Our work

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We bring together community services leaders with national system leaders and other key stakeholders to promote debate and discussion. During our first year we have held three network events with speakers attending from across NHS England/Improvement and the likes of The King’s Fund.

Our network events are regarded highly by members, with the data on attendance and satisfaction rates for each event set out below.

Date of event No. of people in attendance Feedback score (out of 5)
10 May 2018 (launch event) 55 4.3
2 November 2018 28 4.4
29 March 2019 30 4.1

Our next meeting is on October 31 in London. Find out more here.

Our work aims to address the key policy issues that affect the delivery of high-quality community services and enable the development of an infrastructure that supports this. Over the course of 2018-19 we have sought to establish the profile of the Community Network and of our first chair Matthew Winn. We have:

  • Issued proactive and reactive press releases in response to all key major national developments, including both in influencing and responding to the NHS Long Term Plan, the announcement regarding funding for Primary Care Networks, the impact of cuts to community services funding, pensions and workforce issues and a range of other major policy papers and key announcements.
  • Secured coverage in HSJ, Nursing Times, BBC radio, The Express, Business Practice, National Health Executive, OnMedica, Health Business and other trade press.
  • Published blogs, including from Matthew Winn, PhilMcCarvill, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, National Association for Primary Care in key outlets such as the HSJ.
  • Published a podcast entitled The future is out there, featuring Matthew Winn, David Pearson and Lena Samuel.
  • Our first Chair Matthew Winn appeared in a ‘hot seat’ interview with Channel 4’s health and social care correspondent Victoria MacDonald at the UK Health Show, titled ‘Has community healthcare been sidelined?’
  • NHS Providers published its Provider Voices ‘Community Services – Our Time’ report

Find out more about our policy priorities.

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