The Clinical Senate is a non-statutory clinical advisory body, established to provide clinical leadership and independent clinical advice to commissioners within the Thames Valley.
Purpose of clinical senates
In considering requests for advice, the Clinical Senate takes a strategic view across the Thames Valley, and wider where this appropriate for patient pathways, and considers topics on a whole system basis to ensure that across the geography:
Requests can be considered from other stakeholders within the Thames Valley if they met a strategic need and if there is commissioner support for the topic.
From its knowledge base, the Clinical Senate Council may also proactively develop a topic that it considers to be strategic, cross-cutting, important, relevant and would promote improved quality and safety of care.
As of September 2014, clinical senates have a formal role in providing clinical advice to inform the NHS England service change assurance process