Welcome to the bulletin designed to provide you with news from the Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Senate. The Senate provides free and full independent clinical advice on service change proposals. These are quarterly bulletins and previous issues can be found on our website.I hope you have all had opportunity to read our Annual Report. 2015/16 was a really busy year where we worked with commissioners on a range of interesting and challenging service change proposals across community and hospital services. Please follow the link to read more about these topics.
We are pleased that commissioners we have worked with have valued our involvement. Commissioner testimonials state that
“We have found the Senate’s input to be invaluable in a number of ways – it gives us a clear, senior clinical appreciation of our options without fear of partisan bias and assures us that our plans are safe, clinically appropriate and sustainable. We feel confident to take our proposals to the public following this assurance”
“Having, in the Clinical Senate, an independent and authoritative source of reference has been important in terms of sense-checking, thinking and challenging assumptions. Additionally, we believe that the involvement of the Senate provided additional and important assurance to others, such as the Joint Scrutiny panel, other stakeholders, and NHS England in its role as regulator of the CCG’s in relation to our readiness for consultation”
Please contact us if you would like us to work with you on your proposals.
New Appointments to Council and Assembly
- Professor John Baker, Professor of Mental Health Nursing, University of Leeds
- Dr Nicola Jay, Consultant Paediatrician Allergy & Asthma, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
- Dr Pnt Laloë, Consultant Anaesthetist, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Asem Ali, Consultant Geriatric Physician, North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust
We will also shortly be advertising for new members to join our Assembly. With the pace and scale of change to be delivered through the STPs it is even more important to ensure we have access to a broad range of clinical experts to assist in our work.
Newly Completed Reports
Urgent Care Case for Change for East Riding of Yorkshire CCG
We have completed our report to East Riding of Yorkshire CCG on their Case for Change for Urgent care. We hope to be able to publish this on our website shortly.
Working Together – Non Specialised Children’s Surgery
The Senate has completed our informal feedback on the potential options and impact for redesigning children’s surgical services across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire. This has been welcomed by commissioners. Due to this being informal advice it will not be published on our website.
Working Together – Hyper Acute Stroke Services
We have completed our advice to commissioners on the options they are considering for the long term provision of Hyper Acute Stroke Services within South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire prior to their public consultation. This letter is now available on our website
Pancreatic Cancer – Specialised Commissioners
We have drafted our report to commissioners considering the clinical appropriateness of the current clinical model and the risks, issues and opportunities of any changes to this model. This draft is currently with commissioners for comment.
Working Together Programme – Care of the Acutely Unwell Child
We were asked by commissioners to consider their Case for Change and the Scenario Appraisal for the Care of the Acutely Unwell Child, specifically if the Case for Change provided a comprehensive review of the service issues and to identify any clinical concerns relating to the scenarios. This draft is currently with commissioners for comment.
Members of the Senate Council have recently completed a very informative visit to the hospitals in the Better Health Programme in Durham, Darlington and Tees to meet with clinicians to improve our understanding of the issues and the proposals across community and hospital services. We now have until the end of November to write our report on this complex and wide reaching programme of service change.
Our work with specialized commissioners on reconfiguration of vascular services across Yorkshire and the Humber will commence shortly and is scheduled to conclude at the end of November.