NICE welcomes announcement of Professor David Haslam as preferred candidate for NICE Chair
Professor David Haslam has been named as the Government's preferred candidate for the post of Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The appointment is subject to pre-appointment scrutiny on Tuesday 11 December by the House of Commons Health Select Committee.
If successful, Professor Haslam will take over as chairman of NICE from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, who has chaired NICE since its creation in 1999.
Professor David Haslam is the immediate Past President of the British Medical Association and was President of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2006-09.
From 1976-2011 he was a GP in Huntingdon. Professor Haslam is also an experienced publisher and broadcaster on health issues. He is also current Chair of the NICE Evidence Accreditation Advisory Committee.
He was also awarded the CBE in 2004 for services to Medicine and Health Care.
Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to learn that Professor David Haslam is the preferred candidate to become the new Chair of NICE, from April 2013.
"His extensive experience in health and his awareness of the challenges facing social care, together with his knowledge of the Institute, make him an ideal candidate to lead NICE into the next exciting phase of its development."
After the pre-appointment hearing, the select committee will set out its views on the candidate's suitability. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, will then consider the conclusions of the committee's report carefully before deciding whether or not to proceed with the appointment. This is in line with proposals for scrutiny of key positions in which Parliament has an interest.
10 December 2012