Who we are

Wessex Clinical Senate is a non-statutory, advisory body providing independent clinical advice covering the Wessex Area (Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight) and hosted by the Wessex Local Area Team of NHS England.

When we came to set up the Clinical Senate in Wessex, we decided that we needed a patient voice on the Clinical Senate so the Wessex Clinical Senate brings together multi professional clinical leaders with other public sector and patient leaders.

The members work collaboratively and as an arm’s length body will advise, and where necessary challenge, all parts of the healthcare system to drive improvement.

The Clinical Senate Council will harness this expertise working with the Strategic Clinical Networks and wider Senate Assembly, using their extensive knowledge of the local healthcare system to:

  • assist commissioners make the best decisions about healthcare for the Wessex population
  • put outcomes and quality at the heart of the commissioning system
  • increase efficiency
  • promote the needs of patients above the needs of organisations or professions.

There are a number of features that distinguish us from other bodies across the health system, namely that our membership will:

  • not focus on a specific condition - rather taking a broader, more strategic view on the totality of healthcare in a care pathway and across a geographical area.
  • possess skills in service delivery, public health, health education, workforce planning, implementation science, patient and public engagement - so that we can reflect on the demographic, technological, sustainability agendas as well as the patient perspective.
  • possess practical experience of delivering primary, secondary and specialist health care as well as community and mental health services as well as commissioners.
  • be largely coterminous with the Wessex Deanery[*]. This means that many of the senior doctors who are Senate Council members have trained in more than one hospital in Wessex and have a perspective across the health system.
  • be largely coterminous with the Academic Health Science Network[*] who have expertise in implementing new technologies and sciences in the NHS.

[*]  Except for Salisbury which is covered by the South West Clinical Senate.

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