About Us

The Northern England Clinical Networks were created in 2013 to drive improvement in the quality and equity of healthcare for its 3.1 million population.



Combining the experience of clinicians, the input of patients and the organisational vision of NHS staff, our purpose is to:

  • reduce unwarranted variation in health and wellbeing services
  • encourage innovation in how services are provided now and in the future
  • provide clinical advice and leadership to support decision making and strategic planning.

Working in partnership to achieve this we bring together those who use, provide and commission health services to make improvements in outcomes for often complex patient-pathways through five main networks:

  • Cancer
  • Mental Health and Dementia (including Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing)
  • Maternity
  • Cardiovascular Disease (incorporating cardiac, stroke and vascular)
  • Diabetes

At the same time we work with a wide and varied range of other networks to develop and improve, such as critical care and learning disabilities.

Built on the success of activity by the previous clinical networks in the NHS which, for over a decade, led to significant improvements in the delivery of patient care, the Clinical Networks are hosted and funded by NHS England and were established as a result of the policy documents: Strategic Clinical Networks: The way forward (July 2012) and Strategic Clinical Networks: Single Operating Framework (November 2012)

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Our stakeholders

Northern England Clinical Networks cover the North East, North Cumbria, and Hambleton and Richmondshire in North Yorkshire.

The list below is not exhaustive but gives a selection of the organisations we work with.

In our area there are:

  • NHS England Area Teams
  • Acute Provider trusts
  • Local authorities
  • Clinical Commissioning groups
  • FRESH (smoking cessation) and Balance (alcohol awareness)
  • Public Health England
  • Health Education England
  • Academic Health Science Network
  • Research Networks
  • Third Sector
  • Education Providers
  • Intelligence and Informatics Network