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Setting up a national network

Published on 27 September 2019

Who can submit a proposal for a specialist network?

The need for a national network may emerge in a "bottom-up" or "top-down" way.

Clinicians themselves frequently submit proposals. They can see the benefit of linking together across Scotland, or through strategic policy initiatives. Certain criteria must be met in order to create these links through networks.

Management and administrative support for the network will be given. Funding to recompense an NHS board for backfill to provide some protected time for the Lead Clinician will also be provided. Lead Clinicians need this time so that they can support network planning and implementation.

During the scoping of the proposal, the level of support and amount of funding needed will be looked at in partnership with us.

Once designation occurs, networks must agree a detailed work plan in line with the network’s strategic objectives and milestones. Progress against this plan will assess the effectiveness of the network.