Greater Manchester Lancs & South Cumbria Senate

Clinical Reviews and Upcoming Programmes – Oct 2017

5th October 2017

It’s been a very busy few months of meetings, events, collaborations and activities here at the North West Senates. Here’s a quick overview of forthcoming clinical reviews and programmes of work.

Morecambe Bay review

On 10th and 11th October members of our Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Clinical Senate and other expert colleagues from across the country will conduct an independent review at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). The purpose of the review is to examine the response by UHMBT to the RCOG option 1 for maternity services in the Morecambe Bay area.

We will be publishing the findings of the review in a report which will be available in the near future on our website, and upon request.

Greater Manchester External Clinical Assurance Process for the Hospital Programme

In July, our Senates Manager Caroline Baines and our GMLSC Senate Chair Professor Donal O’Donoghue met with colleagues from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to discuss how the Clinical Senates could support the Greater Manchester area in the implementation of their Hospital Strategy. Prof O'Donoghue and Caroline have since been working with colleagues within Greater Manchester and those in the Northern England Clinical Senate to develop a proposal to provide both ongoing clinical advice and formal external clinical assurance of service changes in the Greater Manchester (Theme 3) Hospital Programme.

These proposals are currently progressing well and we hope to see the first reviews take place over the winter.

Liverpool Women's Hospital review

Our colleagues in the Northern England Clinical Senate, supporting Liverpool CCG, have recently published an independent review which makes recommendations regarding the future direction for services provided by Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The panel comprised senior specialist doctors and midwives from outside of the North West of England, to ensure complete impartiality. 

The Northern England Clinical Senates published their independent clinical report on 26th September. The report has confirmed the need to change the way that services for women and newborn babies are delivered in Liverpool, and backed proposals for the future.

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