Become a Fellow or Scholar at NICE
Applications are now open for NICE Fellowships and Scholarships, as the programmes enter their fourth year.
The positions, starting in April 2013, are unique opportunities to learn about and get involved in the inner workings of NICE, network with likeminded advocates of evidence-based practice, and promote NICE's guidance and other products to peers and colleagues.
As well as helping NICE shape its guidance, being appointed a fellow or scholar can support an individual's professional development.
NICE awards its ten three-year fellowships to senior decision-makers across the NHS and social care, such as trust, social care, clinical and service directors, and consultants.
NICE is particularly keen to hear from directors of social services, managers and senior lecturers to apply for its fellowships, ahead of the publication of the first NICE quality standards for social care next April.
The ten scholarships are more project-based and run for twelve months - qualified health or social care professionals, such as registrars, managers and senior allied health professionals can apply for them.
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE said: "Becoming a NICE fellow or scholar can offer invaluable opportunities for exceptional individuals to better understand how NICE works and the services we provide.
"As the health and social care sectors develop new ways of working, a connection with NICE and the advice of an established network of experts across evidence-based practice could be an exciting prospect for both individuals and their employers.
"These positions will also contribute to an individual's professional development. This can be through one-to-one support from a dedicated mentor on a scholarship project, or by being able to impart professional expertise to shape our guidance initiatives or participating in high-level discussions through our fellowships.
"We welcome applications across all NHS and social care professions."
Colin Angel, NICE social care fellow and campaigns director of the United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd, said: "Being a NICE Fellow has provided the opportunity to be involved in a ground-breaking organisation, right from the start of an exciting new area of activity for NICE.
"As NICE Fellows, we are called upon to use our diverse knowledge and perspectives, such as in helping to shape the early Quality Standards for social care, in addition to exploring how NICE's existing systems can evolve to respond to the needs of providers and commissioners of social care services.
"It has been fascinating to work with professionals and academics outside my usual area of interest and to see the wider picture of the integration of social care and health.
"NICE has been extremely proactive in seeking our input and has worked flexibly so that there is minimal disruption to our main jobs, while providing lots of opportunities to get involved."
Dr Jenny Gordon, NICE Fellow and Programme Manager for Evidence into Practice at the Royal College of Nursing, added: "One of the concerns that can deter nurses and other health workers from applying for development opportunities such as NICE's Fellowships and Scholarships surround the potential time commitment but I have found that my activities have supported my day job, not hindered it.
"One of the best things about being a NICE Fellow is the mentorship that is in place; this means that the programme can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual and certainly, I value its flexibility.
"I feel that I have been able to influence the role of nursing and nurses within NICE. I have also presented at the NICE Annual Conference for the last two years and encouraged others to submit their work to NICE's Shared Learning database."
Interested health and social care professionals can apply online and have until 5pm on Friday 9 November 2012 to submit their application.
18 September 2012