Collaboration with other practices can improve access to a greater number of experts and means that good practice can be exchanged between peers.
Networks can give you access to information; they can allow you to share representative duties; raise your pro le; and can offer you good support. The Health Foundation has shared a “5C wheel” model and this model enables a network to add value especially in quality improvement.
Collaboratives usually involve a central learning event followed by local implementation using quality improvement tools, such as PDSA cycles. These are supported by regular communication between the expert(s) and the participants as well as through the sharing of results, feedback and learning. Collaboratives are an ideal tool for Federations and general practices at scale to benefit from.
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