Clinical Leadership for Specialised Commissioning

Recruitment is open for:

  • Clinical Reference Group Chair Specialised Dermatology
  • Clinical Reference Group Chair Paediatric Medicine
  • Clinical Reference Group Chair Health and Justice
  • Clinical Reference Group Clinical Members (see below)
  • Commissioning through Evaluation Clinical Chair (Retinal Prosthesis)
  • Commissioning through Evaluation Clinical Chair (Nephropathy)

NHS England is responsible for the direct commissioning of specialised services. The role of the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) is to provide specialty-specific clinical advice and leadership for Commissioning. CRGs lead the development of clinical commissioning policy, service specifications and quality dashboards; advise on service reviews; conduct horizon scanning and make recommendations on innovation; identify and explore opportunities to reduce clinical variation in healthcare and deliver value; and provide specialty-specific clinical advice where required. CRGs provide an opportunity for clinical leaders from medicine, nursing and allied health professions working in specialised services to drive forward vital transformational change in the NHS, ensure that quality outcomes are achieved within the resources available and gain experience of working across organisational boundaries.

Applications are open for 3 CRG Chairs, for 15 Clinical Members and 2 Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) Chairs. Members within each CRG have the opportunity to lead on one of the following four areas: Research priorities via the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); Data, with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), pricing and tariff with NHS Improvement; liaison with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE); and Commissioning for Value. The appointments are offered for a period of up to three years, with an annual review of progress. The Chair posts are offered as 1 PA equivalent. The Clinical Members are not remunerated.

The Health and Justice Clinical Reference Group supports the service directly commissioned by NHS England. The chair will need to have knowledge and passion for the patient group in the criminal justice system. They will provide clinical leadership in driving forward the agenda and working in a partnership approach across the key stakeholders. They will be required to work with the other CRG members to develop and deliver through commissioning; the key interventions and ambitions that will change practice, increase quality, increase rehabilitation and reduce reoffending.

The role of Commissioning through Evaluation Clinical Chair (1 PA per month) is available for 2 new schemes; Second Sight Argus II Retinal Prosthesis and Rituximab as standard treatment for resistant idiopathic membranous nephropathy. CTE Clinical Chairs will typically oversee the establishment and delivery of a range of CtE schemes focussed on specialised care within a single specialty or sub-specialty, in partnership with clinical colleagues, patient and carer representatives, industry, research partners and other stakeholders.

CRG member vacancies:

  • Specialised Colorectal Services (South)
  • Specialised Mental Health (North)
  • Spinal Services (North) )
  • Haemoglobinopathies (Midlands & East, South)
  • Specialised Blood Disorders (South)
  • Specialised Immunology and Allergy (London)
  • Specialised Dermatology (All regions)

Please contact us for further information. CRG:
Health and Justice CRG:
CTE chair (Retinal Prosthesis):
CTE chair (Nephropathy):

Closing date: 17th March 2017