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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsThis week, we're going to talk about the whole issue of networks. In particular, clinical networks that exist within health organisations and between health organisations. In recent years, clinical networks have been seen as a very important way in which new innovations arise and in which they spread. So first of all, we're going to talk about the whole issue of innovation. What do we understand by innovation in health systems? And how are innovations sustained? We'll then move on to specifically talking about networks, defining those networks, and giving you some examples of successful networks. For example, from Kenya and Australia. Lastly, we will introduce some of the latest research and knowledge about networks and how their performance can be enhanced.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsAgain, as in previous weeks, you'll be hearing from practitioners and academics in this field. So we will have contributions from Lynne Maher, previously at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, and from professors at Warwick Business School including Graeme Currie and Gerry McGivern.

Welcome to Innovation in healthcare through clinical networks

Welcome to Week 5. The objective of this week is to consider how innovations in healthcare arise and how knowledge about promising practices that develop in one setting might be disseminated and adopted more widely. Specifically, you will learn about the role that networks, which engage clinicians both within and between organisations, might play in this process.

The content this week is spread across three main blocks: Innovation in healthcare; Improving healthcare through networks; and Enhancing the capabilities of networks. In the first of these, we will define what we understand about the term ‘innovation’ and look at examples of how it might apply to healthcare. In the second block our attention will turn to the issue of clinical networks as an increasingly important method of generating new innovations and spreading knowledge. We will see how such networks have been used with great success, both in developed and developing healthcare contexts. Lastly we focus on ways in which the effectiveness of networks might be enhanced, drawing on some of the latest research on this topic.

You will be given examples of clinical networks in countries such as Kenya, Australia and the UK. You will also hear from leading practitioners, such as Lynne Maher (previously at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement) and academics from the Warwick Business School, including professors Graeme Currie and Gerry McGivern.

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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

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