The new commissioning system is designed to give clinicians the best opportunities to plan and pay for the most appropriate and effective health services for their local populations. This local focus, supported by an NHS structure that has clinicians at every level, aims to improve the health outcomes
that matter most to patients. Clinical Senates will be established across the country from April 2013 to play a unique role in the commissioning system by providing strategic clinical advice and leadership across a broad geographical area to CCGs, HWBs and the NHS CB.
Clinical Senates will not be focused on a particular condition. Instead they will take a broader, strategic view on the totality of healthcare within a particular geographical area, for example providing a strategic overview of major service change. They will be non-statutory advisory bodies with no executive authority or legal obligations and therefore they will need to work collaboratively with commissioning organisations.