NHS England’s current model of Clinical Reference Groups (CRG) was established following an extensive public engagement process which was completed during April 2016.
Since April 2016, the Cancer National Programme of Care has been supported by five CRGs (Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, Specialised Cancer Surgery, Specialised Cancer Diagnostics and Children’s and Young People’s Cancer Services). The role of each CRG is to provide the primary source of clinical advice and leadership to NHS England on those services that are nationally commissioned. Each CRG comprises clinicians, patient and public voice representatives, professional association representation, public health experts and a commissioner and will usually meet between two and four times per year.
Transparency of decision making is important to NHS England. As a result, both stakeholder testing and public consultation are conducted regularly, in accordance with NHS England’s published Service Development Policy and Methods, in relation to the development of new clinical commissioning policy and service specifications.