About us

The NHS Clinical Leaders Network leads change through empowering and connecting people to tackle the big issues in health and care.

Our mission is to work together to bring about better leaders, improving care.

The NHS Clinical Leaders Network was founded in 2006 to create a better way to engage and empower frontline clinical leaders to deliver transformational change.

Following a successful pilot in the North West regional CLNs were established to enable clinical led transformation across all professions and disciplines.

The learning from the success of the CLN approach fed into the development of the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and in 2012 the role of the CLN retracted to make way for the new CCGs.

Since 2012 we’ve worked with clinical and care professionals hungry for change to:

  • deliver our standard operating model of connecting, empowering and developing frontline clinical and care leaders
  • provide thought leadership and expert guidance across organisations and systems
  • convened an emergency panel to provide a response to the global pandemic (resulting in the Enhanced Mental Health Resilience Programme – shortlisted for a HSJ Workforce Initiative)
  • deliver two leadership development programmes: the Emerging Frontline Clinical and Care Leaders programme and the Advanced Clinical and Care Leaders programme
  • provide a safe space for the voice of clinical and care leaders across the country
  • work collaboratively across organisations and systems, flexing our offer of support to their needs and strengths
  • bring people together to tackle the big issues in health and care