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 free online course for those facilitating networks for change and improvement in health and care. The Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement course (DEN4CI) provides the ‘building blocks’ to develop and sustain effective networks

Developing Effective Networks for Change and Improvement (DEN4CI)

  • Free online CPD-accredited course 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
  •  The first cohort of the course is now fully booked. If you would like to receive information on future cohorts when we have it, please email to be added to our mailing list.
  • 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 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).

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. 

The first cohort of the course is fully booked

Find out more

The first cohort of the course is now fully booked. If you would like to receive information on future cohorts when we have it, please email to be added to our mailing list.

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. 

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

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