Opportunity to join the North West Clinical Senate Council

The North West Clinical Senate Council is recruiting new members! Applications are invited from current members of the NW Clinical Senate Assembly and those with no prior experience of working in a Clinical Senate.

This small multi-professional expert group has a membership of up to 35 people, the majority being clinicians in roles with regular patient contact. The Council provides overall leadership and direction to support management of the Senate’s business. It maintains strategic clinical oversight across the NW region and is primarily responsible for the formulation and provision of independent expert advice, drawing on the views and opinions of the wider Assembly when required.

Key roles include:

  • Supporting continuous quality improvement of services across the NW region 
  • Applying professional knowledge and expertise in considering issues of strategic importance to improve health and social care outcomes in the respective geographies.
  • Consulting with the wider Clinical Senate Assembly to ensure that advice is informed by a breadth of clinical opinion through open and effective communication with professional constituencies.
  • Debating and agreeing recommendations with statutory bodies where divergence of clinical or professional opinion exists.
  • Actively participating in the work of the senate and committing the time necessary to understand the issues being considered to ensure participation is meaningful and effective.
  • Modelling the values and applying the principles agreed by the Clinical Senate to guide the formulation of advice.
  • Presenting the Clinical Senate’s views to different stakeholders; this could involve representing the Clinical Senate in a public setting.
  • Championing the Clinical Senate’s recommendations and assisting in communication with the wider clinical community.
  • Setting aside the interests of personally affiliated organisations or institutions in order to formulate and present a broader and objective perspective on what is in patients’ best interest in the area under consideration

What is the expectation and what will I gain?

The time commitment is anticipated to be no more than 1 day a month reviewable annually for two or three years depending on individual circumstances and Council needs. There is an expectation that members will be released from their host organisations to undertake these duties and individuals should seek explicit support from their organisations in respect of this when making their application. Participation in other activities outside the council meetings may also be required, e.g. attending stakeholder meetings, evidence and information review.

In return for your commitment to NW Clinical Senate Council, you will gain:

  • Opportunities to develop your professional leadership, communication and networking skills as part of your professional and personal development
  • Annual feedback and acknowledgement of your contribution to Senate Council work to be used in support of annual professional appraisal  and revalidation processes
  • Training and support to participate directly in NHS statutory assurance processes
  • Opportunities to contribute meaningfully  to the development of future high-quality  NHS services  and infrastructure across the country through the provision of objective, expert professional advice both when providing assurance and acting as a critical friend to developing  integrated care systems.

The job description and application forms can be found below.

Completed application forms should be returned to the NW Clinical Senate at england.info-nwsenate@nhs.net closing date for applications is 8.00am on Monday 6th June 2022 with interview/assessments taking place on Monday 11th July 2022.

The NW Clinical Senate are hosting two information meetings. Via teams you can register by clicking on the relevant date and completing your details.

Friday 13th May 12-1pm

Tuesday 17th May 8-9am

We aim to ensure that Clinical Senate Council membership as a whole reflects a breath of expertise across care settings, clinical professions, the wider system and geographically. In particular therefore, we are particularly keen to appoint members from the following areas:

  • Allied health professionals
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacy
  • Opthalmology, audiology and dentistry
  • Community health care
  • Mental health (all ages)
  • Social care (adults, children and providers)
  • Voluntary and charitable sector
  • Patients and public
  • Colleagues working with groups especially at risk of health and care access and outcomes disparities  (e.g. homeless people, travelling communities)

However, selection will be made firstly on the basis of prospective members’ skills, knowledge, commitment  and expertise and secondly to ensure a balanced group in those terms.