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What is an MCN?

What is a Managed Clinical Network (MCN)?

MCNs have been defined as ‘linked groups of health professionals and organisations from primary, secondary and tertiary care working in a co-ordinated manner, unconstrained by existing professional and Health Board boundaries to ensure equitable provision of high quality, clinically effective services through out Scotland’.

An MCN is a way of working where clinicians from all professions and sectors place their focus on patients and services rather than being constrained by organisational boundaries.

In addition, all our MCNs have input from patients to ensure a patient-centred focus to all our work.

There are a number of core principals for MCNs to follow:

  • An MCN must be managed.
  • Have a defined structure.
  • Have a clear strategy statement.
  • Use a documented evidence base.
  • Be multi disciplinary and multi professional and to include patient representation.
  • Have a clear policy on disseminating information to patients.
  • Have a commitment from all health professionals in the MCN to practice in accordance with the network principals.
  • Have a quality assurance programme.
  • Develop its education and training potential,
  • Ensure that all health professionals in the MCN actively participate in audits.
  • Have a CPD programme in place for all staff and ensure that staff are able to move within the network in ways to improve patient access and maintain professional skills
  • Explore the potential for better value for money.


Managed Clinical Networks (MCN) were set up to

  • assist in developing aspects of the management of Long Term Conditions (LTC) such as diabetes, cardiovascular, rheumatological and respiratory diseases and chronic pain
  • promote health improvement in Glasgow and Clyde in new and creative ways
  • promote close working between patients, carers, local authorities and the voluntary sector to help plan both preventative and care services
  • review services to ensure everyone can access high quality, evidence-based services, while acknowledging potential financial limitations
  • review guidelines and protocols for the management of various conditions consistent with national guidelines
  • provide readily-available information about Long Term Conditions and health care for those who wish to access it

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Last Updated: 15 July 2020