The CCP's Clinical Reference Group will provide expert clinical advice on issues under consideration by the CCP. The Group's advice will be a key element in understanding how cooperation, patient choice and competition can be effective in improving services for NHS patients and delivering value for taxpayers.
The Group, supported by the CCP's clinical staff, will be the first port of call for the CCP in ensuring that it has access to the clinical expertise necessary in the development of its advice and recommendations. On each case, the CCP will involve one or more of the members of the Group to review papers and offer clinical insight.
Where the Group does not contain relevant expertise, the CCP will use the Group's members to assist in identifying appropriate additional expertise.
The Group will be chaired by CCP Panel Member, Professor Dame Janet Husband.