What is a clinical network?

Clinical networks have been defined as follows:

'A clinical network is a linked group of health professionals and organisations from primary, secondary and tertiary care, working in a coordinated way that is not constrained by existing organisational or professional boundaries to ensure equitable provision of high quality, clinically effective care.' (1)

'…a means of mobilising resources and coordinating those resources…to implement one or more care pathways designed to meet the needs of a given population…and as a point of accountability for the performance of those resources' (2)

In summary, clinical networks provide a way to get people and organisations working together to deliver better care for patients.


  1. Baker CD, Lorimer AR. Cardiology: the development of a managed clinical network.
    BMJ 2000;321:1152-3
  2. Cropper S, Hopper A, Spencer SA. Managed clinical networks.
    Arch Dis Child 2002;87:1-4