NICE's Fellows programme extended to social care
NICE is extending its Fellows programme so that a senior social care professional can be included among this year's intake.
This development follows the publication of the government's Health and Social Care Bill and the announcement that NICE will expand its remit into social care.
To acknowledge the new social care role, NICE's name is expected to change to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
The successful applicant for the three-year fellowship will have a high profile within the social care community, be committed to evidence-based practice, and interested in advising NICE as it develops in social care work programme.
NICE places great importance on developing stronger links with the social care sector. The Institute believes that the role of the Social Care Fellow would present an opportunity not only for the development of work in the area of interest of the Fellow, but also for the provision of advice and support to NICE during the transition period to NICE becoming a non-departmental public body (NDPB) with a formal health and care remit.
Professor Peter Littlejohns, Director of Clinical and Public Health at NICE, said: “This is a great opportunity for a social care professional to play a key role in supporting and advising NICE as it moves into social care.
“The fellow will be able to help us drive up the quality of care delivered and encourage the introduction of cost-effective innovation into practice. They will also be expected to act as a conduit of information or comment between NICE and frontline social care staff.”
Although NICE Fellowships have so far been aimed at health professionals working in the NHS rather than social care professionals, it is expected that many, if not all, of the same information will apply.
If you are interested in applying or require further details please click here.
Applicants have until 5pm on 18th February 2011 to apply for the position.
1 February 2011