About Us

Senates are comprised of a core Council and a wider Assembly or forum.

Clinical senates have been established to be a source of independent, strategic advice and guidance to commissioners and other stakeholders to help them to make the best decisions about healthcare for the populations they represent. There are 12 clinical senates across England.

The purpose of Clinical Senates

  • Support commissioners to make the best decisions about health care for the populations.
  • Bring together a range of health and social care professionals, with patients, to take an overview of health and healthcare for local populations.
  • Provide a source of strategic, independent clinical advice and leadership on how services should be designed to provide the best overall care and outcomes for patients.
  • Provide clinical advice to inform the NHS England service change assurance process.

Organisation Model

Clinical senates are comprised of a core clinical senate council and a wider clinical senate assembly or forum. Each clinical senate has a clinical chair.

The clinical senate assembly or forum is a diverse multi-professional forum providing the council with ready access to experts from a broad range of health and care professions. Membership of the assembly will encompass the ‘birth to death’ spectrum of NHS care and will include patient representatives.

The clinical senate council is a small multi-professional steering group. This group co-ordinates and manages the clinical senate’s business. It maintains a strategic overview across their region and is responsible for the formulation and provision of advice, working with the broader clinical senate assembly.

Clinical senates will run a clinical review team, as required, to provide the clinical advice that informs the NHS England service change assurance process.