What are MCNs?
Managed Clinical Networks (MCNs) aim to link groups of professionals, organisations, patients and carers to improve patient care. MCNs are intended to be multidisciplinary and draw on expertise from a variety of areas including local authorities and voluntary organisations as well as the NHS. The involvement of patients and carers in service planning is key to the thinking behind MCNs.
Forth Valley Diabetes MCN
The MCN helps to co-ordinate and develop diabetes services across the NHS Forth Valley area.
The Diabetes Managed Clinical Network aims to:
- promote effective collaboration and co-ordination across traditional professional and organisational boundaries
- facilitate health professionals to work in partnership with patients to ensure the best use of resources, facilities, knowledge and experience to improve patient care
- deliver a high quality, clinically effective, patient focused service that is integrated and provided on an equitable basis
- ensure that professionals and patients are given the appropriate education and training opportunities
- minimise premature morbidity and mortality in those with diabetes
- maximise quality of life by detecting and treating disease and its complications at an early stage
- take forward the key recommendations of the Scottish Diabetes Action Plan