Several networks are available to stakeholders to support healthcare inequalities improvement.
National Healthcare Inequalities Improvement Network (NHIIN)
The NHIIN provides invaluable clinical and professional insight and challenge as well as an opportunity to spread best practice. It champions a quality improvement approach to tackling healthcare inequalities building on strengths, co-production and using data to inspire improvement. The NHIIN strives to always puts people and communities first and recognises the intersectional experiences of diverse groups of people. NHIIN can be accessed on the FutureNHS platform. If you are a clinician or professional and would like to know more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Anchors Learning Network (HALN)
The network is free and open for colleagues from health organisations to join and provides a space for participants to learn from both peers and experts about how anchor organisations can improve the social determinants that affect health, and narrow healthcare inequalities.
Q was established in 2015 in response to recommendations from Don Berwick’s 2013 report to enhance the ‘bottom up’ capacity of the health and care system. It aims to bring together approaches that support improvement in healthcare from the UK and Ireland. It supports initiatives and programmes by:
- making it easier to understand what improvement work is ongoing
- providing resources and platforms to connect and support existing networks
- enabling collaboration on areas of shared interest
- influencing improvement
To find out more and sign up please see the Q website.
There are 10 Clinical Senates across England, they are a source of independent, strategic advice and guidance to commissioners and other stakeholders to support them to make the best healthcare decisions for the populations they represent.
Cancer Alliances bring together clinical and non-clinical leaders from hospital trusts and other health and social care organisations to improve diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients locally. The partnerships enable care to be more effectively planned across local cancer pathways.
Academic Health Science Networks
There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, which were established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale; improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region. As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry, the AHSNs act as catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for patients.