Developing collaboration and knowledge exchange in clinical commissioning group learning networks


Boundaries may often limit collaboration and knowledge exchange between diverse stakeholder groups.  Effective commissioning practice will require active collaboration within commissioning groups as well as with external parties.  Competence in collaboration and communication need to be developed to overcome tensions between the various stakeholders such as public and private service providers, regulatory bodies, politicians, researchers, service users, local communities and the public in general.

The objective of this project is to examine the knowledge sharing networks of newly forming GP organisations.  In particular, we seek to understand the nature and quality of relationships forming around the new pathfinder consortium. A particular question we ask is:

What knowledge brokering strategies are GP cluster organizations pursuing in developing their commissioning practice?


We will use a mix of quantitative and qualitative research approaches.  Social network analysis instruments will be developed for pathfinder GP consortium partners. Starting with individuals in the pathfinder organisations, we will collect data about their interactions, and contact details for the people they interact with. These named individuals will in turn be contacted in order to identify collaboration strategies and patterns.  In some instances, a team member from theJudgeBusinessSchool,UniversityofCambridge, will follow up by interviewing respondents to gain a more in depth understanding of the nature of collaborations.


Our main partners are NHS Cambridgeshire, NHS East of England, Clinical Commissioning Groups in East of England.


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Project proposal

Diffusion of knowledge and innovation in health systems: Advice and collaboration networks among Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s).

For more information contact: Dr Eivor Oborn, Judge Business School,