The role of the Clinical Senate is to provide advice on matters that will support systems in their decision making regarding future service configuration and delivery.
The North West Clinical Senate can:
- Provide formal clinical advice, recommendations and assurance to support the NHSE/I assurance process
- Provide informal clinical advice and support
- Support systems and organisations to resolve issues where there is a lack of agreement and/or clinical consensus between partners regarding future service delivery
The North West Clinical Senate support the development of the North West's health services by providing an impartial source of strategic clinical advice to commissioners to support them in making the best decisions about health care for the populations they serve.
This document lays out the process for seeking advice from the Clinical Senate and details how the Senate will go about formulating that advice and publishing it.
The document also provides a template in Appendix 2 for completion to formally request advice or support from the NW Clincial Senate.
Clinical Senates are a unique resource; they are able use the knowledge and expertise of clinicians, health professionals and patient representatives from across health and social care to provide evidence based, independent clinical advice on proposals for service change. With expertise from across their respective areas, Clinical Senates understand the potential impact of service change proposals across their geography and the wider system to help inform commissioners and providers to make the best decisions for their population.
The Clinical Senates are committed to sharing our own learning and supporting the health and care system. Drawing from our experiences, we have brought together this short guide to developing a case for change for clinical services. We should caveat that by stating that this guide refers to the information for the clinical case for change, not the full case for change which will inevitably include financial challenges. Clinical Senates do not consider the financial aspect and so no reference is made to that in this guide.
We hope that this, together with the examples and other sources of support in this guide, will be helpful in developing your clinical case for service change.