Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsIAN KIRKPATRICK: Welcome to week five of the course. This week, we're going to tend to the topic of innovation in healthcare systems and the role of networks in both facilitating the development of new innovations and their spread across healthcare systems. To explore this issue, we're going to look at three themes. First of all, what do we mean by innovation, and what specifically does innovation mean in a context of healthcare systems? In this section, we'll also raise some questions about whether you can have too much change and too much innovation. Secondly, we'll then turn to the question of networks. What do we understand by networks in healthcare?

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 secondsHow are networks configured, and how do they help spread ideas and concepts from one context to another? You'll see examples of both complex and routine networks and how they can be very successful in fostering and supporting innovation. Lastly, we'll focus on some of the specific characteristics of networks and how they can be enhanced to improve innovation and improve outcomes. So for example, we'll explore the governance of networks and how one can create what are called formative spaces within health systems to facilitate more participation and involvement in networks. To explore these issues, we'll look at examples of innovation in networks from around the world, including Kenya, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Skip to 1 minute and 28 secondsWe'll also hear from practitioners such as Lynn Mayer, previously working for the NHS in England. And lastly, there'll be contributions from academics based at the Warwick Business School, including Graeme Currie, Eivor Oborn 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, Eivor Oborn and Gerry McGivern.

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Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

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