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Networks in Health Care: Managing Complex Relationships

Networks in Health Care: Managing Complex Relationships.


Rebecca Malby, London Southbank University
Murray Anderson-Wallace, Healthcare specialist and Visiting Professor, London Southbank University


The growing number of networks delivering healthcare, and professionals learning together to improve care, has created a need for new kinds of management and leadership. This timely book highlights key lessons for network leaders in a world where care must increasingly be managed through partnerships and networks as a response to complex health needs requiring better solutions across health economies.

Using their own research and case studies, the authors set out the context:

  • Why networks are here to stay
  • The benefits: why networks work well and for what
  • The difference between networks and hierarchies and when to use each
  • The different types of network; and how to lead a network effectively.

Written for health and social care professionals wanting to set up or currently leading a network, Networks in Health Care is practical, informative, but theoretically grounded and written by two leading experts in the field.  This book will also be useful for academics teaching health care leadership, it includes practical diagnostic materials and up to date international examples.    

Book Information

ISBN Print: 9781786352842
ISBN Electronic: 9781786352835
Publication Date: 31 July 2016
Format print: Paperback
Page count: 220
Dimensions: x

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About the Author(s)

Rebecca Malby is Professor in Health Systems Innovation at London Southbank University, and a non-executive Director of Spectrum Healthcare (a social enterprise). Previously she was the Director at the Centre for Innovation in Health Management at the University of Leeds, where she collaborated on establishing and leading the Leeds Institute for Quality Healthcare. She was the health expert advisor to the Cabinet Office Barriers to Choice Review (2013), a Critical Friend to the NEF/ NESTA Co-production programme, and has been a special advisor to The Health Foundation on establishing sustainable learning networks. She speaks nationally and internationally on social value, innovation, networks, and change in complex environments.  She is also a Visiting Fellow at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. 

Murray Anderson-Wallace is a specialist in healthcare communications and Visiting Professor at London South Bank University.  He has wide experience of research and development work with networks and other complex non-hierarchal organisational forms.  He is an expert in relational practice and has contributed to the growing body of knowledge in the field. He led the conceptual development, research and testing for the Health Foundation, which establish the foundation for a major programme on Networks.