New Fellows and Scholars announced

Today (31 March), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) welcomes the latest group of professionals who have been awarded its fellowships and scholarships.

The appointments have been made across a range of health disciplines, including academia, psychiatry, general practice, management, obstetrics, midwifery, radiology and public health.

Three senior social care professionals have also been awarded NICE fellowships. This follows the government's plans for NICE to develop quality standards for the sector from 2012.

Professor Peter Littlejohns, Director of Clinical and Public Health at NICE said: “Now more than ever, it is important that health and social care professionals work in ways that are both evidence-based and cost effective. 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 new appointees and warmly welcome them to NICE.”

The Fellows and Scholars Programme was established in 2009 to create a network of like-minded health professionals linked to NICE who are committed to improving the quality of care in their local areas.

In 2010-11, NICE broadened the fellowship applications for its second year to include senior social care professionals. This was so that the Institute could foster stronger links with the social care community as it begins to make arrangements for developing quality standards for the sector from 2012, as outlined in the government's Health and Social Care Bill.

The thirteen fellowships have been awarded to senior professionals who will act as ambassadors for care and public health excellence and as conduits of information between NICE and frontline staff. They will be expected to promote the principles of cost effective and evidence-based practice (including NICE standards, where appropriate) within their local health or social care communities; for example, within their employing organisations or professional bodies. They may also become involved in a range of activities, such as education, policy development, audit and research. NICE Fellowships last for three years.

The ten scholarships have been awarded to specialist registrars or other equivalently qualified health professionals. While the appointees will similarly be expected to act as local ambassadors for NICE, their activities during their twelve months in post will be more project-based. Their projects will meet an identified local need and will be agreed by their training supervisors or employers.


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About NICE Fellows and Scholars

If you would like to interview any of the NICE Fellows and Scholars, please call the NICE press office.

The NICE Fellows for 2011-14 are:


1. Nigel Beasley, ENT Consultant, Deputy Medical Director, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
2. Paul Blenkiron, Adult and Community Psychiatry, NHS North Yorkshire and York
3. Janice Fawell, Programme Manager - Project Diamond, NHS London / University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
4. Jacqueline Fletcher, Senior Professional Tutor, School of Medicine, Cardiff University
5. Angela Hassiotis, Reader and Hon Consultant Psychiatrist, UCL / Camden & Islington Foundation Trust
6. Trevor Mills, Medical Director ( and part time GP), NHS Nottingham City
7. Richard Preece, Consultant in occupational medicine, Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
8. Daghni Rajasingham, Consultant Obstetrician, Guys and St Thomas' Foundation Trust Hospital
9. Yana Richens, Consultant Midwife Public Health, University College London Hospital NHS Trust
10. Paul Wilkinson, University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust / University of Cambridge

Social care

11. Colin Angel, Head of Policy and Communication, United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA)
12. Louise Brown, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath and Trustee of the Social Care Institute for Excellence
13. Julia Scott, Chief Executive, College of Occupational Therapists

The NICE Scholars for 2011-12 are:

1. Owen Bennett, Clinical Quality, Risk and Patient Safety Manager, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
2. Mark Glover, Clinical Lecturer, Clinical Pharmacology and General Medicine, University of Nottingham / Queen's Medical Centre
3. Peter Hall, Specialist Registrar / Clinical Research Fellow, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust / University of Leeds
4. Amrita Kumar, Specialist Registrar in Clinical Radiology, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
5. May Moonan, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health Medicine / Specialty Registrar in Public Health, University of Liverpool / Liverpool PCT
6. Elozona Uzoegwu, Public Health Information Analyst, NHS South West Essex
7. Patrick Rogers, Specialist Registrar, Plymouth NHS Trust
8. Mohit Sharma, Specialty Registrar in Public Health (ST3), Oxford Deanery
9. James Smith, Public Health Registrar, NHS Sustainable Development Unit
10. Laurie Tomlinson, Clinical Lecturer in Nephrology and Translational Medicine, Addenbrooke's Hospital

1. For further information about the Programme, including biographies of NICE's 2011 appointees, visit:

2. NICE Fellows and Scholars have been appointed following a rigorous application and selection process. As a guide, Fellows will be expected to spend on average one day a month on their activities, while Scholars will be expected to spend approximately one day a week, as agreed with their employers. The positions are unpaid.

3. NICE will begin recruiting for the Programme's third intake in the autumn. Interested health and social care professionals can register their early interest by emailing

4. From April 2012, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will be established as a Non-Departmental Public Body called the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) with a remit in both health and social care. For further information about the government's Health and Social Care Bill, please contact the press office at the Department of Health on 0207 210 5221.

5. Quality Standards reflect the very best care that people should receive for a variety of conditions and symptoms. They look at effectiveness, safety and experience and are based on the best available evidence, including existing NICE guidance and other accredited sources. For further information about Quality Standards visit:

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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