/ care system