Community Network

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.

What is the Community Network?

The Community Network aims to:

  • Represent the views of providers of NHS community services to decision-makers, stakeholders and the media, giving national voice to their concerns
  • Shape the national policy debate to raise the profile of the pivotal role community services play in delivering high quality, integrated care, now and in the future particularly as system working develops
  • Ensure the full range of trusts and not-for-profit organisations providing NHS community health services feel they equally own and are part of the Network and national debate on community, primary and social care
  • Support members to develop solutions by sharing ideas, insights and best practice with a particular focus on high quality, integrated care for patients and service users.


Who is the Community Network for?

  • NHS community trusts,
  • NHS acute trusts offering community services,
  • NHS mental health trusts offering community services, and 
  • Community interest companies and Social Enterprises offering community services.


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


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