The Community Network is the national voice of NHS community providers.
Hosted by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers, we support trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services to deliver high-quality care by influencing national policy, sharing good practice and promoting a vision of integrated care in the community.
Our vision is to be an effective network for all trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services, championing, supporting and influencing their role in the health and care system.
The Community Network aims to:
We develop products to support our members and influence on their behalf, as well as hosting three network events a year where members can come together, hear from senior leaders at national bodies, and share their own learning.
The network's board oversees our work. Our current chair is Siobhan Melia, chief executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
To view upcoming dates for the Community Network visit our courses and events section of the website. For information on becoming a member, or to find out more about the network, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples from across the country highlighting the innovative work happening across the community sector.
An in-depth look at how more joined-up care has been delivered in four localities.
The Community Network has published an infographic to compliment its new briefing, which reveals the problems and solutions to workforce shortages in community healthcare.
The Community Network has published a new briefing which brings together new evidence about backlogs and increasing demand for children and young people's services.
This new report spotlights where community health services are doing digital well and what the barriers are.
This briefing makes the case for permanent, dedicated funding for the discharge to assess model.
This submission sets out existing funding priorities which seem unlikely to have been fully met by the revenue settlement over the next three years.
This report captures the community sector's response during the pandemic and showcases the achievements of community providers and their staff.
This is the consultation response on mandating patient level costing to NHS community services.
This response focuses on the implications for community providers, and welcomes its emphasis on applying the new regime equitably across all provider types.
Siobhan Melia, considers what needs to be done to make delayed discharges a thing of the past.
Alex Thompson, assistant director at NHS England Community Health Services, discusses the work going on to improve NHS community services data.
Miriam Deakin and Daniel Reynolds discuss the urgent need for a plan to tackle backlogs of care in children and young people's services.
Caroline Williams shares her organisation's urgent community response team's experience of spearheading NHS England and NHS Improvement's UCR 100-day challenge.
Karen Jackson describes how NHS services, the local authority and adult social care providers have come together to redesign how they care for people discharged from hospital.
In this new blog, Andrew Ridley writes about the recommendations made in a recent report on how to help level up the use of digital tools in community services across the country.
Siobhan Melia explains how her trust has delivered more than 700,000 Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccinations to people from across Sussex and beyond, over nine months.
Richard Kirby shares how the planned roll out of his trust's early intervention model was accelerated as the pandemic hit, and how it expanded to support the national model.
Miriam Deakin and Daniel Reynolds explore community providers' role as we move into the pandemic's recovery phase.
The Community Network are raising the alarm over chronic staff shortages in critical community health services.
Siobhan Melia responds to a BBC investigation into NHS dentistry.
Siobhan Melia responds to the publication of two-hour urgent community response data by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
Andrew Ridley comments on the Community Network's report on digital transformation.
Andrew Ridley responds to the Budget and spending review, welcoming investment in infrastructure, but shares disappointment in funding for the workforce and social care.
Andrew Ridley responds to CQC's 'State of health and social care in England' report, and its recognition of the positive impact of discharge to assess funding.
Andrew Ridley comments on the planning guidance, published by NHS England and NHS Improvement, which provides welcome clarity for the health service for the remainder of this financial year, but confirms there will not be central funding for the all-important discharge to assess scheme beyond 2021/2022 onwards.
In a press statement, Andrew Ridley responds to the King's Fund report 'A year like no other'.
Miriam Deakin and Daniel Reynolds respond to discharge to assess funding being continued for six months.
Andrew Ridley responds to the NHS' announcement of new national Urgent Community Response standards.
Andrew Ridley responds to the government's publication of the public health allocations to local authorities for the next financial year.
Miriam Deakin and Daniel Reynolds comment on the government's white paper for NHS reform.
Andrew Ridley responds to NHS England and NHS Improvement's announcement of rapid response teams.