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Getting started

Why register?

You can use this site to search a database of more than 600 networks for areas of interest. Registering your network with NHS Networks also allows you to:

  • Make it easier for people to find out about your network
  • Promote the work of your network through news, blogs and event listings
  • Set up and participate in public and private discussion forums
  • Share documents within your network or more widely
  • Enrol new members
  • Manage your membership via easy to manage mailing lists and newsletters

Set up your own web pages

Networks without an existing website can set one up here. When you register your network, a wizard will guide you through the process of creating simple web pages. Use these pages to promote your network and communicate with your membership. You can choose how much and how little of the information on your site is available to non-members.

What about networks with existing sites?

Add your network to the register even if you already have a website. It will create a profile page which can include a link to your site and any other information you wish to share. 

What are networks?

When two or more people have a shared interest and feel the need to get together, formally or informally, frequently or occasionally, virtually or in the same place, that’s a network.

Who are they for?

NHS Networks exists for the benefit of everyone with a legitimate interest in the NHS. Networks can be:

  • Clinical
  • Non-clinical
  • Professional
  • Public
  • Social

The NHS Networks community is wide, diverse and inclusive, but we reserve the right to exclude anyone who is abusive, anti-social or who uses the site for overtly commercial purposes. See our editorial policy for more information.

Which networks can I join?

Networks set their own membership policies. Some are closed, others are open to all, and others still will invite you to apply for membership. Membership policies are part of each network’s profile.

Do I have to join a network?

You don’t need to be a member of a network or an NHS employee to use NHS Networks. Everything on the site is accessible to anyone with a professional or personal interest in health and social care and we send out a free weekly email newsletter – all you have to do is register.

Why do networks matter?

The world changes faster than institutions can change. Networks tend to be peer aligned where traditional organisations tend to be hierarchical. Networks are dynamic structures that can be formed quickly and adapt to change. They can bring together individuals and groups that might otherwise struggle to meet. They can cross organisational, cultural, political and geographical boundaries.

Networks promote collaboration, sharing of intelligence and the free exchange of ideas.

Networks can break down silos and promote new connected ways of working. Networks keep the conversation going.

Virtual organisations can sometimes respond to the challenges that real organisations struggle to meet, such as designing more effective care pathways, engaging clinicians, and involving patients and the public.

Virtual networks can overcome other, more prosaic problems of time and distance. There is no substitute for getting together face to face, but when people can’t spare the time or justify the cost of travel, they can use NHS Networks for a meeting of minds.

All of these qualities are particularly important in the NHS today. The NHS faces a period of profound change. Networks are never more important than in a period of change and reorganisation.

See Jim Easton talking about networks in a video interview with NHS Networks. If Youtube is blocked, try talking nicely to your IT department.

What is NHS Networks’ point of view?

We don’t have one. We believe passionately in the power of the network as a force for good and an agent of change. We work to make your networks work for you and your members.

Please read our terms and conditions before joining or setting up a network.