Clinical networks (CNs) are groups of health professionals, health organisations and consumers who work collaboratively to provide leadership and support to improve clinical services across a number of specialty areas of healthcare. In 2010 the Ministry of Health (MoH) contracted the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) to develop and implement a strategic approach to national clinical networks for some child and youth health services. Since 2010 the MoH has renewed the contract eight times, for varying periods, and the current contract is through to June 2022. The Programme now has 12 CNs, in varying phases of development and consolidation, plus two CNs have completed their agreed, fixed term operations.
A comprehensive, business process has been developed to support the formal processes required to implement and manage the CNs and this includes having an agreed workplan that details the development of a range of quality improvement activities. Completed resources can be viewed on the Starship Childrens Health’s web site https://www.starship.org.nz/health-professionals/about-clinical-networks/
The Programme has a Governance Group that provides oversight and support to the contract’s operations. A biannual newsletter CYNet, profiles updates on the Programme’s achievements and can be viewed on the PSNZ and Starship websites.