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Shape the future of specialist commissioning by joining NHS England Specialist Services Clinical Reference Group


Shape the future of specialist commissioning by joining NHS England Specialist Services Clinical Reference Group

NHS England is looking for healthcare scientists to be part of the Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) that are informing the future organisation and commissioning of Specialist Services in the NHS.

The work of healthcare scientists is fundamental to the vast majority of care pathways in the NHS, with a particularly strong contribution to specialist services.

NHS England is now looking for clinicians and other stakeholders to come forward to take part in the 74 CRGs informing the development of specialist services.

CRGs bring together groups of clinicians, commissioners, Public Health experts, patients and carers.  They use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.  CRGs will provide advice on the development of service specifications, commissioning policies, identifying innovation and improving quality.


Register as a formal member of a CRG

NHS England has is now seeking individuals to register their interest in joining the membership of CRG . This also includes patients, carers, service users, members of the public, clinical staff, provider organisations working in specialised services and voluntary sector partners.

Some CRGs have already filled  their members from specific areas and groups - so you will need to click through to the detail of each CRG to see their current membership requirements.

Register as a stakeholder to keep in touch and contribute to CRGs

An alternative to becoming a direct member of a CRG is to register as a formal stakeholder of a particular CRGRegistering as a stakeholder will both keep you informed about the work of the CRG and provide opportunities to provide input in a range of ways that do not require the same involvement as formal membership.

s part of the application process you will be asked to select the CRG that you wish to become involved in across a wide range of conditions that are listed on the online form and to choose your level of engagement.  This may range from being kept up to date about developments to being more active, such as attending focus groups and responding to surveys, to reading and commenting on draft documents prior to their publication or being notified of any future formal consultation process.

Information about the range of CRGs, their role and an online registration process is available at http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/08/19/reg-crg/

An alternative method of registration is available for people who have difficulty registering online by first contacting the membership team at england.specialisedcommissioning@nhs.net