That specialist clinicians actively contribute to decision-making around the planning, design and delivery of quality health services through all levels of the health system in NSW in response to COVID-19.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council is a multidisciplinary group that represents clinical specialties linked to the pandemic response and provides independent and impartial strategic advice on system-wide issues that affect preparedness and response to community and patient care in the COVID-19 environment.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council functions under the authority of the Secretary, NSW Health, and is chaired by the Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Ministry of Health.
Clinical advice provided by the Council will be provided to the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) and Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) and other operational arms of NSW Health designed to plan, prepare and execute measures related to the pandemic.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council provides a peak governance body for clinician engagement to provide expert advice and guidance to the system and to escalate matters that require a statewide or system response.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council connects clinicians from across the health system to:
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council will deliver its role by:
Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, Ministry of Health.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council is comprised of the Chair and the clinical leads from each COVID-19 Communities of Practice together with senior Public Health clinicians nominated by the Chief Health Officer, the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission and Clinical Lead for the dedicated Critical Intelligence Unit.
All clinical members of the NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council are to be experienced health professionals who are held in high regard by colleagues, have influence within their organisation and perform regular clinical duties.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council will meet as required via Skype or teleconference facilities.
Other guests, including additional representatives from the LHDs, Networks, Ministry of Health or Pillar Agencies will be invited to attend meetings at the discretion of the Chair. Attendance is limited to that particular meeting and any subsequent working group activity on that specific topic.
The NSW COVID-19 Clinical Council will report to the Secretary, NSW Health.
Clinical advice will be provided to the State Health Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC) and Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) to help shape and steer the NSW response to COVID-19 as outlined above.