Senate Council

The Clinical Senate Council is a multi-professional group with an independent chair, Dr Mike Gill, and twenty-four other members.

Ten are nominated as representatives of the Patient & Public Voice, London Clinical Commissioning Council, London’s Academic Health Science Networks, London’s Local Education and Training Boards, London’s Directors of Public Health Network and Social Care.

Fourteen members are appointed. These are senior health professionals from different disciplines, selected following open application for the qualities and experience they can bring to the Senate’s work.
Council Members
Through its membership the Council provides a whole systems perspective and maintains a strategic overview of health and health care in London. It provides overall leadership for the Senate and is responsible for coordinating the Senate’s business and the provision of advice, drawing on the views and expertise of the wider Forum. It acts as the public face of the Senate, leads development of the Senate’s work programme and reviews its effectiveness.

Work Programme

Since September 2014 Clinical Senate’s have been responsible for giving independent advice on proposals for service change, a function previously carried out by the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT). In practice this means that an independent review by the London Clinical Senate is a necessary step prior to launch of any formal public consultation on significant service change.
Clinical Senate Advice
The central focus of these reviews is whether proposals are underpinned by a clear clinical evidence base, one of the four tests required in the Mandate from the Government to NHS England. We encourage all commissioners developing proposals which will require a Clinical Senate review to get in touch with us at an early stage of the process. Whilst the size and complexity of schemes can vary, reviews typically require a lead in time of up to four months.

View a summary of the advice we provided – November 2015 (click here)

Council Meetings

The Council met formally for the first time at the end of September 2013 and continues to meet every two months.
Council Meetings