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National clinical networks in NHS Wales bring together clinicians and other health professionals across Wales, supported by relevant specialist expertise, to improve services and patient outcomes through influencing the commissioning, planning, delivery and development of services.

All national clinical networks in the Collaborative have the following functions:

  • Identifying, defining, documenting, disseminating and keeping under review best practice (from Wales, the UK and internationally)
  • Supporting the planning and commissioning of services within the network’s scope
  • Supporting the implementation of plans for service improvement, locally, regionally and nationally
  • Measuring and reporting on performance, compliance with standards and variation, including through peer review and business intelligence activities (not performance management)
  • Fostering and supporting innovation, including through the management of pilot projects, and supporting the spread of successful innovation from the local to national levels