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NICE welcomes Fellows and Scholars for 2012

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has awarded 11 fellowships and 10 scholarships to professionals working in the NHS, social care and public health.

The positions have been awarded to individuals who support NICE's work and aspire to improve care in their local and professional communities, as part of the Institute's annual recruitment to its Fellows and Scholars Programme.

For the first time since the Programme began in 2010, NICE welcomes professionals from dentistry, ophthalmology and sociology. Other professions represented in this year's intake include academia, general practice, anaesthesia, public health and psychiatry. The Programme also welcomes its first Fellow from Wales.

Fellows and Scholars represent NICE at local and professional levels. They have opportunities to undertake projects which are designed to improve the delivery of care or evidence-based practice more generally. Examples of projects proposed by this year's appointees include investigating the use of NICE guidance by “out of hours” GPs and the inclusion of lay perspectives in NICE guidance.

Val Moore, Programme Director for Implementation at NICE and Mentor to the Fellows and Scholars said: “Our Fellows and Scholars Programme is a unique opportunity for motivated and dynamic individuals across the country to exchange ideas and get support from NICE in driving up the quality of care in their local and professional communities. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of our appointees for 2012 and warmly welcome them to NICE.”

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

In addition to the new Fellows and Scholars, NICE also welcomes Dr Fergus Macbeth and Professor Martin Eccles as Mentors to the Fellows and Scholars, joining Val Moore and Barrie White. The Mentors provide professional leadership to the Programme as well as personal coaching to NICE's Fellows and Scholars throughout their tenures.

Professionals wishing to apply for next year's intake to the Programme can register their early interest via NICE's website: www.nice.org.uk/fellowsandscholars.

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About the NICE Fellows and Scholars Programme

1. For further information about NICE's Fellows and Scholars Programme, including biographies of the Fellows and Scholars, and their Mentors, please visit: www.nice.org.uk/fellowsandscholars.

2. Please contact the NICE press office for all interview bids and image requests.

3. NICE Fellows use their experience and seniority to act as ambassadors for the Institute across their local and professional communities; for example by championing NICE guidance, quality standards and evidence-based practice. NICE Fellows can also be involved in other activities, such as clinical audit, education and policy development. They hold their positions for fixed term periods of three years and typically devote around one day a month to their activities, alongside their existing professional responsibilities.

The NICE Fellows for 2012-15 are:

1) Dr Alena Chong, GP Principal and Clinical Teaching Fellow, University College London

2) Dr Angela Green, Lead Clinical Research Therapist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

3) Dr David Bennett-Jones, Consultant Physician - Renal Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

4) Dr Dominic Horne, Lead GP and Clinical Services Director, Worcester Walk-In Health Centre

5) Dr Henry Smithson, Academic GP, University of Sheffield Medical School

6) Mr Jonathan Norris, Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist, Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals

7) Dr Liz Robb, Senior Special Care Dentist, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

8) Dr Maria Dyban, Salaried GP, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Out of Hours GP Service

9) Dr Micheline Tremlay, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

10) Dr Rajini Ramana, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

11) Dr Maureen Ray, Senior Lecturer, University of Keele (Social Care Fellow)

4. NICE Scholars undertake a variety of research-based projects; for example regarding the implementation of NICE guidance, clinical audit, cost effectiveness and affordability research, patient safety, patient experience, and quality and productivity. NICE Scholars can also represent the Institute among their peers; for example through teaching activities that promote the principles and recommendations of NICE guidance. They hold their positions for fixed term periods of twelve months and typically devote around one day a week to their activities, alongside their existing professional responsibilities.

The NICE Scholars for 2012-13 are:

1) Dr Amy Ford, NIHR Doctoral Fellow / Speciality Registrar (Medical Oncology), University of Manchester

2) Dr Claire Preedy, Speciality Registrar (Anaesthesia), Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

3) Mr James Coulston, Vascular Registrar, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

4) Dr Adanma Ezihe-Ejiofor, Speciality Registrar (Anaesthesia), Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5) Mr Jeremy Rodrigues Research Fellow in Hand Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University of Nottingham

6) Miss Khushbu Lalwani, Public Health Development Manager, NHS South East London - Bexley Business Support Unit

7) Mrs Lisa Peto, Public Health Speciality Registrar, Solutions for Public Health

8) Dr Logan Manikam, Academic Clinical Fellow and Paediatrics Specialty Trainee

9) Miss Siobhan Farmer, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit

10) Dr Catherine Will, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sussex

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

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.

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