‘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. 

Resources from this webinar included

Sophie Edwards (OD and networks consultant and coach) and Jo Godman (Senior Associate, NHS England Sustainable Improvement team), members of the steering group of the Primary Care Improvement Community, will share practical learning from their experience of designing and developing this new network.  

At the end of this webinar, attendees will

  • Be aware of how network diagnostics such as the maturity matrix can support their early network development journey 
  • Be able to identify some of the key factors for networks leaders to pay attention to in the early stages of developing a network 
  • Identify ways of involving members in developing a shared/common purpose for their network

The recording from the webinar can be found here

The presentation from the webinar can be found here


Sophie Edwards bio:

Sophie is a coach and facilitator working with NHS England's Sustainable Improvement team (SIT) on its network development programme. Sophie's background is the health voluntary sector, where she led for several years a national network for patients and clinicians in the field of arthritis. Since then she's supported many networks and network leaders -  both in health and care, and beyond in sectors such as education. This includes serving as Faculty member for The Health Foundation's pioneering support to networks programme. As well as her role in SIT's network development programme, Sophie is also a Development Advisor and Faculty member for NHS England's Time for Care programme (part of the General Practice Development Programme); she works with practices around England in using quality improvement tools and techniques to improve their processes and release time for care. In this capacity, she has been a member of the Steering Group of the Primary Care Improvement Community since it was established in Spring 2017. 

Jo Godmans biog

Jo is a coach and facilitator. She helps individuals, teams and organisations to have creative spaces to develop their potential and to make change happen. Jo has led regional and national improvement programmes including improvement networks and learning programmes. 

Jo’s first job was as a GP receptionist. Since then her experience has been in primary and community care, mental health and the acute sector. Most recently Jo has worked with primary care and commissioning colleagues developing local skills to deliver change. Supporting the Time for Care Programme Jo provides a client liaison role to individual sites. She is also Chair of Steering Group developing the Primary Care Improvement Community. Jo is responsible for the development of the Primary Care Improvement Faculty and is one of the tutors for the General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme. 

Why do I do it? 

I see every day the impact on patient care of our staff doing what they do best – caring, learning, developing, trying out new ideas, believing in the possible and sometimes the impossible. Meeting individuals from teams and organisations across England is both challenging and very energising. I enjoy continually learning how to make change happen and being able to help others to do the same.