Northern England Clinical Senate

About Us

Our role

  • The Clinical Senate is a non-statutory body , the role of which is to provide independent clinical advice to Commissioners.
  • It has a more general, strategic remit than clinical networks.
  • Its role is to engage with statutory Commissioners to identify areas of potential improvement and help them consider the strategic impact of proposed changes, offering credibility to decisions while mediating with the local population and clinical networks to ensure best practice.
  • Working with lead Commissioners the Senate will agree terms of reference for a topic then begin the review with relevant expertise drawn together by the Council from the Assembly and other relevant bodies, for example, the clinical networks.
  • The Senate will provide clinical assurance as part of the NHS England’s assurance framework in a role previously provided by the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) but will not revisit NCAT decisions.

The Northern England Clinical Senate Annual Report highlights key achievements made during the year:

The Area We Cover


  • The North of England Clinical Senate covers a larger geographical area than many other organisations (like CCGs for example).  It has the same footprint as the North of England Strategic Clinical Networks, serving a population of over 3 million people in North Cumbria, the North East and some of North Yorkshire.

There are 11 other Clinical Senates across the country.  You can download a list of contacts below:

The Senate Council

  • Membership of the Senate is multi-professional and is based on clinical/professional experience, credibility and ability to work in a strategic way to properly advise on topics for review.
  • The Senate Council forms the core steering group and is supported by the Senate Assembly (the Assembly is brought together virtually depending on the topic).
  • There is a limit of between 35-40 members for the Senate Council as recommended in the national framework for Senates.  Membership must comprise; multi-professional clinicians, NHS commissioners and providers, patient and public groups, public health and social care specialists, educationalists and third sector representatives.
  • Appointment of members is carried out through a fair and transparent process and overseen by Area Team Medical Director with professional input as appropriate.

List of our members and their role or specialty within the Senate:

National Job descriptions for key roles within a Clinical Senate: