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Invitation to apply for a member of the Challenging Behaviour in People with Learning Disabilities guideline development group within the National Collaborating Centre of Mental Health

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) is recruiting members for the Guideline Development Group (GDG) to develop the NICE clinical guideline on the management of challenging behaviour in people with learning disabilities. The NCCMH, which includes senior academics and clinicians, systematic reviewers, project managers, health economists and research assistants, is funded by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce evidence-based clinical guidelines for the NHS. The NCCMH is a joint partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society.

Members of Guideline Development Groups are drawn from the NHS, healthcare professionals, service users, carers and academia. They do not represent their organisations but are selected for their expertise, experience of working with multidisciplinary and lay colleagues and understanding of evidence based healthcare.

All members of Guideline Development Groups 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 recruit health, educational and social care professionals with an interest in evidence-based practice and who work with a range of adults, children and young people with Learning Disabilities whose behaviour can be challenging, who may include:

  • Pharmacist
  • Neurologist
  • GP
  • Residential service worker
  • Social Care Professionals
  • Psychologists (adults and CYP)
  • Psychiatrists (adults and forensic services )
  • Nurse
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Educationalist
  • Occupational health therapist

In addition to the above specified roles it is intended that GDG members will have knowledge and skills in a broad range of areas including for example: areas: staff training, employment support, and applied behavioral analysis.

Applicants will have experience of working with multi-professional committees or working groups at a national or regional level. Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written skills are required, along with an ability to communicate complex issues to differing audiences. Applicants will have an understanding of guideline development processes, systematic reviews, critical appraisal methods and the role of health economics. Once appointed, the Guideline Development Group members will work closely with the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health technical team responsible for reviewing and presenting the evidence to the Guideline Development Group.

Time commitment and conditions

The development phase is scheduled to begin in July 2013 (first GDG meeting will take place on 25 July) and will continue for approximately 18 months - 2 years. During this period the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health will host approximately 12-14 Guideline Development Group meetings which will be held approximately every 6 weeks. The meetings will be a mixture of mainly one and occasionally two-day events held in London.

Closing date for applications, 5pm Tuesday 4 June 2013.

How to apply

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

For an informal discussion with the NCCMH Director, Professor Steve Pilling, about this guideline, please contact Katherine Leggett at kleggett@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk or call 020 7977 6673.

Decisions about who to recruit to the Management of Challenging Behaviour in People with Learning Disabilities Guideline Development Group will rest with the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. Please note that submitting an application does not automatically guarantee a place on the Group.

The following forms should be completed and returned:

  • A short CV
  • A short statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification - no more than one page
  • Equalities monitoring form
  • Declaration of Interests form

If you would like to receive hard copies of any forms, please email Katherine Leggett at: kleggett@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

You will need to return the forms (either in hard copy or in electronic format) by 5pm on Tuesday 4 June 2013:

Katherine Leggett at kleggett@cru.rcpsych.ac.uk

Or at

National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health
4th Floor, Standon House
21 Mansell Street
London E1 8AA

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

This page was last updated: 07 May 2013

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