The Health Foundation’s improvement programme has been promoting networks in healthcare to link experts for the better exchange of ideas, advice, support and training. This report on network leadership and development discusses what has been learned so far in the light of a research review into running networks. An overview of the literature on networks is provided, plus a glossary of network-related terms.
Leading networks in healthcare: learning about what works – the theory and the practice. London: The Health Foundation, January 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].
European Reference Networks
Participation in a series of collaborative European Reference Networks is planned by the NHS England Specialised Services Clinical Leaders Forum and the NHS European Office. These ERNs are expected to support Europe-wide cooperation on highly specialised healthcare, involving providers and centres of expertise / excellence across Europe.
European Reference Networks are also expected to become focal points for medical training and research, information dissemination and evaluation.
NHS England hears EU plans for European Reference Networks. London: NHS Confederation, July 2014.
“The intention of European Reference Networks (ERNs) is to facilitate improvements in access to diagnosis, treatment and provision of high-quality, accessible and cost-effective healthcare for patients who have a medical condition requiring a particular concentration of expertise or resources. They are therefore particularly intended to cover medical domains where expertise is rare”.
European Reference Networks. London: NHS Confederation, July 2014.