How to access our support

Wessex Clinical Senate and Networks can provide advice and clinical input upon how health services might be improved. This includes making assessments on the clinical case for change of health services, or on the overall design and commissioning of health services.

We also have a role to play in informing the NHS England assurance process prior to wider public consultation.

If you have a request for advice, to determine whether we can help you or not, we assess against the following criteria.

Our acceptance criteria:


A decision on the solution to the problem has not already been made in the health system. If a decision has been made, the Clinical Senate Assembly will be able to assist in providing the public profile on service changes, but NHS England states that the Wessex Clinical Senate should not revisit the issue[1].


Patient outcomes affected by the issue can be measured in direct or indirect ways.


The proposed service change will impact a whole system and is beyond the remit of a single commissioner.


The benefits of any change can be easily communicated across the health and social care economy as an ‘end to end’ story.


There is active visible sign off for the change proposed from senior leaders or the ‘high interest, high influence’ stakeholders as identified by the topic or issue analysis in Wessex.


The sponsors or owners of the change who have requested advice are willing to commit the time necessary to complete the change, the number of people required to execute it, and any other resources required (e.g. financial, external consultants).

If you'd like to acesss the support of Wessex Clinical Senate or Networks, please complete the form on our Contact page.