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Supporting networks to improve quality in health care In 2011/12, we supported 30 established and emerging networks in their work to improve the quality of health care in the UK


This programme is closed for applications.

Key Points

  • A programme that supported 30 established and emerging networks in their work to improve the quality of health care in the UK.
  • Successful applicants were matched with expertise that best met their needs. They had the opportunity to learn from other network leaders and had access to a supporting budget for events.
  • Ran during 2011 and 2012.

There are many examples of effective networks in health care. However, we are also aware of many networks that were set up with strong objectives, but which have failed because they lacked the strategy, knowledge and headspace to function effectively.


There is a growing body of knowledge about what makes a network effective and how to design, build and sustain one. We wanted to find networks that in some way contribute to improving the quality of care and provide them with the right support and advice to help them realise their potential.


We chose a selection of 30 established and emerging networks to take part in this programme during 2011/12.

We convened an expert faculty with a wide range of expertise gained from working with other networks in health care. The faculty advised participating networks on how to recruit more members, exploit social media, or gave support in designing networks with diverse stakeholders, or support in influencing policy and practice.


BMJ Quality & Safety article about one of the networks: Engaging all doctors in continuous quality improvement: a structured, supported programme for first-year doctors across a training deanery in England

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