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

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Key Points

  • 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.

Get involved

We are now seeking to appoint a support partner for the Learning Network

If you’re interested in hearing more about the NHS Anchors Learning Network, please get in touch

Further reading

Invitation to tender

ITT: Support partner for the design and delivery of an NHS Anchors Learning Network

We are seeking a supplier to support the design, development and delivery of a UK-wide NHS Anchors...

Blog

How the NHS can use anchor strategies to build a healthy and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery

22 June 2020

We look at how the NHS as an anchor institution has an essential role to play in recovering from the...

Research report

Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution

August 2019

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their...

External link

Anchored in our community: The role of the NHS in addressing health inequalities

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Event: Positive service shifts accelerated by COVID-19: lessons for leaders

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8 September 2020

Hosted by the Health Foundation's Q community, this webinar is delivered in partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network as part of the NHS Reset campaign. 

Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19: a Northumbrian experience

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5 August 2020

Annie Laverty, Chief Experience Officer at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, offers her reflections on engaging with NHS staff meaningfully during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bringing an improvement mindset to COVID-19

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30 July 2020

Dominique Allwood is Assistant Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation, and was recently seconded to lead quality and learning work at the NHS Nightingale Hospital, London.

ITT: Evaluation partner for an NHS Anchors Learning Network

Invitation to tender
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22 July 2020
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We are seeking an evaluation partner to undertake an independent evaluation of a UK-wide NHS Anchors Learning Network.

Event: Learning from rapid improvement and innovation during COVID-19

Event
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16 July 2020

Hosted by the Health Foundation's Q community, this workshop is delivered in partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network as part of the NHS Reset campaign. 

ITT: Support partner for the design and delivery of an NHS Anchors Learning Network

Invitation to tender
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15 July 2020

We are seeking a supplier to support the design, development and delivery of a UK-wide NHS Anchors Learning Network.

NHS Reset: best practice and innovation

Partnership

A partnership with the NHS Confederation and the AHSN Network exploring how to sustain and spread the best COVID-19 related innovation.

Caring for our carers: what can COVID-19 teach us about NHS staff wellbeing?

Newsletter blog
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26 June 2020

The pandemic has led to a massive focus on the need to look after the wellbeing of staff. NHS organisations and national bodies mobilised quickly, often supported by generous contributions from the pu...

How the NHS can use anchor strategies to build a healthy and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery

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22 June 2020

We look at how the NHS as an anchor institution has an essential role to play in recovering from the social and economic effects of COVID-19.

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