Table 3

The results of question 8

ThemeFrequency of occurrence
*Means theme was mentioned at end of question 9.
Network of public health professionals23
Maximise scarce resources21 (+5*)
Sharing information/knowledge15 (+2*)
Deliver public health work/function/agenda10 (+1*)
Knowledge management8 (+2*)
Improve efficiency/reduce duplication7
Peer support/reduce isolation6 (+7*)
Network covering a geographical area6
Work across organisational boundaries6
Locate expertise5 (+2)
Identify and link people with similar interests5 (+1)
Provide a means of communication5
Work as a virtual team despite geographical distance5
Provide guidance in public health matters to its members3 (+2*)
Coordination of multidisciplinary work3
Work in partnership3