Applications are now open for clinical membership and chair positions across the range of the Specialised Commissioning Clinical Reference Groups. The roles are being advertised as part of the regular three-year review of the role, function and structure of CRGs and aim to give doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and other NHS staff with a clinical background the opportunity to influence and shape the delivery of specialised services on a national scale. As part of the review, a new register has also been launched, allowing clinical staff to register their interest in taking part in future working groups.  

CRGs are the key source of clinical leadership and advice for specialised services, which are directly funded and commissioned by NHS England and support people with a range of rare and complex conditions. They connect policy work and clinical community work, leading on the development of clinical commissioning policies and service specifications and providing advice on innovation to deliver improvements for patients and reduce variation. They bring together clinicians, patients and public, as well as affiliated representatives from key organisations to help ensure changes involve and are supported by all stakeholders.  
 
The posts that are open for applications are:
•  CRG Chairs
•  CRG Members 
•  Clinical Policy Leads 
•  Clinical Policy Fellows
 
The CRGs recruiting are:
Specialised Respiratory                                              Adult Critical Care
Specialised ENT & Ophthalmology                            Genomics
Specialised Surgery in Childhood                              Paediatric Medicine
Paediatric Neurosciences                                           Congenital Heart Services
Metabolic Disorders                                                    Paediatric Intensive Care
Neonatal Critical Care                                                Specialised Women’s Services
Gender Identity Services (adults and children)          Blood & Bone Marrow Transplantation
Specialised Blood Disorders                                      HIV
Infectious Diseases                                                     Haemoglobinopathies
Immunology and Allergy                                             Specialised Pain
Hepatobiliary and Pancreas                                       Specialised Endocrinology
Specialised Vascular                                                  Cardiac Services
Renal Services                                                            Specialised Colorectal Services
Specialised Dermatology                                            Specialised Rheumatology
Radiotherapy                                                               Chemotherapy
Specialised Cancer Surgery                                       Children and Young People Cancer 
Specialised Mental Health                                          Adult Secure
CAMHS (Tier 4)                                                          Perinatal Mental Health
Rehabilitation & Disability                                           Major Trauma & Burns
Spinal Services                                                           Neurosciences
 
The roles will commence over the coming months in a staggered approach and continue for three years, with annual reviews. Closing dates are 22 March for CRG chairs and 10 April for other roles.  
 
For more information on the roles and how to apply please click here. To receive an information pack and application details for the roles and the register, please send an email to england.specialisedcommissioning@nhs.net. A role discussion can be arranged on request with James Palmer, Medical Director, Specialised Services, NHS England. 

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