Final call for healthcare professionals to join NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme
Doctors, nurses, NHS managers and other healthcare professionals have until the end of November to apply for NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme, now in its second year.
Set up in April last year, the programme aims to foster a network of NHS health professionals committed to improving the quality of patient care within their local health and professional communities, as well as supporting the core values that underpin NICE's work.
NICE will be awarding ten Fellowships, each for a fixed term of 3 years, to senior health professionals who will be able to use their experience and reputation to act as ambassadors for the Institute.
Fellows will also have the opportunity to become involved in other activities, such as clinical audit, education and policy development.
Ten Scholarships will be awarded to specialist registrars and other qualified health professionals who will undertake a variety of projects in the twelve months that they are in post.
Professor Peter Littlejohns, Clinical and Public Health Director at NICE said:"This year we are again looking for professionals across the NHS in England who embody what NICE is all about - that is, ensuring that patients receive the highest possible quality of care from their NHS.
"Our Fellows and Scholars Programme is an opportunity to develop the expertise and aspirations of exceptional professionals who are committed to making real changes to how healthcare is delivered locally, using methods that are proven to be both clinically and cost effective.
“We welcome applications across all relevant NHS specialties and regions, in particular from disciplines that are not represented by our first intake.”
“We are particularly keen to hear from NHS managers and anyone interested in doing work related either to NICE's future role in the NHS as outlined by the Government, or to improving the quality and productivity of the NHS in more challenging financial circumstances, “ he added.
Dr Monica Lakhanpaul, a NICE Fellow and Consultant Paediatrician at Leicester City Community Health Services said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for healthcare professionals. It's not only the access to NICE that has been advantageous but also the fact that the Fellows and Scholars group is a group of motivated and dynamic people who you can exchange ideas with.
“Another advantage is that you get a mentor as well, and sometimes within the NHS we are so busy working that we forget that we also need somebody to turn to for advice.”
Listen to Dr Monica Lakhanpaul discussing the NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme:
Interested health professionals have until 5pm Tuesday 30 November 2010 to submit their applications. Click here for advice on how to apply and for an application form.
15 November 2010