Recommendation 288

Clinical involvement in policy decisions

The Department of Health should ensure that there is senior clinical involvement in all policy decisions which may impact on patient safety and well-being.

The Department of Health has put in place arrangements to ensure that it has access to clinical advice on the full range of issues it deals with. The mechanisms employed include direct employment of clinical advisers where appropriate, and access to advice from senior clinicians elsewhere in the system.  In addition to these formal mechanisms, the department’s programme of connecting to front-line practitioners and organisations will, we believe, provide the basis for long-term informal networks of advice that officials will be able to draw upon when developing policy.

No further update is required. Please see response to the recommendation above