Professor Sir Michael Rawlins reappointed as NICE Chairman
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) welcomes the reappointment of Professor Sir Michael Rawlins as NICE Chair for a further one year term (from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012). Professor Rawlins has been the chairman of NICE since it was established in 1999. His reappointment was made by the independent Appointments Commission's Health and Social Care Appointments Committee.
Professor Rawlins is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was the Ruth and Lionel Jacobson Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne from 1973 to 2006. At the same time he held the position of consultant physician and consultant clinical pharmacologist at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust. He was vice-chairman (1987-1992) and chairman (1993-1998) of the Committee on Safety of Medicines. Professor Rawlins will receive a remuneration of £62,117 pa as the Chairman of NICE.
Professor Rawlins also holds the following Ministerial appointments,
- Health Innovation Council, from 1.08.07, no payment received
- National Quality Board, from 1.12.08, no payment received
- Advisory Group on Military Medicine, From 1.1.09. No payment received.
This appointment has been made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public; Professor Rawlins has none.
Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chair of NICE, said: "I am delighted to accept the Chair of the Board of NICE for a further year. The next 12 months will bring significant challenges for NICE as it adapts in order to take its place at the centre of the reshaped NHS, public health and social care landscape. I was appointed Chair of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in 1999 and reappointed Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in 2009. This latest reappointment will enable me to oversee NICE's further transition into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence."
Notes to Editors
1. Under the Code of Practice for Public Appointments chairs are only allowed to serve a maximum term in office of ten years. However, the Commissioner can grant exemptions in exceptional circumstances.
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: 10 March 2011