National Managed Networks (NMCNs)
This page is divided into the following sections which are easily accessible by following the links below:
National Services Division commission a number of National Managed Clinical Networks on behalf of NHS Scotland. Managed Clinical Networks are virtual entities designed to drive upwards the standards of patient care through integration of services and collaboration. Management Executive Letter (1999)10 defined Managed Clinical Networks as “linked groups of health professionals and organisations from primary, secondary and tertiary care, working in a co-ordinated manner, unconstrained by existing professional and Health Board boundaries, to ensure equitable provision of high quality clinically effective services throughout Scotland.”(back to top)
The table below includes a list of the National Managed Clinical Networks commissioned by NSD.
Please follow this link for further information on National Managed Diagnostic Networks.
Each of the National Managed Clinical Networks in the table below is commissioned by National Services Division to meet the objectives set out in its original National Services Advisory Group application for national designation, meet the core principles of Health Department Letter (2007)21, and add value to healthcare in Scotland. Networks must demonstrate their effectiveness by clearly evidencing improvements in the quality of healthcare, and developing and reporting on clinical audit indicators.
Following the review of nine National Managed Clinical Networks, National Services Division amended its approach to improve its commissioning processes and support the effectiveness of National Managed Clinical Networks. In January 2011, a letter was sent out from the Director of NSD to National Managed Clinical Networks with detailed information on the change. This letter includes information on the commissioning cycle and is included below:
All National Managed Clinical Networks must complete reports using the NSD workplan template. This is available, along with guidance on how to complete it from the links below:
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With the support of funding from the Scottish Government National Delivery Plan for Specialist Children's Services, National Services Division and National Information Systems Group have worked to develop a Clinical Audit System for Managed Clinical Networks. Further information is available by following the link below:(back to top)
Between 2008 and 2011, Information Services Division have supported the development of care quality indicators for paediatric Managed Clinical Networks. These indicators are designed to support specialist children and young people's services to evidence improvements in the quality of care. Further information is available on the:(back to top)
In 2011 the National Planning Forum (NPF) commissioned a review of managed clinical networks operating at an “all Scotland “level. The NPF has endorsed a proposal for a staged approach to implementation of the recommendations within the report. A copy of the report can be found at the following link:(back to top)