Acute Clinical Reference Group

Influence how we engage with government, and national policymakers.

Patient safety, risk and clinical outcomes are important factors that need to be included in policy making decisions. This group enables members with clinical expertise to help influence how we engage with government, and national policymakers. It is also a safe space for clinical leaders to learn from each other.

With the pressures and challenges on NHS services, it is vital we understand the impact on patient outcomes, care and experiences through the lens of those providing care. 

As well us enabling us to influence effectively on behalf of our members, this group is a forum to share good practice, successes and learning.

  • Influence operational, clinical and patient policy:

    • Join our monthly Acute Clinical Reference Group virtual meeting with civil servants from the Number 10 Delivery Unit, supporting them as they prepare briefings for the Prime Minister on health policy. Different healthcare topics are discussed every month 

    Share clinical insights:

    • Support and contribute to regular thought leadership blogs and member products, to help drive improvement across our entire membership. 
    • Help to amplify clinical voices through NHS Confederation and beyond 
    • Help promote good practice and recommendations in line with relevant national health policies 


    • Be part of specific improvement work areas 
    • Influence, design and steer outcomes in improvement work 
    • Share experiences, research and feedback on improvement recommendations 

    Attendance and contribution is optional and you can choose what you want to be involved in. Notice of the different monthly topics are shared in advance 

  • Anyone working in a clinical role in the NHS is welcome to join the group – you don’t need to be working directly in acute, a diverse range from other health sectors is welcome

  • If you would like to join the Acute Clinical Reference Group, please email your NAME, JOB TITLE and ORGANISATION to:

    People from all levels and clinical backgrounds are welcome to join from all NHS healthcare sectors