managed clinical network

managed clinical network

A network of NHS health professionals created to improve co-ordination and communication between the various disciplines involved in caring for patients with specific conditions—e.g., cancer, diabetes, chronic renal failure—by sharing information and resources and subspecialising.

MCNs strive to develop a consistent and equitable service to those who need it by promoting consistency and quality throughout the care pathway, bringing user and provider views to the planning process, developing services which are truly person-centred and delivered locally wherever possible, but specialised if needed. A managed clinical network is comprised of a range of health professionals— doctors, pharmacists, nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists—and organisations from primary, secondary and regional healthcare working together to ensure that high-quality clinically effective services are fairly distributed and involve patients with experience in the disease of interest (”expert patients”).
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It also offers families support and its long-term aim is to become a managed clinical network, linking professionals and teams, to ensure patients receive the best care and a sustainable service.
IMPROVEMENTS to neonatal healthcare in Wales will include the establishment of a Neonatal Managed Clinical Network, according to Health Minister Edwina Hart.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, which organised the meeting with Mr Murphy, is calling for an urgent review of neuromuscular services in Wales and wants to see a managed clinical network set up for patients with the condition.
Extra support will be made available to patients at home as part of a managed clinical network.
As a result, hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford will work together in a managed clinical network so that changes for patients will be kept to a minimum.
This will allow the introduction of an additional neonatal intensive care cot, as well as one additional paediatric intensive care bed, and other improvements in a number of associated areas, including the establishment of a managed clinical network and better IT systems.
More consultants have been appointed, new dedicated neonatal transport services established, improved information systems put in place and a Neonatal Managed Clinical Network for Wales been developed.
However, it is positive that a managed clinical network has now been set up to coordinate care of vulnerable babies, and hospitals are now being assessed on whether they meet minimum standards.
The group has produced a plan with priorities that include a Neonatal Managed Clinical Network for Wales.
Dr Jane Morris, of the Managed Clinical Network for Eating Disorders North Scotland, said: "Accepting a range of body images, whilst embracing individuality and diversity, is likely to reduce the incidence of eating disorders.
To support this, we have set up a project to develop service specific standards for children's specialised services in Wales and enable equity of access for all children in Wales requiring specialised services through effective managed clinical networks.
The report called on the Department of Health to support the establishment of managed clinical networks to improve referrals and transport.
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