Clinical Networks are a non-statutory organisational model. Within this model commissioners remain accountable for the commissioning of services and the providers are accountable for the quality of service delivery.
The Clinical Networks are accountable however for achieving a programme of quality improvement focussing on national and local priorities, including the effective use of resources. The Associate Director is accountable to the Director of Commissioning Operations (DCO) Medical Director, who in turn is accountable to the DCO through to the NHS England (North) Regional Director. In practice it is expected that the Regional Director will ask the Regional Medical Director to lead on strategic clinical network issues, ensuring that accountability is nested firmly within core business arrangements.
The Regional Management Team of NHS England (North) will endorse the annual Clinical Networks workplans, giving delegated authority to the Clinical Networks for delivery against this plan.
Clinical Networks accountability will be assured through the following governance groups and reporting arrangements:
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