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Quality and safety

Critical mass

The delivery of safe, effective care relies on achieving critical mass in the numbers of patients treated and the staff caring for them.

  • Critical mass means there are sufficient numbers of expert staff and patients to create sub-specialties and the increased quality they bring.
  • Critical mass can be easier to achieve with a network.
  • Critical mass allows ideas and practices to spread rapidly through a network, promoting and accelerating behaviour change.
  • It also enables the network to influence those outside its membership, for example partners and commissioners.Critical mass graphic

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