Collaborate across the country


Christmas may be around the corner, but NHS Collaborate is showing no signs of slowing down, with new networks continuing to spring up across the country.

Farzana organised London’s very first Collaborate Connect gathering in Newham, East London. The afternoon had a real community feel, with patients, pharmacists, students, teachers and members of the CCG coming together to reflect on what ‘good’ looks like.

“A really energising and engaging afternoon. Great to have representation from pharmacy, patients, LA, CCG and medical students from the London Academy of Excellence.”

“Still buzzing from Newham’s first Collaborate event. Mix of residents, sixth formers, teachers, pharmacists, community neighbourhood team and CCG in the room. The brilliant Mark Spencer patiently and powerfully listening and sharing. And singing a bit! We’re doing it again in January! Great beginning. Every area should have one of these events!”

Brand new Collaborate networks are also beginning to take shape in West Lancashire and South Lakes.

Nearly thirty people attended the South Lakes kick-start event, held on the banks of Lake Windermere. It was a little too wet to go for a walk, but everyone enjoyed connecting, sharing and exploring the guiding principles of NHS Collaborate over some warm mince pies. The West Lancs Collaborate gathering followed a similar theme, giving people the time to talk and enter a ‘sanity space’.

“Really good afternoon, I am both tired and energised! Excellent exploration and understanding of the importance of ‘why’… great start.”

“It really was a great event, and some real positivity by the end of the session. A great example of courageous and vulnerable leadership to encourage honesty and start building trust.”

“Great day today at Collaborate Connect Lakes & Grange PCN event. Exploring “why” and developing meaning relationships. Already looking forward to the next one.”