The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is a world leader in setting standards for high quality care and for promoting healthy living. NICE provides authoritative, evidence-based guidance across the spectrum of health and social care, which promotes better integration between health, public health and social care services, improving the quality of care people receive and helping to ensure value for money.

NICE works with independent Quality Standards Advisory Committees (QSAC) to develop quality standards for a range of settings and audiences related to health, public health and social care. Derived from evidence-based guidance, these standards are significant levers for improvement in quality and are central to supporting the Government's vision for a health and social care system focussed on delivering the best possible outcomes for people who use services. The standards will also be used to develop indicators for potential inclusion within the Clinical Commissioning Groups Outcome Indicator Set and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for general practice.

Standing QSAC members can come from the health, public health and social care sectors, and include those working within the sectors as well as patients/service users and carers. They do not represent their organisations and are selected for their expertise, experience and understanding of evidence based care.

A number of topic experts will also be invited to join the standing members, as specialist committee members for each quality standard topic. All members of QSAC have equal status, which reflects the relevance and importance of their different expertise and experience. All group members need to attend regular meetings and undertake background reading.

Skills and experience

We are looking to appoint a number of standing members with a variety of backgrounds/expertise.

  • Commissioners of health, public health and social care services. For example those from clinical commissioning groups or local authorities and those with experience of service redesign to improve quality and outcomes for people with care and support needs.
  • Social care practitioners. For example those from local authorities, the voluntary sector, private sector or those working in statutory adult or children’s services. Current social care members of the committees include social care consultants, charity chief executives, social workers and academics.
  • Experts in measurement. For example those with experience of using national data to inform service development and quality improvement, developing benchmarking tools to evidence variation in quality, the measurement of outcomes or the development of datasets.
  • Primary care practitioners. For example GPs, practice nurses.
  • Secondary care health providers. For example secondary care consultants, senior nurses, allied health professionals, clinical directors.

Applicants will also have experience of working with multi-professional committees or working groups at a national, regional or local level. Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written skills are required. Applicants will have a good understanding of the breadth of the health and social care systems, including mechanisms required to support continuous quality improvement.

Future quality standards will be developed across a range of health, public health and social care topics. Please note that standing members will be required to work across a range of quality standard topics.

Time commitment and conditions

Attendance at one QSAC meeting per month (either full or half day). Preparation work for QSAC meetings will also be required for each quality standard topic.

Meetings are held in Manchester or occasionally central London.

How to apply

Recruitment pack


Applications should be returned electronically to Jenny Mills by e-mail or by post to:

Level 1a, City Tower,
Piccadilly Plaza,
M1 4BT

Closing date for applications: 5 August 2014

Please note that submitting an application does not automatically guarantee a place on the QSAC.

The following should be submitted:

  • A short CV including contact details (1 side of A4 maximum)
  • A short statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification, of no more than one A4 page.
  • Equality monitoring form
  • Declaration of Interests form
  • Names and contact details for two referees

To discuss the role further, please contact Jenny Mills


Interview date and location

Interviews will then take place between 22nd September and 3rd October 2014 by teleconference. Applicants are asked to hold time in their diaries during this period. All applicants will be contacted by 9th September at the latest with notification of the shortlisting decision.

More information

More information concerning NICE Quality Standards is available

NICE and its partners aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy. If you feel that you have any complaints about the way your application has been handled, we would like to hear from you. Please write to:

Alana Christopher,
Associate Director
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
1st Floor
10 Spring Gardens

Equality and Diversity

NICE is committed to the values of equality and diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.