Community Network

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The Community Network is the national voice of NHS community providers. We support trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services to deliver high-quality care by influencing national policy development, sharing good practice, and promoting a vision of integrated care in the community. The Network is hosted by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers.

Our vision is to be an effective Network for all trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services, championing, supporting and influencing their role in the health and care system.

The Community Network aims to:

  • Represent the views of providers of NHS community services to decision-makers, stakeholders and the media, giving national voice to their concerns
  • Shape the national policy debate to raise the profile of the pivotal role community services play in delivering high quality, integrated care, now and in the future particularly as system working develops
  • Ensure the full range of trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services feel they equally own and are part of the Network and national debate on community, primary and social care; and
  • Support members to develop solutions by sharing ideas, insights and best practice with a particular focus on high quality, integrated care for patients and service users

We develop products to support our members and influence on their behalf, as well as hosting three network events a year where members can come together, hear from senior leaders at national bodies, and share their own learning.

The network’s board oversees our work. Our current chair is Andrew Ridley, Chief Executive of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

Neighbourhood Integration Project

Neighbourhood Integration Project

An in-depth look at how more joined-up care has been delivered in four localities.

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Shared learning in community health services

A collection of good practice examples from trusts and CICs providing NHS community health services, to help share learning and highlight the innovative work of the community sector.

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Who is the Network For?

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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The Community Network's 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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What we have achieved

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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