The clinical representatives, who work at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, are lending their expertise to the regional Senate, which is a non-statutory body.
Fiona McEvoy, Head of Nursing Quality has been appointed on to the Council following an interview process. Paul Rafferty, Head of Nursing (Out of Hospital) was successful in securing a position on the Assembly, providing support to the Council where needed.
Clinical Senates have been established within each region to be a source of independent, strategic advice and guidance to commissioners and other stakeholders to help them make the best healthcare decisions for the population they represent. They are made up of a core Clinical Senate Council and a wider Clinical Senate Assembly.
Members of the Senate are instrumental in ensuring that the best health decisions are made for the population and programmes are as effective as possible.
The Clinical Senate Council is a small multi-professional steering group. This group co-ordinates and manages the Senate’s business. It maintains a strategic overview across their region and is responsible for the formulation and provision of advice working with the broader Senate Assembly.
Fiona explains ‘being part of the Clinical Senate Council will provide further clinical leadership and an understanding of the integrated care systems and pathways. I am truly passionate about improving the health of the population, and supporting commissioners, working in partnership with other organisations to make the best healthcare decisions which is part of this commitment. I’m really looking forward to my next three years on the Council and seeing how I can lend my expertise.’
The Clinical Senate Assembly is a diverse multi-professional forum providing the Council with ready access to a pool of experts from a broad range of health and care professions. The Assembly also includes patient representatives and encompasses the birth to death spectrum of NHS Care.
Paul reflects on his success ‘as a nursing professional, I have a specific interest in community care and how we might explore new opportunities to visit our patients in their home setting, rather than in hospital every time. I hope I can support the Council by extending this knowledge to them, and I look forward to working together with the Assembly and the wider senate over the next three years.’
The latest appointments add to the plethora of clinicians working at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust who also sit on Councils and Committees to influence the health agenda at a national level and bring their learning benefits back to the region.