Why are Clinical Senates important to physiotherapy?
- They advise on care pathways, integration of services, and service development from a clinical standpoint
- So we need them to know about the contribution of physiotherapy
- Although the Clinical Senates don’t take decisions about health service commissioning, they are potentially very influential over those who do.
What are Clinical Senates?
- 12 Clinical Senates have been established to cover all parts of England since April 2013
- They are non-statutory advisory bodies with no executive authority
- They bring together a range of professionals whose job it is to provide independent, strategic and clinical advice and leadership for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and NHS England
- They work closely with the 15 Academic Health Science Networks, organised in roughly the same regions
- The sort of advice they will provide includes potential areas for improving outcomes and value (e.g. self-referral), promoting innovation and good ideas, advising on clinical pathways
- They will take a broad strategic view on overall health care in their area, rather than focus on particular areas of health care.
What can I do?
What makes sense for you will depend on your situation. These are just a few ideas:
- The best way to engage with Clinical Senates is to make sure there is a strong advocate for physiotherapy on its membership
- Search online for the Clinical Senate for your area to see who’s who on the Senate Council and the Senate Assembly
- If there is a physiotherapist or other allied health professional on the Senate Council or Senate Assembly, why not make contact and share your ideas about services
- If there is no physio or AHP rep, contact the Senate Chair to make the case for an AHP on the Assembly and put yourself or a regional colleague forward
- Clinical Senates will be advising commissioners and providers on how to meet national outcomes.Familiarise yourself with what these are
- Link up with others with a shared agenda, such as other CSP members, AHP colleagues, patient groups
- Find out what other CSP members are doing and share what you find out. Get in touch with your Regional Network
- Working together helps us all. Let us know how you get on through your Regional Network.
This information forms part of the CSP's influencing toolkit