NICE announces its new Fellows and Scholars

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has awarded ten Fellowships and ten Scholarships to professionals working in healthcare, local government and academia as part of its annual appointments.

For the first time, NICE has awarded positions to professionals from the fields of patient and public experience, limb reconstruction, transplant surgery and chemical pathology. Other professions represented in this year's intake include those in GP commissioning, nursing and public health.

Fellows and Scholars represent NICE at local and professional levels. The positions are unique opportunities to learn about and get involved in the inner workings of NICE, network with like-minded advocates of evidence-based practice, and promote NICE's guidance and other products to peers and colleagues.

This is the fourth year that NICE has awarded Fellowships and Scholarships.

Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE said: “Our Fellowships and Scholarships offer invaluable opportunities for exceptional individuals to better understand how NICE works and the services we provide. As the health and care sectors develop new ways of working, a connection with NICE and the advice of an established network of experts across evidence-based practice is an exciting prospect for both individuals and their employers. I would like to offer my congratulations to our new Fellows and Scholars and I warmly welcome them to the Institute.”

Fellows are senior professionals such as consultants, lecturers and clinical, public health and social care directors, who work with NICE for three years. Scholars are professionals such as registrars, specialty trainees and researchers, who work with NICE for twelve months. Both roles are unpaid and undertaken alongside existing jobs and other professional responsibilities.

Professionals wishing to apply for next year's Fellowships and Scholarships can register their interest online.


Notes to Editors

1. For further information about NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme, including biographies of the Fellows and Scholars, and their Mentors, please visit the NICE website.

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3. NICE Fellowships are awarded to senior health and social care leaders who act as ambassadors for NICE at regional levels and among their professional groups and peers. They support NICE in the implementation of its guidance. NICE Fellows will have opportunities to use their expertise to shape the Institute's guidance programmes and initiatives; for example, in developing support tools for specific pieces of guidance, or contributing to high-level discussions about issues of quality and leadership.

The NICE Fellows for 2013-16 are:

1) Mr Alun Williams, Consultant Paediatric Urologist and Transplant Surgeon, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

2) Mrs Amanda Parker, Director of Nursing, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, West Sussex

3) Dr Amanda Smith, Executive Director of Therapies and Health Science, Powys Teaching Health Board

4) Dr Andrew Hartland, Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Medical Lead for Bariatrics, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

5) Dr Asma Khalil, Consultant in Maternal and Foetal Medicine, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, London

6) Dr David Baldwin, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

7) Prof Krysia Dziedzic, Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University

8) Dr Liz Warburton, Consultant in Stroke Medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

9) Dr Nicola Decker, GP Partner and Clinical Lead for Dementia, North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group

10) Dr Rosie Benneyworth, GP and Clinical Commissioner, St James Medical Centre / Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group

4. NICE Scholarships present unique opportunities for professionals to learn about the inner workings of NICE and about how NICE helps health and social care providers to implement its guidance. NICE Scholars must undertake a project about the delivery of high-quality care during their tenure; for example, on the implementation of, or audit of, a specific piece of NICE guidance. Projects should take approximately 7.5 hours a week over the year, and must be agreed with the individual's training supervisor, their employer and NICE in advance.

The NICE Scholars for 2013-14 are:

1) Major Graham Lawton, Extremity Reconstruction Fellow, Imperial NHS Foundation Trust, London

2) Dr James Brown, Public Health Specialty Registrar, County Durham Council

3) Miss Lucy Saunders, Honorary Consultant in Public Health, Greater London Authority

4) Dr Manish Pareek, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Infectious Diseases, University of Leicester / University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust

5) Dr Matthew Rogers, Specialty Trainee Year 5 - Haematology, Royal Surrey County Hospital

6) Miss Rebecca Thampy, ST6 Specialty Trainee - Ophthalmology, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

7) Mr Reza Nouraei, Specialty Registrar in Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

8) Mrs Sarah Silverton, Patient and Public Experience Lead, Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

9) Mr Tim Barlow, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Coventry and Warwickshire / University of Warwick

10) Miss Vanessa Gibson, Nurse Specialist Team Leader, St Richard's Hospice, Worcester

5. NICE Fellows and Scholars are not paid for their activities; however NICE will cover all reasonable travel, accommodation and other expenses that might be incurred.

About NICE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for driving improvement and excellence in the health and social care system. We develop guidance, standards and information on high-quality health and social care. We also advise on ways to promote healthy living and prevent ill health.

Formerly the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, our name changed on 1 April 2013 to reflect our new and additional responsibility to develop guidance and set quality standards for social care, as outlined in the Health and Social Care Act (2012).

Our aim is to help practitioners deliver the best possible care and give people the most effective treatments, which are based on the most up-to-date evidence and provide value for money, in order to reduce inequalities and variation.

Our products and resources are produced for the NHS, local authorities, care providers, charities, and anyone who has a responsibility for commissioning or providing healthcare, public health or social care services.

To find out more about what we do, visit our website: and follow us on Twitter: @NICEComms

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