Team Lead Extended Services Hambleton and Richmondshire Area
North York and Yorkshire PCT
Nicholas Harland is a physiotherapist and currently works as Team Lead for Extended Musculoskeletal Services for an area of North Yorkshire and York PCT. He is also clinical lead for spinal services across all areas of the PCT, geographically the largest in the country. These roles take up half of his time and involve both management duties and spinal assessment clinic work. The other half of his time is funded by the National Institute for Health Research as a ‘Clinical Lecturer' to undertake a three year RCT research project and complete a career development program. His NICE Fellowship is part of that career development portfolio. Further, he is Editor of the Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a national bi-annual non-peer review journal, and acts as an article reviewer for Elsevier on Physiotherapy, an international peer review journal.
As a Fellow, Nicholas will act as an intermediary between NICE and the clinical and indeed commissioning communities. He hopes to help reduce the barriers that can exist between NICE and grassroots clinicians by acting as a conduit between NICE and various clinical groups. Without wishing to be a single issue constituent, as a back pain specialist linked to NICE, he can facilitate the understanding and implementation of the recent NICE Persistent Back Pain Guidelines. He also has a particular interest in the Depression Guidelines as these are also highly pertinent to those treating chronic pain of any sort. He hopes to work across his Strategic Health Authority and beyond to engage clinicians and services in taking full advantage of NICE work to improve quality of care and clinical effectiveness.
This page was last updated: 25 March 2010