Allied Health Professions are invited to get more involved in the 2 clinical senates in the North West.

Clinical senates bring together expertise from across health and social care systems to promote improvements in the quality of services. They provide leadership and advice, and inform NHS England's service change assurance process. They provide credible and robust independent clinical advice to commissioners in order to help them make the best decisions about health and care services for the populations they represent.

There are two clinical senates in the North West:

  • Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria (chaired by Prof Donal O’Donoghue, Consultant Nephrologist)
  • Cheshire & Merseyside (chaired by Dr Cecil Kullu, Consultant Psychiatrist)

Both senates are currently seeking AHPs to join the North West Senate Assembly and support service reviews either within, or beyond, the North West.

Role of a senate assembly member

Much of the role of a senate assembly member is carried out virtually but will hold biannual/annual events each year. There are also opportunities to take part in clinical review panels and attend certain senate council meetings to provide specialist expertise.

The key function of the Senate Assembly is to support the Clinical Senate by:

  • Commenting on and providing evidence & links to key contacts for questions being addressed by the Senate Council (particularly where the topic focuses on your own specialty area.
  • Proposing potential topics and or/questions to the Senate.
  • Provide wide ranging knowledge and expertise the Senate Council can draw on for providing clinical advice to commissioners and undertaking clinical reviews.
  • Supporting the Clinical Reviews the Senate undertakes by helping to identify review panel members or by taking part in specialty specific clinical review panels either for the NW Clinical Senates or for other Clinical Senates across England.
  • Championing the role of the Clinical Senate in general.

Members are “organisationally agnostic” in their senate roles.

For more senior and interested colleagues, there may be the opportunity to join one of our Senate Councils (via a recruitment process) should you wish to be more involved in steering the work of the senate.

For more information

Your can find more information on clinical senates on the NHS England website and also the North West Coast clinical senate website

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the senate, would like to have an informal chats and/or wish to register your interest in joining, please click here: http://www.nwcscnsenate.nhs.uk/clinical-senate/about-us/clinical-senate-assembly/