Clinical networks are an NHS success story. Combining the experience of clinicians, the input of patients and the organisational vision of NHS staff they have supported and improved the way we deliver care to patients in distinct areas, delivering true integration across primary, secondary and often tertiary care.

Clinical networks evolved as a means of engaging clinical stakeholders across organisational and professional boundaries to develop improvements in patient care and experience using best practice and shared learning.

As the NHS goes through its current transitional phase the role of networks is increasingly seen as vital to improving patient outcomes and the successful integration of clinical services. Emerging network models should continue to follow patient flows to maintain successful engagement.

Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) cover areas such as neonatal intensive care, adult critical care, burns and trauma and are focused on coordinating patient pathways between providers over a wide area to ensure access to specialist support. ODNs work closely with Strategic Clinical Networks, commissioners, providers and patients.

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Quality Improvement

Quality measures aim to find the most appropriate and deliverable measures that can be used nationally to help organisations improve the quality of care in their services. 

Training & Education

This section contains details of existing training opportunities available to staff groups within the trauma pathway. 

Trauma Surgeons

Patients who have suffered a severe injury often need complex reconstruction surgery and care from many professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists...

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