The Clinical Forum is a hive of multidisciplinary expertise across all organisations, places, community and primary care. The forum has representation from and access to specialist knowledge from a wide range of services and disciplines.
Currently, the Clinical Forum is a consultative body providing a centralised location for the system to request independent clinical advice. With an open agenda, members or other system groups can add items for discussion at any point.
A number of Expert Advisory Groups (EAGs) support the wider system on issues regarding the development and delivery of population-specific services. The Clinical Forum acts as a sounding board for the EAGs, providing additional clinical scrutiny and approving final recommendation papers. Outside of this, the Clinical Forum is not an authoritative body.
However, as the ICS transitions, the Clinical Forum will need to transition alongside this to meet the new challenges, adapt to the new ways of working, and strengthen collaboration to work fully as an ICS.
The Clinical Forum will transition into Place-based Clinical Forums to suit the new ways of working whilst continuing to meet as a ‘system’ Clinical Forum on a quarterly basis.