Victoria State Government: Emergency Care Clinical Network
Clinical networks are multidisciplinary groups of health professionals and consumers with common interests in a particular area of care or service who come together to improve patient care (Cunningham et al., 2012). Clinical networks in Australia are typically state-government facilitated. The first clinical networks were introduced in New South Wales in 2001 to engage clinicians in improving patient care. These networks are groups of health professionals, health organisations and consumers who work collaboratively to provide leadership and clinical service development across different speciality areas of healthcare.
The Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria, Australia) established Clinical Networks in in 2007. The state of Victoria has established several Clinical Networks covering a range of speciality areas including:
To understand more about the development of these clinical networks, how they operate and the lessons learnt to date Kaleidoscope carried out a deep-dive on the Victorian Emergency Care Clinical Network (ECCN), due to its prevalence in academic literature and the impressive quantitative and qualitative results recorded to date.
The ECCN was established by the Department of Health and Human Services to work with emergency clinicians to increase the use of evidence-based care, enhance a patient–centred approach to service improvement and encourage knowledge transfer across organisational boundaries.