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Details of plans for Clinical Senates, Specialised Commissioning and NHSCB Local Area Teams

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Details of plans for Clinical Senates, Specialised Commissioning and NHSCB Local Area Teams

The NHSCBA has issued details of the plans for Clinical Senates and their Local Area teams (including Specialised Commissioning), with some interesting changes to geographical links.

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has issued details of its plans for the 12 Clinical Senates, its 27 Local Area Teams (LATs) and the 10 LATs responsible for specialised commissioning.

For Clinical Senates, the plans mainly give details of the geography - with more details of operation promised for the coming weeks.

Most clinical senates cover the same areas as previous SHAs. However there are the following key changes:

  • The North West is split between Merseyside and Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire
  • Cumbria moves to the North East clinical senate
  • The South Central area is split between the Thames Valley (North) and Wessex (South)
  • Dorset moves into the Wessex area from the South West
 
Alongside the Clinical Senates information, the NHSCBA published details of the 27 Local Area Teams (LATs) that are part of the NHS Commissioning Board structure.
 
Again, responsibility for Cumbria moves to the North East with a team including Northumberland and Newcastle and Dorset joining Hampshire to form a Wessex team. 
 
Responsibility for specialist commissioning will fall to 10 of these 27 LATs. The 10 specialist commissioning areas will follow the current SHA areas except:
  • Dorset will be part of the Thames Valley & Wessex area 
  • Cumbria will be part of the North East area