Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement

NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement (SI) team is working in partnership with London South Bank University to offer a unique opportunity to benefit from a new online course, titled Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement (DEN4CI)

Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement (DEN4CI)

  • Free online CPD-accredited course running from January to April for people involved in leading and facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care
  • Key topics include network purpose & function, engaging your network members, creating value and impact for your network, and network sustainability
  • Applications close at 5pm on Monday 26th November 2018 (Click Here for Application Form)
  • For full course details including dates and accreditation details, please click here for our FAQs.

About the course

Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement (DEN4CI) is a free online course for people involved in leading and facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care. The 11-week course runs from January to April 2019 and provides the ‘building blocks’ to develop and sustain networks, so that they can deliver real change and improvement for patients and the public.

More than ever, networks are driving transformation in services - bridging boundaries between organisations and mobilising people to work together. Network facilitation is an increasingly important skill. DEN4CI will equip network leaders and facilitators with the know-how, confidence and practical tools they need. It includes:

  • Five specially designed modules covering the latest knowledge and insights from renowned experts in networks in health and care, supported by case studies and learning resources
  • Three powerful, evidence-based ‘diagnostic’ tools - Source4Networks (S4N) network health check diagnostics - to help you identify key actions to strengthen and sustain your network
  • Two live ‘Ask the expert’ webinars to support you in applying the tools and learning within your network
  • Two self-directed ‘coaching circle’ sessions, using action-learning approaches to deepen your learning
  • Access to a community of fellow network leaders and facilitators in health and care through the LeNs community, to share insights and offer peer support to sustain your network development journey.

The course has been designed by leading expert in networks for health and improvement, Professor Becky Malby of London South Bank University, and is delivered in conjunction with NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team and the Source4Networks platform (for more details on the course team click here).

E Learning Journey

Learning goals

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Identify ways to lead and organise their network to achieve the network’s goals and ambitions
  • Develop plans to increase the impact of the network they lead, ensuring it is as effective as it can be
  • Implement the Source4Networks (S4N) network health check diagnostics to identify areas of strength and improvement
  • Develop insights, strategies and approaches for facilitating their membership and ensuring their network’s health and sustainability
  • Join and contribute to building  a national and international  network  leadership community, providing expert and peer to peer support
  • Gain CPD accreditation. 

How to apply

Please apply by 5pm on Monday 26th November 2018 (Click Here for Application Form)  to . Places on the course are limited will be allocated according to criteria set out in the application form and you will be contacted via email in the week commencing 7th December 2018 to let you know whether you have been successful in gaining a place.

Find out more

For more information, please see our answers to frequently asked questions

We are holding two ‘open day’ webinars where you can find out more and ask questions, on the following dates. Please click on the links below to register in advance for the sessions if you would like to join:

29th October, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
7th November, 3.30pm to 4.30pm

You are also welcome to contact the team (Networks team, Sustainable Improvement Team, NHS England) by emailing .