Requesting Senate Advice

Clinical Senate will respond to requests for clinical advice on matters that will support commissioner decision making from Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England, health providers, Local Authority / Health & Wellbeing Boards and other stakeholders.

A request for advice can be made, and accepted, at any stage of service development. Senate can:

  • Provide commissioners with informal clinical advice in the early stages of consideration and while options are being considered;
  • Support commissioners where there is a need for advice or recommendations on complex clinical issues that would benefit from a whole system, strategic response; and
  • At the request of NHS England as part of its service change assurance process, Clinical Senate can provide independent clinical advice on a service change proposal. Clinical Senate involvement in this process does not preclude clinical senate from offering formal or informal advice to Commissioners at an earlier or developmental stage of the service change proposal.

Working with the lead commissioners, Clinical Senate will agree terms of reference for a topic and then bring together the relevant expertise from its council and assembly and where appropriate external experts and other relevant bodies for example strategic clinical network. Details of how the advice process will work can be found on the link below.


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