Clinical Leadership Appointments Specialised Commissioning (National)

NHS England
04 May 2018
25 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Clinical Policy Team | Clinical Panel Members
IFR Panel Members | Clinical Reference Group Clinical Members

National Clinical Policy Team

A new team is being formed to support Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) develop and publish national clinical policies. Clinical policy production is a core part of commissioning specialised services. It is essential in driving evidence based, effective care for patients within proactively planned services. This new team will be directly responsible to the Medical Director.

For each policy, the team will be responsible for: bringing together an expert clinical Policy Working Group; and supporting the clinical and non-clinical members of the group in their advisory role. Clinical policy production requires a set of skills including: the distillation of complicated information into technically clear and concise plain English; review medical literature and extract key information; utilise expert clinical advice and challenge as needed; reconcile conflicting evidence and opinion and apply judgement to uncertainty to arrive at a conclusion.

We are seeking full time or part time secondments, out of training programme experience, or fixed term appointments for one year to the following new roles:

Clinical Policy Fellow (2). Medical / clinical, biomedical or other ‘STEM’ graduates to work in the team Support and development will be provided.

Clinical Policy Lead (4). Medical / clinical, biomedical or other STEM graduates who have completed a Master’s Degree, PhD or equivalent with experience and skills in medical writing and scientific appraisal. One post will lead radiotherapy policy development, and another a central role in the ‘Frailty in Specialised Services’ programme. The two other posts will work in other priority areas.

Clinical Director National Clinical Policy Team. A consultant or senior academic with experience in health policy clinical research or education to lead the team, supported by a commissioner and the policy manager.

National Clinical Panel

The purpose of NHS England’s Specialised Services Clinical Panel is to evaluate proposals for potential commissioning policy development and recommend whether policy development should go ahead; review draft clinical commissioning policies and determine whether the proposed policy is consistent with the evidence presented; and provide other impartial clinical advice as required. The panel meets in London and requires a whole day commitment. Panel members are also required to read papers in advance of the meeting. 

Clinical Panel Members (4). We are seeking to appoint clinicians as part time remunerated secondments, to undertake 6 panel meetings per year. These roles are offered for 3 years with an annual review. Sessional reimbursement is offered as 4 PAs equivalent per panel (2 for preparation and 2 for panel attendance) with employment remaining with your host organisation.

Associate Clinical Director Mental Health. To support the National Clinical Director Mental Health in transforming mental health outcomes.  Remunerated at 2PAs per week, applications are invited from mental health clinicians with strategic experience and strong influencing skills.

National Individual Funding Request (IFR) Panel

NHS England operates a national Individual Funding Request (IFR) Policy for the services it commissions: specialised services; armed forces; Health & Justice; and secondary dental services. The national IFR panel meets approximately 3 times a month to consider IFR applications.  The IFR policy is based on fairness, equity and ethical decision making principles.  Panel members must complete mandatory IFR training.

IFR Panel Members.  We are recruiting 20 IFR panel members, from any clinical background and working in primary, community, secondary/tertiary or mental health care.  Applicants need to demonstrate experience in ethical, evidence based decision making and be committed to balancing the needs of individuals with the needs of all patients.  Skills in critical appraisal are also required.  Members will participate in approx. 4 IFR panels per year, each requiring a whole day commitment, and time to read papers in advance.  Reimbursement will be based on two days’ work per panel attended. 

National Clinical Reference Groups

Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) provide specialty-specific clinical advice and leadership to support NHS England’s responsibility for commissioning specialised services. CRGs lead the development of clinical commissioning policies, service specifications and quality dashboards; advise on service reviews; horizon scan, provide advice on new technologies; identify opportunities to reduce clinical variation and improve value; advise on communications; and provide other expert advice. CRGs drive forward vital transformational change in the NHS, ensure that quality outcomes are achieved within the resources available and work across organisational boundaries.

CRG Clinical Members (23). These non-remunerated appointments are for a period of up to three years, with annual review.  Applications are invited from clinicians with a medical nursing or allied health professional background working in one of the specialised services and region listed below

Hepatobiliary and Pancreas (London) | Radiotherapy (London, South) | Cardiac Services (Surgery) (Midlands & East) | Specialised Cancer Diagnostics (South) | Specialised Dermatology (Midlands & East) | Specialised Mental Health (North, South) | Specialised Rheumatology (North) | Adult Secure (London, North) | CAMHS (Midlands & East} | Spinal Services (North) | Perinatal Mental Health (Midlands & East) | Adult Critical Care (North) | Specialised Surgery in Childhood (Midlands & East) | Paediatric Medicine (Midlands & East) | Specialised Blood Disorders (South) | HIV (North) | Infectious Diseases (South) | Haemoglobinopathies (North) | Specialised Immunology & Allergy (London)

Please contact Pav Johal ( for further information and the online application link

Closing date: 25th May 2018

Role discussion with James Palmer, Medical Director Specialised Services, NHS England can be arranged

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