Community Network

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The Community Network is the national voice for NHS community services in England.

Established by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers, the network brings together and represents NHS and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services.

We aim to:

  • be a strong and unified national voice for community services
  • be the go-to commentator and point of contact for the issues that matter for community services
  • promote the role of community services within the NHS ten-year plan and its role within integrated health and care systems.
  • influence national policy and debate about the role of community services in system transformation and supporting the delivery of high-quality community services for patients and communities.
  • ensure the full range of community service providers feel they equally own and are part of the debate on primary care, population health and prevention, and social care.

The network is led by a board chaired by Matthew Winn, chief executive of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

Find out more about our work.

Who is the Community Network for?

  • NHS community trusts
  • NHS acute trusts offering community services
  • NHS mental health trusts offering community services
  • Community interest companies and Social Enterprises offering community services

For information on becoming a member, or to find out more about the network, please contact phil.mccarvill@nhsconfed.org or amber.jabbal@nhsproviders.org

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Our work

With national planning and rhetoric often ignoring community health provision, the Community Network will articulate and promote the role of community services in the development of the NHS as it implements the integration ambitions set out in the Five Year Forward View.

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Our policy priorities

Our priorities will address the key policy issues that affect the delivery of high-quality community services and enable the development of an infrastructure that enables this.

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Membership

The Community Network provides practical support to members, working with them to focus on the key policy issues that enable the delivery of high-quality community care.

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