NHS Clinical Senates help a broad cross-section of health professionals, patients and public engage with statutory commissioners. This group identifies areas with potential to improve outcomes.
A Clinical Senate should represent its local population, helping local commissioners advise on how to:
- Implement best practice
- Be a source of clinical leadership and credibility
- Proactively promote major service changes
- Link clinical expertise and local knowledge, i.e. across patient pathways
- Engage with clinical networks
There are 12 Clinical Senates across the country – they are based on patient flow and geographical locations.