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Linking researchers, practitioners, educators, managers and policymakers
David Evans, Wendy Zhou, Natasha Godfrey & Irina Johnston
CHAIN has been externally evaluated 3 times, on each occasion demonstrating its value and popularity. The 1st evaluation, by researchers from University College London, was published (BMJ 2004:328:1174-8). The 2nd and 3rd evaluations resulted in internal reports for stakeholders. All 3 are available on the CHAIN homepage http://chain.ulcc.ac.uk/chain/index.html
CHAIN has expanded both in terms of the number of members and the breadth of focus, and now has members across the UK, Canada, Australia, the Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain and 40 other countries worldwide.
CHAIN (Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network) was established more than a decade ago to enable people in health & social care to exchange ideas and knowledge; to support getting research evidence into practice; and to facilitate those who have common interests or complementary aspirations. CHAIN now has over 12,000 members from UK and beyond. It is a free and voluntary mutual support network.
Membership of CHAIN is open to all who work in health & social care. Uniquely CHAIN includes front-line professionals, educators, researchers, managers and information specialists.
Increase in CHAIN membership over the past few years
Primary Functions of CHAIN
CHAIN also includes sub-groups which enable members to focus on areas of common interest.
Two snapshots of CHAIN illustrating the diverse interests and multiprofessional nature of the CHAIN membership
CHAIN is a successful non-hierarchical network of volunteer collaborators. It is funded by a consortium of 9 supporters including the National Institute for Health Research, and Macmillan Cancer Support. In Scotland, CHAIN is sponsored by the Scottish Government Health Directorates, the Scottish School of Primary Care, and NHS Grampian. In Ireland CHAIN is sponsored by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland and the Health Service Executive (Republic of Ireland). Sister networks exist in Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia and Scandinavia, forming an international pool of tacit knowledge and mutual support for health care professionals.
Usually individuals’ support networks include other colleagues in the red circle, perhaps extending to other professionals in the orange zone. CHAIN makes people in the red and green zone even more accessible and, critically enables members to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience which lies in the orange area
The breadth of insight and experience among CHAIN members is considerable. The flexibility and precision of CHAIN’s targeting tool enables effective ‘mining’ of this tacit knowledge.
For more information contact CHAIN
Joining CHAIN is free. The only criteria for joining are: an interest in the subject & being willing to share information & experience
To join, please complete the online registration form at: http://chain.ulcc.ac.uk/chain/index.html