Healthcare groups: an alternative to merger-mania? – NHS Confederation – 1 May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: , , |

Healthcare groups: an alternative to merger-mania? – NHS Confederation – 1 May 2013

“There is a growing consensus that NHS trusts in general, and the acute sector in particular, are about to enter a new phase of organisational consolidation.

A combination of system pressures may mean a wave of mergers, as trusts look to increased scale as a means of weathering staffing pressures, declining tariff payments, long-term shifts in demand and, for some, the foundation trust pipeline.

Seeking an alternative, a number of acute providers have in recent years pursued more targeted alliances – often termed ‘groups’ – to get the benefits of collaboration without the upheaval or loss of autonomy required by a merger.

With some of these arrangements now showing real promise, and leaders looking with interest to see what might be replicated, this Briefing summarises key learning from those who have already had involvement in developing healthcare groups and considers what might be done to take the concept further.”

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Leading networks in healthcare: Learning about what works – the theory and the practice – The Health Foundation – January 2013

Posted on February 5, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Leading networks in healthcare: Learning about what works – the theory and the practice – The Health Foundation – January 2013
“In autumn 2011, we launched an improvement programme to support networks in healthcare. We linked the selected networks with a faculty of experts, and with each other, to provide an exchange of ideas, advice, support and training in network leadership and development.

The aim was to see what could be achieved by combining the experiences of those who are building and running networks with the theory and knowledge from a range of sectors about what makes a network succeed.

This report captures the experiences of the programme participants as they began working together, highlights key learning and early insights, and examines how all this relates to what the research evidence tells us about running networks.

The report includes the voices of many of the network leaders who took part in this programme. It also provides an informal overview of the literature on networks and a glossary of commonly used network terms.”

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Market Research for Online Communities in the NHS – IES Institute for Employment Studies – 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Health Informatics, Workforce | Tags: , , , |

Market Research for Online Communities in the NHS – IES Institute for Employment Studies  – 2010

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“In 2010 the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement commissioned the IES (Institute for Employment Studies) to undertake market research to support the development of a ‘National Ideas Platform’. The need for this study was prompted by, firstly recognition that networking and the sharing of knowledge are ways in which ideas and technologies diffuse through the NHS, alongside an acknowledgement that NHS staff often report frustration at the lack of knowledge sharing across the NHS. This is despite a range of networking opportunities available via the NHS Institute and through NHS groups.

The research had four components: a literature review focused on the specific question around whether NHS staff engage in online networks/ communities and if so where and when; stakeholder interviews with organisers of existing networks; an online survey; and focus groups at ten NHS organisations. The fieldwork was conducted between May and July 2010.

There were four broad learning outcomes from the work, providing information on: what affects people’s use of online resources and why some networks work; how do people go about sharing ideas at the moment; what technologies are people using at present and for what purposes; and do people want a new network?”

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Networking in Public Health: Exploring the value of networks to the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health – April 2009

Posted on June 8, 2009. Filed under: Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Networking in Public Health: Exploring the value of networks to the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health
Prepared for the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools by Paula Robeson RN, MScN
April, 2009
National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT)

“Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada
Affiliated with McMaster University
Production of this paper has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Main Messages
Networks are relational organizational forms that involve interconnected individuals, groups or organizations within a specific domain of knowledge and practice that interact socially and share knowledge with each other to achieve a common goal. Networks have the potential to further the goals of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH), specifically, the promotion of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM), knowledge management (KM), and capacity development in Canadian public health. Connecting with existing Canadian and international networks may allow the NCCPH to circumvent jurisdictional barriers and structural issues  within public health in Canada that currently inhibit EIDM and KM initiatives.”  …continues on the website

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