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March 19 , 2015

CHAIN, (standing for Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network), originated 15 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme in England and has since grown into a not-for profit international online community of around 14,000 people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with each other. The community includes frontline healthcare practitioners from all professions, managers, educators, researchers and knowledge specialists (see the latest analysis of CHAIN membership). It is currently funded by a consortium of stakeholders including the National Institute for Health Research, Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Scotland.  Sister networks exist in Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, Italy and Spain forming an international pool of tacit knowledge and mutual support for health care professionals.

Recent developments also include the establishment of facilitated sub-groups focusing on Dementia, Clinical Audit, Health & Wellbeing, Self-management of long term conditions, and Improving Patients’ Experience.  

 Membership is entirely FREE and members of CHAIN get access to the network’s online directory, as well as receiving occasional messages which are targeted specifically to their individual interests. We would be delighted if you would join CHAIN, and if you do, experience tells us that you will almost certainly find the network to be valuable, as you will gain access to around 14,000 people from all professions, specialties and organisations who share your own willingness to be generous with knowledge and experience in pursuit of improving health and social care.

For further Information on CHAIN, (including an external evaluation published in BMJ), and an online joining form, visit our website (Click on ‘Join’ for the membership form). 

 We very much hope you will take up this invitation to join our network. In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email

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