NHS Anchors Learning Network A partnership between the Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop a UK-wide NHS Anchors Learning Network
Anchor institutions are large, public sector organisations that are unlikely to relocate and have a significant stake in a geographical area.
We are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support NHS organisations to better understand their role as anchor institutions.
The NHS Anchors Learning Network will enable the spread of ideas, knowledge and capability so that NHS organisations can implement anchor strategies.
Why are we doing this?
The Health Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement have been exploring how health care organisations can maximise their resources to improve population health.
The Health Foundation report Building healthier communities: The role of the NHS as an anchor institution showcases where NHS organisations are already implementing anchor practices and outlines opportunities for maximising the NHS’s contribution.
The NHS Long Term Plan highlights the role that NHS organisations can play in this as ‘anchor institutions’ in their communities and includes a specific commitment for NHS England and NHS Improvement to work in partnership with the Health Foundation to identify and share examples of good practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant and unequal impacts on communities across the UK, bringing health inequalities into sharp focus. As a major employer, estate owner and procurer of goods, the NHS can use its influence as an anchor institution to support and accelerate a sustainable socio-economic recovery.
The NHS Anchors Learning Network
The NHS Anchors Learning Network will enable the spread of ideas, knowledge and capability so that NHS organisations can adopt and apply anchor strategies in practice.
By bringing together those organisations already implementing anchor approaches we can build skills and catalyse focused action in specific places or across themes of work.
We hope that this will enable the NHS to powerfully impact the upstream wider determinants of health and leverage its assets to mitigate health inequalities and improve population health.
The network will launch in early 2021 following a design phase that begins in autumn 2020.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the NHS Anchors Learning Network, please get in touch.
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