NICE appoints two new directors
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has announced the appointment of two new directors. Professor Mark Baker will be the Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice and Alexia Tonnel will be the Director of Evidence Resources. Professor Baker and Ms Tonnel will join NICE's Senior Management Team. The appointments follow the departure of Professor Peter Littlejohns to take up an academic post and the retirement of Dr Fergus Macbeth.
Professor Mark Baker's previous appointments include Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Director of Research and Development for the Yorkshire Region and Director of the Yorkshire Cancer Network. He has also held Medical Director posts at North Yorkshire HA, West Yorkshire SHA and Leeds Teaching Hospitals and has held lead clinician responsibilities for the National Cancer Action Team. Mark has been involved in the NICE Guidelines Programme for almost a decade, has chaired two clinical guideline development groups and has worked since 2009 as a consultant adviser to NICE.
Professor Baker commented: "I am truly delighted and honoured to be able to lead the guidelines and prescribing centre work and to join the Senior Management Team in taking forward the challenging work programme for NICE in the coming years."
Alexia Tonnel has been working with NICE as Programme Director for the last two years, redesigning and managing the processes for the provision of content into NHS Evidence and leading the development of new products, such as the Evidence Updates. Prior to joining NICE, Alexia was a Director with Deloitte where she advised clients in the healthcare and life sciences industries on policy and strategy development.
Alexia Tonnel commented: "I am very pleased to be asked to lead the Evidence Resources directorate and honoured to be managing this highly talented and dedicated team. I look forward to working with the Senior Management Team of NICE to prepare for and implement the continued transition of the organisation and its products into a new digital era."
Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted that Mark Baker and Alexia Tonnel will be joining our Senior Management Team. Both have a wealth of experience in their respective fields and I am looking forward to working with them."
Alexia Tonnel will take up her position on 12 March and Professor Baker will take up his position on 2 April.
Notes to Editors
1. The Centre for Clinical Practice (CCP) at NICE incorporates the clinical guidelines programme and the Medicines and Prescribing Centre. The latter will continue the work of the National Prescribing Centre, which joined NICE last year. The CCP also has responsibility for the management of the Institute's contract for the British National Formulary.
2. The Evidence Resources Directorate incorporates NICE's internal information management service, the NHS Evidence service and the technical functions associated with the Institute's web site.
1. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and standards on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.
2. NICE produces guidance in three areas of health:
- public health - guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention of ill health for those working in the NHS, local authorities and the wider public and voluntary sector
- health technologies - guidance on the use of new and existing medicines, treatments, medical technologies (including devices and diagnostics) and procedures within the NHS
- clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.
3. NICE produces standards for patient care:
- quality standards - these reflect the very best in high quality patient care, to help healthcare practitioners and commissioners of care deliver excellent services
- Quality and Outcomes Framework - NICE develops the clinical and health improvement indicators in the QOF, the Department of Health scheme which rewards GPs for how well they care for patients
4. NICE provides advice and support on putting NICE guidance and standards into practice through its implementation programme, and it collates and accredits high quality health guidance, research and information to help health professionals deliver the best patient care through NHS Evidence.
This page was last updated: 06 March 2012