NICE calls on "exceptional" NHS professionals for Year Two of its Fellows and Scholars Programme
NHS professionals wishing to play a greater role in promoting clinically and cost effective practice are encouraged to apply for new fellowships or scholarships from NICE.
The NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme was set up in 2009 to foster a network of NHS health professionals committed to improving the quality of patient care within their local health and professional communities and supporting the core values that underpin NICE's work.
Having appointed its first intake of Fellows and Scholars in April, NICE is now opening the application period for its second year intake. The Programme is open to all relevant NHS employee sectors, including doctors, nurses, managers, public health practitioners, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
Professor Peter Littlejohns, Clinical and Public Health Director at NICE said: "This year we are again looking for professionals across the NHS in England who embody what NICE is all about - that is, ensuring that patients receive the highest possible quality of care from their NHS.
"Our Fellows and Scholars Programme is an opportunity to develop the expertise and aspirations of exceptional professionals who are committed to making real changes to how healthcare is delivered locally, using methods that are proven to be both clinically and cost effective. We welcome applications across all relevant NHS specialties and regions, in particular fromdisciplines that are not represented by our first intake. We are particularly keen to hear from NHS managers and anyone interested in doing work related either to NICE's future role in the NHS as outlined by the Government, or to improving the quality and productivity of the NHS in more challenging financial circumstances."
NICE will award ten fellowships to senior health professionals across the NHS, primarily to those at consultant level. Fellows will be expected to use their experience and reputation to act as ambassadors for the Institute within their local health and professional communities; for example championing NICE guidance and evidence-based practice. NICE Fellows will also have the opportunity to become involved in other activities, such as clinical audit, education and policy development. They will hold their posts for fixed term periods of three years.
NICE will also award ten 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.
Interested health professionals have until Tuesday 30 November 2010 to submit their applications.
Notes to Editors
About the NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme
1. NICE is keen to hear from a range of specialties across the NHS in England. So that the Programme is as representative as possible, NICE particularly welcomes applications from health professionals working in specialties not currently covered by its 2010 (Year One) appointees. These include health professionals working in A&E, cardiology, dentistry, geriatrics, nutrition, oncology, optometry, sexual health and urology. Specialists working in other areas are still encouraged to apply.
2. Further information about the Year One appointees, including their biographies, specialties and agreed projects is available on the Fellows and Scholars section of the NICE website.
3. As a guide, NICE Fellows will be expected to spend on average one day a month on their activities, while NICE Scholars will be expected to spend approximately one day a week. Appointees are not paid, although NICE will meet all reasonable expenses (such as travel and accommodation) incurred.
4. Further information about the NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme, including details about the application process can be found on the Fellows and Scholars section of the NICE website. NHS professionals with specific questions to do with the Programme that are not covered on the NICE website should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health.
6. 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, procedures and medical technologies within the NHS
- clinical practice - guidance on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS.
This page was last updated: 28 September 2010