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Invitation to apply for the position of Chair to the 'Care of people with dementia' social care quality standards Topic Expert Group

The Health and Social Care Bill currently being debated by Parliament, sets out a new responsibility for NICE to develop quality standards for social care. As part of our preparation for taking on this new role, the Department of Health has asked NICE to develop two pilot quality standards for social care. These two pilots are being developed in collaboration with our strategic partner, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

The Centre for Clinical Practice (CCP) is responsible for working with Topic Expert Groups (TEGs) to develop quality standards for a range of settings and audiences related to care pathways or service areas. Derived from the best available guidance, these standards are significant levers for improvement in quality and value. As part of our pilot programme of social care quality standards, we are currently seeking to recruit a chair for the Care of people with dementia Topic Expert Group (TEG).

Chairs and members of the social care standards Topic Expert Groups will be drawn from people working in social care, service users, and the groups that support them, and from academia. They do not represent their organisations but are selected for their expertise and judgment.

All members of Topic Expert Groups have equal status, which reflects the relevance and importance of their different expertise and experience. They include social care and health professionals as well as service user, patient and carer members. All Group members need to attend regular meetings and undertake background reading.

Skills and experience

We are looking for an expert with a specialist or particular interest in the social care aspects of supporting people with dementia and their carers. We are looking for someone who has extensive experience of the issues for the care of people with dementia. They should be a skilled leader and have experience of multi-professional collaboration, working across social care, health, local authorities, academia and the private and voluntary sectors.

Applicants will have experience of chairing multi-professional committees or working groups at a national or regional level and will need to work in collaboration with the TEG and NICE team over a period of 18 months. Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written skills are required, along with an ability to communicate complex issues to differing audiences. Applicants will ideally have experience of guidance development processes, with an understanding of systematic reviews, critical appraisal methods and social care research. Once appointed, the TEG chair will work closely with the NICE Quality Standards team responsible for reviewing and presenting the evidence to the TEG.

Time commitment and conditions

TEG members are expected to attend 3 or 4 two-day committee meetings over the course of the 15 month development period. TEG chairs will be required to undertake some additional work and to attend several teleconferences, as well as a briefing workshop with interested stakeholder organisations.

Meetings are held in Manchester or central London. The provisional meeting dates are as follows:

  • Stakeholder briefing workshop: 31 October 2011 (1 day)
  • TEG 1: w/c 16 January 2012 (2 days)
  • TEG 2: w/c 8 May 2012 (2 days)
  • TEG 3: w/c 19 November 2012 (2 days)

Closing date for applications is 9 September 2011, at 5pm. Interviews will then take place during the week commencing 26 September 2011.

How to apply

For further information about what the role involves please use the links below:

If you have any questions about your application, please contact Nick Staples (nick.staples@nice.org.uk or 0207 045 2076).

Please note that submitting an application does not automatically guarantee a place on the Topic Expert Group.

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. Please indicate on this statement whether you would like to be considered as a Topic Expert Group member, should your application for the post of Chair be unsuccessful.
  • Equality monitoring form
  • Declaration of Interests form
  • Names and contact details for two referees

If you would like to receive hard copies of any forms, please write to socialcaredementia@nice.org.uk

You will need to return the forms (either in hard copy or in electronic format) to:

Nick Staples, at socialcaredementia@nice.org.uk
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
MidCity Place
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NA

Interview date and location

Interviews will take place at our central London office during the week beginning 26th September 2011.

All successful applicants will be informed of the decision via telephone call or email and letter of confirmation. All unsuccessful applicants will be informed via email.

More information

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)
MidCity Place
71 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NA

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

This page was last updated: 19 August 2011

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