NHS England re-launches recruitment for Armed Forces Clinical Reference Group

NHS England has today launched recruitment to the latest addition to its Clinical Reference Group (CRG) structure.

The Armed Forces CRG will provide clinical advice to NHS England in support of its commissioning decisions regarding serving armed forces personnel, their families, mobilised reservists and veterans. In particular, this CRG will review and support the integration of care pathways between Ministry of Defence and NHS medical services, ensuring that patients experience a seamless transition between services.

NHS England has already established 74 specialised services CRGs. Each of the CRGs is made up of clinicians and commissioners, as well as patient and carer members. The Armed Forces CRG is recruiting to a number of posts, but is especially keen to receive applications from those who are able to demonstrate experience within the armed forces community e.g. ex-serving personnel from the regular or reserve forces, and from those who have treated service families.

Professor Keith Willett, NHS England’s National Director for Acute Episodes of Care, said:

“NHS England is determined that all of its decisions should be clinically led and meet the needs of patients. We have particularly identified the armed forces population as one where we need to provide consistent, high quality services. We are therefore looking to recruit individuals who have a high level of credibility with their peers, as well as a degree of empathy with this population”.

Applications for patient/carer representatives on the Armed Forces CRG will take place later in the summer. Please do not apply at this stage if you are a patient, carer or an otherwise interested stakeholder.

Please note that the Armed Forces CRG received some applications for membership during recruitment to the 74 specialised services CRGs earlier this year. Previous applicants will have their applications carried forward unless they request otherwise. No positions have been appointed to as yet.