It's NICE in Manchester
NICE's Manchester office is celebrating its first anniversary this month and now houses over 50 staff.
The new office was set up because the Institute's London base was literally 'bursting at the seams,' explains Mark Salmon, Associate Director of Corporate Services. We knew in 2005 that we didn't have room for the number of staff needed to deliver the organisation's business plan for 2006/07. We couldn't expand in London, as the Government's 'Lyons review' prohibits it. We looked at options in the North of England - and Manchester fitted the bill.'
The new office had to be easily accessible by air, national rail and motorway links. It also needed to be close to the 'northern university belt', in line with NICE's longer term strategy to forge closer links with universities and health technology centres across the north of England. Four major cities were in the running and Manchester narrowly pipped Birmingham to the post.
The management and staff in Manchester reflect a similar skill mix to the Institute's London office. They include technology, costing and public health analysts, implementation and commissioning specialists and enquiry handlers. They also include the Institute's new Topic Selection team, set up to manage the process for selecting topics for NICE work programmes, following the transfer of its administration from the Department of Health to NICE.
Read more on the new topic selection process.
Operating from two locations isn't something NICE has done before and the Institute doesn't underestimate the challenge. Our new, Manchester-based Head of Internal Communications, Moya Alcock, is ensuring our systems, including our information links, work as seamlessly as possible,' explains Salmon.
Apart from significant savings in accommodation and running costs, our northern base has given us access to a new pool of potential employees,' he adds. Our early experience of recruitment in the north has been very positive. We have been successful in securing high quality, enthusiastic staff and we expect this trend to continue.'
This page was last updated: 24 June 2010