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"A camel is a horse designed by a committee” is an expression whose original meaning has changed over time. It was first quoted in 1952 in Ohio to refer to the need to design transport services suited to the local environment - because a camel is perfectly suited to a sandy desert and a horse to grassy plains. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward

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These pictures of horses (and one camel) represent some of the local geography of Wessex. Wessex has large cities, suburbs, seaside towns, country towns, rural areas and one Island. Wessex has wealthy and poor residents. Wessex has high users of health services and people who don’t use any health services. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward

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“A camel is a horse designed by a committee” was later used by the car designer of the Mini to say that he would have never come up with the idea for that car if he had to work with a committee. The mini was the first small/fuel efficient/cheap to manufacture car on the market and became a best seller. At the Clinical Senate we collaborate to resolve a problem or issue within a specified time limit so we are not a committee. We need to be creative in our approach and to challenge the status quo. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward

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The camel and the horse motto is particularly relevant to the Clinical Senates because our role is to interpret national guidance in the local context taking into account geography, demography and health services that already exist. We work with strategic clinical networks to assist commissioners in the redesign of health services that are suited to the local environment. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward

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The Senate Chair said at the first Council meeting that it was our role to “turn the camel into a horse” and by this he meant that the Wessex Clinical Senate had to implement the national vision of NHS England to suit our local needs. We thought that it was important to gain the acceptance of the health community in Wessex quickly so we focused on getting the Senate Council up and running before the Assembly. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward

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We need your help. We have now launched the Clinical Senate Assembly and would welcome new Clinical Senate Assembly members. Find out more under the clinical assembly tab. Please feel free to send us pictures of horses (and camels!) from other parts of Wessex to represent you area along with your contact details. We are using the horses and a camel motif to launch the Clinical Senate Assembly. To find out why – keep watching/click forward