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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness



What is the Managed Clinical Network (East of England)?

Over a number of years, commissioners and providers of mental health and learning disability services in the East of England have worked with patients and members of the public to improve the quality of local services.  Changes to commissioning arrangements mean that structures that previously supported this work has now ended.  However, the commissioning bodies and local service providers remain committed to working together to identify problems with current service provision and find ways to improve service quality.


The NHS Midlands and East mental health and learning disabilities programme is contracted with the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) to pilot a strategic managed clinical network (MCN) for mental health and learning disabilities (MHLD) across the 6 counties of the East of England region.  The pilot began in July 2012 and is currently running for 18 months. The MCN will be aligned to existing formally mandated networks and those currently being developed by the national commissioning board.


The key function and role for the MCN is to support commissioning and delivery of safe, sustainable, high quality MHLD services across the East of England.  The pilot is building on successful collaboration between service commissioners, providers and service users in the East of England region to provide administrative and technical assistance to help stakeholders:


  • identify priorities for service improvement;
  • establish standards for service provision which reflect national recommendations, policy and guidelines, taking account of local context;
  • collect data to compare current practice against these standards;
  • develop and implement changes to the organisation and delivery of services aimed at driving up standards of care;
  • improve capacity to deliver improvement;
  • use valid measures to monitor the impact of these changes and set new areas for further quality improvement.




Structure of the Network

Find out more about the Network and its governance



Our Workstreams

List of workstreams that are running under this project



Resource Library

Resources available to members, including documents and leaflets provided by members.



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News & Events

Oversight Board Meetings

23 November 2012 (minutes)

7 September 2012 (minutes)

13 May 2013 (cancelled)                  

6 September 2013 (minutes)

6 December 2013 - details


Network Board Meetings

26 October 2012 (minutes)

8 February 2013 (minutes)

19 April 2013 (minutes)

19 July 2013 (minutes)

4 October 2013 - details

13th December 2013 - details






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