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Anchor Strategy and Change Network

The Anchor Strategy and Change Network is an informal network for NHS strategy and policy leads in London, co-chaired by NHS London and UCLPartners. The network aims to support NHS organisations in London to maximise their economic and social impact in local communities.


Anchor institutions are typically large-scale, non-profit organisations whose long-term sustainability is tied to the wellbeing of the population they serve. The NHS is a prime example of an Anchor institution as the impact it has on the population’s health extends well beyond its role as provider of healthcare services.

By purposefully aligning how the NHS employs staff, purchases goods, manages estates, uses physical resources and engages with local communities, as an anchor institution, the NHS can tackle the underlying drivers of poor health and health inequalities.

Acting as effective anchors can be difficult, particularly for statutory organisations. To support London NHS organisations in their journey to becoming Anchor institutions, a number of initiatives are being developed that will support a structured approach to sharing learning, drawing on the best evidence, expertise and examples. 

About the network

The Anchor Strategy and Change Network has been set up to support NHS organisations in London to maximise their economic and social impact in local communities. The network will enable change at the levels of place, system and city by creating an opportunity for peers to share, learn and support each other.

The network is open to those working NHS and Integrated Care Systems in London whose roles cover strategy or policy. Members of the network should be actively involved in shaping and delivering local change programmes and/or corporate anchor strategies.

The network will meet regularly to provide an opportunity for members to share and problem solve with peers.

The network was launched on 1 December 2021. The first network meeting will be held early in 2022. For more information and to join the network, please contact