• Tara Humphrey

Building Networks in Primary Care: The Good Old Fashioned Meet and Greet

We all know that organisational, personal and professional success is reliant on solid relationships.

For Community Education Provider Networks (CEPNs) and GP Federations, regardless of their stage of maturity, its good news to know that the people involved in these developments have already established quite a wide and intricate network, like the picture presented above.

However, even though our connections are there, the challenge becomes creating meaningful engagement which enables this variety of people to actively participate.

I know we are all developing regular newsletters, and piggybacking on existing communication channels but nothing can replace the good old fashioned meet and greet.

I know it's time consuming, and time is money, but I think it’s a key activity to enable your network to thrive and really make a difference.

Whether it’s a 30-minute meeting, attending locality meetings or forums and having your ten-minute slot, go and go consistently.

And for every new person that you haven’t met, who drops you an email, organise a meeting with them.

  • Communications will be easier

  • People will get to know, like and trust you quicker if they have seen your face

  • People will be more willing to tap into their networks to help you if you proactively make the effort to develop these relationships