Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health

FAQs about the Statewide Clinical Network Lead

Frequently asked questions about the steering committees of our Statewide Clinical Networks

Statewide Clinical Networks (SCN)

Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­works are groups of health pro­fes­sion­als, health ser­vice organ­i­sa­tions, con­sumers and car­ers who work col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly to achieve high qual­i­ty care in a par­tic­u­lar clin­i­cal area.

Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Steer­ing Committees

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tees pro­vide over­sight of the devel­op­ment, imple­men­ta­tion and eval­u­a­tion of the net­works’ activities.

Steer­ing Com­mit­tee mem­bers have a pas­sion for the clin­i­cal spe­cial­ty, can think strate­gi­cal­ly, are excel­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tors and have the abil­i­ty to influ­ence change in ser­vice delivery.

The Steer­ing Com­mit­tees are con­struct­ed to reflect a bal­ance of expe­ri­ence across met­ro­pol­i­tan and coun­try as well as from with­in and out of hos­pi­tal sec­tors. The Steer­ing Com­mit­tee are led by a Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Lead.

What is the Statewide Clinical Network Lead position comprised of?

The SCN Lead may be any health pro­fes­sion­al, includ­ing Allied and Sci­en­tif­ic Health, Nurs­ing, Mid­wifery and Med­ical fields. They can be either from the pub­lic or pri­vate health prac­tice domains, or both.

How is the SCN Lead's time used?

The SCN Lead will work close­ly with the clin­i­cal net­work steer­ing com­mit­tee, project staff and CEIH Exec­u­tive to plan, devel­op and imple­ment work to achieve the network’s improve­ment goals.

All SCN Leads will meet as a col­lec­tive group (Statewide Clin­i­cal Net­work Exec­u­tive Group) to dis­cuss work in their respec­tive Net­works, con­sid­er sys­tem wide issues and per­for­mance trends and agree pri­or­i­ties across the whole sys­tem for clin­i­cal ser­vice improvement. 

How many hours a week does the SCN Lead work? Are the hours on a set day each week, or is this flexible?

Each SCN Lead is appoint­ed on a the­o­ret­i­cal 0.2 full-time equiv­a­lent (FTE) basis. The SCN Lead must demon­strate how they will have ded­i­cat­ed free time for the role. The day and hours are flex­i­ble and will be nego­ti­at­ed once an offer of appoint­ment has been made. 

Appli­cants should note that some­times the SCN Lead will be required to attend meet­ings or events out­side the agreed work­ing hours. 

Does the SCN Lead chair the Statewide Clinical Network Steering Committee?

Yes, how­ev­er the SCN Lead can del­e­gate chair­ing duties to anoth­er mem­ber of the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee temporarily.

Can I apply if I live and work in a regional or rural area?

Yes, region­al and rur­al clin­i­cians can apply.

Is the SCN Lead paid?

SA Health Employ­ees: As with a num­ber of Clin­i­cal Net­works inter­state, SCN Leads will usu­al­ly not be paid in addi­tion to their cur­rent employ­ment if they work for SA Health. SA Health Clin­i­cians may use non-clin­i­cal time for the work, which may already occur for some clin­i­cians in teach­ing or research roles, for exam­ple. In some sit­u­a­tions the SCN Lead’s exist­ing posi­tion may be back-filled to a max­i­mum of 0.2 FTE.

Non SA Health Clin­i­cians and Con­sumers / Car­ers: Remu­ner­a­tion will be nego­ti­at­ed with the CEIH Exec­u­tive if they are a non SA Health clin­i­cian or a con­sumer, car­er or advocate. 

What is the SCN Lead’s period of tenure?

SCN Leads are ini­tial­ly appoint­ed for a peri­od of two years with the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a fur­ther exten­sion of up to 2 years.