NICE unveils Fellows and Scholars
NICE has revealed its first ever list of Fellows and Scholars which includes a range of leading health professionals with expertise in areas such as general practice, public health, psychiatry and radiology.
Ten fellowships have been awarded to senior health professionals across the NHS, who will use their experience and reputation to represent the Institute within their local health and professional communities.
They will also be involved in other activities such as clinical audit, education and policy development during the duration of the 3-year Fellowships.
NICE has also awarded 10 scholarships to specialist registrars and other qualified health professionals, who will undertake a variety of projects in the twelve months that they are in post.
The idea of the Fellows and Scholars programme was first set out in June 2008 in High Quality Care for All, a vision for the NHS produced by Lord Ara Darzi, Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and the then Health Minister.
In his report, Lord Darzi stated: “For frontline staff, working with NICE is already considered a valuable opportunity for clinical professional development. In the next stage of its development, I would like to see NICE reach out even more proactively to local clinical communities as well as national ones. A key enabler of this will be the establishment of a fellowship programme”.
In recognition of his work in driving the programme forward, Lord Darzi has been appointed as the Institute's first honorary NICE Fellow.
Speaking at the launch of the Fellows and Scholars programme in Manchester yesterday, Professor Peter Littlejohns, Director of Clinical and Public Health at NICE, said: “We are very honoured to have such high calibre health professionals on board for the first year of our NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme. Our appointees have been chosen for their dedication, foresight and experience in promoting clinically- and cost-effective practice in the NHS.
“While the fellowships and scholarships will provide them with opportunities to develop further in their own careers and improve the quality of healthcare in their local areas, we also hope that they will allow us to engage even more closely with the NHS and foster a growing network of individuals who are committed to promoting our core values.”
As part of their role, scholars will embark on a range of different research projects.
Scholar Dr Kuan Heui Ng, specialist registrar from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, is to carry out research into the recent NICE guidance on chest pain, published last week.
Dr Heui Ng, said: “The guidance states that exercise ECG should not be used as the best initial diagnostic strategy, but this represents a huge change in current practice.
“Around 90 per cent of the 2,500 patients who attend the rapid access chest pain clinic in Leicester will have an exercise ECG.
“I will investigate how the guidance impacts on everyday practice and how we can introduce non-invasive CT-based cardiac imaging.”
Rebecca Kearney, a physiotherapist at the University of Warwick, will be carrying out a project in response to NICE guidance, published in January 2009, on the use of blood injections for tendinopathy - an injury to the tendons.
In the guidance, NICE concluded that evidence on the safety and efficacy of autologous blood injection for tendinopathy was inadequate in quantity and quality.
Ms Kearney will conduct a pilot randomised controlled trial to provide more evidence on the use of blood injections and whether they could be of benefit to patients.
Other Scholar projects include an examination of the implementation within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) of NICE's clinical guidance for managing moderate/severe depression in adolescents, and a study into the relationship between warfarin use and the incidence of bleeding complications with new NICE guidelines for Transrectal Ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy of the prostate.
The full list of Fellows and Scholars is now available.
31 March 2010
This page was last updated: 31 March 2010