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Clinical Senates

Influencing toolkit 5

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.

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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.

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