Invitation to join CHAIN

CHAIN, (standing for Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network), originated 20 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme in England and has since grown into a not-for profit international online community of over 16,000 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, Health Service Executive, NHS Education England, NHS Leadership Academy and Alzheimer’s Society. 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 Diabetes, Stroke, Frailty, Dementia, Anti-Microbial Resistance, Substance misuse and addictions, Leadership, Health & Wellbeing, 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. CHAIN membership would allow access to over 16,000 people from all professions, specialties and organisations.

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

CHAIN very much hope you will take up this invitation to join their network. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact them (

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