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New geographical footprint creates North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks

6th May 2016

NWC_SCN_map.jpgApril marked the beginning of a new dawn for Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks (SCN) with a geographical change to our remit.

On 1st April 2016, Lancashire and South Cumbria joined Cheshire and Merseyside SCN to become the North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks (NWCSCN). The geography of the NWCSCN includes Merseyside, Lancashire, South Cumbria and Cheshire, mirroring the footprint of the Academic Health Science Network.

The NWCSCN have also moved from their Quayside offices in Stockton Heath to Sci-Tech Daresbury to be co-located in the same building as the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast, with whom they will be working closely. The existing office in Preston Business Centre will continue to be a base to support our work in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

At the same time, Greater Manchester will now encompass parts of East Cheshire and be known as Greater Manchester and East Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (GMEC SCN). They will join Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (GMAHSN) as they forge ahead to support the Greater Manchester Devolution agenda. The GMEC SCNs are also moving over to the Citylabs offices, to become a fully integrated support team with the GMAHSN, whilst also retaining a base at their current location in PP3.

These changes have come from a combination of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and as a result of the recommendations in the review of centrally funded improvement and leadership development functions led by Ed Smith, NHS England’s Deputy Chair and published in July 2015.

The review outlined the importance of the role of the clinical networks continuing to support health systems and improve health outcomes of local communities by connecting commissioners, providers, professionals, patients and the public across a pathway of care to share best practice and innovation, measure and benchmark quality and outcomes, and drive improvement.

The review also recommended that AHSNs and Strategic Clinical Networks should be streamlined and their business plans aligned, to make better use of resources and increase support for their member commissioners, providers and professionals.

Jan Vaughan, Associate Director of North West Coast Strategic Clinical Networks said:

I am excited about working across the larger footprint which I believe will benefit all our stakeholders. I am really pleased to welcome Lancashire and South Cumbria colleagues whose wealth of skills and experience will make all the difference as we strive to improve quality and equity of health care across the North West Coast.”

Janet Ratcliffe, Associate Director of Greater Manchester Strategic Clinical Networks said:

“I have enjoyed my time working across Lancashire and South Cumbria and I have seen great progress being made especially with the formation of the Healthier Lancashire Programme. I know I am leaving the clinical network in safe hands as Cheshire and Merseyside have inherited some fantastic talent from Greater Manchester Lancashire and South Cumbria SCN who really understand the patch and will continue do an incredible job.”

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