Deadline fast approaching for NICE's Fellows and Scholars programme
Would you like to get more involved with the inner workings of NICE and help shape our guidance?
Health and social care professionals have just one week left to submit applications for the NICE Fellowship and Scholarship programmes. The final date for entries is 5pm on Friday 9 November.
The positions give you the chance to network with likeminded advocates of evidence-based practice, and promote NICE guidance and other products to peers and colleagues.
NICE Fellowships are three-year roles awarded to senior decision-makers across the NHS and social care, such as trust directors, clinical service directors, social care leaders and senior academics.
Examples of activities Fellows participate in include developing support tools for specific pieces of guidance, and contributing to high-level discussions about quality and leadership.
Hear Dr Nigel Beasley talking about his experience of being a NICE Fellow.
NICE Scholarships are more project-oriented, and are one-year roles open to qualified health and social care professionals such as registrars, managers and senior allied health professionals.
NICE runs workshops to support Scholars with their projects, and provides Scholars with access to a senior mentor as well as expert teams at NICE.
Dr Riaz Agha, Junior Specialist Registrar in Plastic Surgery at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and a former Scholar at NICE, said: "Being a NICE Scholar has given me a more panoramic understanding of healthcare and enhanced my development as a more reflective surgeon.
"Through the course of the scholarship I learned about evidence-based medicine and health economics but also learned about NICE, its role, its work in developing guidance, best practice, technology appraisals and of course its people.
He added: "I enjoyed meeting like-minded people from a range of fields and formed many lasting connections."
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."
She added: "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."
A total of ten Fellowships and ten Scholarships will be awarded by NICE on 1 April 2013.
2 November 2012