Fellows

You could build an influential network that helps us to implement our guidance.

Our fellows are experienced leaders from the field of health and social care.

What's involved?

We aim to award 10 fellowships each year.

You will:

  • Act as our UK-wide ambassadors for 3 years.
  • Support and maintain the connection between us and health and social care experts.
  • Engage with our senior staff and staff in the health and social care sector.
  • Help us improve and promote the quality of health and social care.
  • Develop new ways of working in health and social care.

Would I be suitable?

Fellowships are suited to roles such as:

  • medical and clinical directors
  • directors of nursing
  • heads of midwifery
  • directors of finance
  • heads of services for the allied health professions
  • directors or heads of adults and children’s services
  • directors of provider services in social care
  • consultant psychologists
  • heads of service for healthcare scientists
  • lay members from our committees
  • influential individuals working in the charitable and voluntary sector.

How does it work?

We'll provide a series of workshops. We also give you access to the skills and knowledge of our staff.

You must agree your application with your employer. Fellowships are unpaid but travel and subsistence will be paid

You'll be expected to spend around 7.5 hours per month on fellowship activities.

Naomi McVey talks about her experience of being a NICE Fellow.

I was approached by the course director who asked me if I would be interested in applying for a fellowship with NICE. I went online, became very interested and applied. The rest is history.

Support

We've appointed 2 senior advisers to look after the programme and give expert support.

They have a wealth of experience in health and social care and in working with us. You can read more about them on our senior advisers page.

Our fellows

You can email us for information on previous fellows.

Dr Amrita Jesurasa, public health consultant

Amrita studied medicine at Imperial College London. She then trained in paediatrics in Sheffield for 3 years, gaining membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, before beginning training in public health. She gained a Masters in public health from the University of Sheffield, membership of the Faculty of Public Health and completed training in 2019. Amrita is a consultant in public health and national lead for prevention in clinical settings in Public Health Wales.

As a NICE fellow, Amrita will aim to embed our products in primary and community care in Wales, (in particular those which address primary and secondary prevention of the ‘burden of disease’ risk factors). She will do this through influencing contractual, strategic and operational levers. Amrita will also seek feedback from primary and community care networks on their experiences. She will gather insights of implementing our products to support further development, including development of person-centred pathways.

Bid Kumar, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

Bid has been a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist since 2001 and is presently working at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North Wales. He is the clinical lead for fetal medicine services in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, North Wales. He is also clinical lead of the Wales Maternity and Neonatal Network and chair of the Wales maternity network guideline group.

His NICE fellowship will focus on the creation of a clinical care pathway from pre-pregnancy to puerperium for women with complicated pregnancies. This will encompass obesity, smoking, domestic abuse and medical disorders like diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension, epilepsy, mental illness, multiple pregnancy etc. This pathway will help both women and carers alike in recognising and being aware of actions to be taken for optimum outcome for mothers and babies.

Caroline Southgate, managing director

Caroline trained as a chartered physiotherapist at University of East London in 1997. She worked as a specialist in hand injury in both NHS hospitals and the private sector before setting up her own private practice, employing other physiotherapists. In 2011, Caroline founded a domiciliary care company and moving from health to the social care sector. Doris Jones Limited is now rated outstanding and Caroline leads a team of 80, and ever growing, staff who deliver care to elderly people in their own homes.

Her NICE fellowship is focused on ways to improve communication between prescribers, primary care providers and the home care sector about medication, using our established guidance. The project will seek to understand barriers which prevent timely communications about medications and create opportunities to share best practice ideas with this large network of professionals.

Gerry McKenna, consultant in restorative dentistry

Gerry McKenna is a reader and consultant in restorative dentistry at Queen’s University Belfast. He is a specialist clinician in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry and provides patient care within the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Gerry is an active clinical researcher, and his research interests are focused on improving care for older adults (gerodontology). He is a principal investigator in the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast where he leads oral health research.

Unfortunately, the 2019 Care Quality Commission report: smiling matters, illustrated significant failings in oral health provision within care homes. This included more than half of homes having no policy to promote and protect people’s oral health. The aim of Gerry’s fellowship is to positively engage with residential care homes to raise awareness of our NG48 guidline on oral health for adults in care homes. He also wants to develop solutions to encourage implementation of the guideline across the sector.

Dr Judith Graham, director for psychological professionals

Judith is the director for psychological professionals at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust. Judith was a pathfinder Freedom To Speak Up Guardian (FTSU). This work was awarded the Health Service Journal FTSU organisation of the year 2019 to 2020. Judith was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2021 Queens New Year’s Honours associated with this work and was also awarded the title of Queens Nurse in 2015.

In her role of NICE fellow, Judith aims to improve awareness of our guidance and quality standards in her organisational and regional networks. She is exploring the development of across organisational ‘trauma informed’ practices related to the implementation of the national community mental health transformation.

Judith’s fellowship work also pertains to the development of long Covid pathways. This work focusses upon implementing our recently published guidance and contributing to emerging research concerning Covid-19.

Juliette Millard, head of clinical governance

Since qualifying as a nurse in 1987 Judith has worked in a variety of environments, including hospital and hospice care. The last 20 years of her career has been in social care, working as a nurse and manager. Juliette’s current role as head of clinical governance and a senior nurse manager for Newcross Healthcare Solutions.

Juliette previously supported us as a member of the Guideline Development Group for our social care SC1 guideline on managing medicines in care homes (published in 2014) and as an advisor to a quality standards advisory committee. Juliette continues to be passionate about our work.

Becoming a NICE fellow provides Juliette with the opportunity for her to combine her current role and influence with that of NICE. It allows her to contribute to professional awareness and commitment to our work. Interweaving it into ways of working and education for many health and social care professionals and care providers.

Dr Louise Warburton, associate medical director

Louise qualified as a GP in 1990 and became a GP with a special interest in rheumatology and musculoskeletal medicine in 2006. Shortly after this she became involved in our guideline related to the management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults. She has continued to work collaboratively with us since then.

Louise was a senior lecturer at the University of Keele in the primary care sciences department. She is now an associate medical director of Shropshire Community NHS Trust and a member of the executive committee of the Primary Care Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal (MSK) Medicine Society

The aim of her fellowship is to use evidence-based guidance to help steer a large service-transformation in MSK provision occurring in Shropshire. This brings together several acute trusts and a community trust. Louise hopes to use her NICE fellowship to develop a training offering for first contact physiotherapists and other practitioners in Shropshire. This can be expanded for use across the UK.

Nicola Williams, executive director nursing, allied health professions and healthcare scientists

Nicola has been the executive director of nursing, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists at Velindre University NHS Trust since August 2019. Nicola qualified as a nurse in 1990, and since 2001 has gained significant experience of working at a senior level within the NHS. She has always had a strong focus on quality, safety, patient experience and quality improvement and has led on several improvement programmes across Wales.

As a NICE fellow Nicola aims to develop our multi-professional clinical guideline professional review and network groups facilitating translation into relevant Welsh policy and care delivery context. She will also aid a review of the implementation of our relevant clinical guidelines across non-surgical, solid tumour services. She will also raise the awareness of our products amongst peers. She will support the development of a coordinated Once for Wales approach to circulating, implementing and monitoring compliance of our guidelines across Wales.

Raymond Curran, assistant director and head of ophthalmic services

Raymond is an assistant director in the Northern Irish regional commissioning organisation, the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), and currently head of ophthalmic services.

In 1997 he was appointed Northern Ireland’s first (sessional) Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) ophthalmic adviser (Western). This led to his current substantive HSCB appointment in 2013. In this role he is Northern Ireland regional lead for contracting general ophthalmic services, and commissioning of secondary care ophthalmology.

During his NICE fellowship, Raymond will be looking at existing ophthalmologic pathways spanning primary, secondary and social care, and assess awareness, compliance, and outcomes across standards and indicators. He will ensure that quality is maximised, and a culture of improvement is promoted. He proposes to work for full implementation of our current guidelines, majoring on glaucoma, with an emphasis on community aspects of the pathway.

Dr Vije Rajput, general practitioner

Dr Vije Rajput is a GP in Tamworth, Staffordshire. He is also a clinical director for South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He is an honorary clinical teacher at Keele University and a member of the evidence based medicine group.

As a clinical commissioner he led the delivery of a long-term condition strategy, implemented primary care based case management and chaired multidisciplinary diabetes and respiratory networks. He has delivered digital technologies to support care delivery. He is on the CCG IM&T collaborative board, International Medical Informatics Association Telehealth working group. He is also a committee member of the primary health care specialist group of the British Computer Society.

Vije will be leading the implementation of our quality standards, focusing initially on diabetes foot care and pulmonary rehabilitation. This will inform the development of a generic model which it is hoped can be scaled nationally.

Aoife Molloy, clinical lead evidence-based interventions

Aoife studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin, and became a member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Ireland and England. She moved to the UK to pursue specialty training in infectious diseases. She has a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a PhD researcher in the Patient Safety Translational Research Centre in Imperial College. She looks at the patient safety at transitions of care across different sectors of healthcare.

Aoife is clinical lead for the evidence based interventions programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

She was a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NICE in 2014 to 2015. She set up the collaboration for shared decision making, developed guideline adaptation tools with NICE International to aid guideline development in India. She also worked on disinvestment and safe staffing, as well as education of undergraduate and postgraduate medical and allied health professionals.

David Maudgil, consultant radiologist and lead for interventional radiology

David is a consultant in diagnostic and interventional radiology working for Frimley Health Foundation Trust, Wexham Park Hospital. He graduated from Guy’s Hospital in 1991 and did his research at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Queen Square. He then began radiology training at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.

David was a guideline group development member for our guideline NG118 and has continued as a specialist adviser for NICE. He has an interest in cost effectiveness and has completed the postgraduate diplomas in Healthcare Technology Assessment at Glasgow University. He intends to use the fellowship to promote the role of interventional radiology in improving patient experience and outcomes, as well as cost effectiveness.

David is an associate editor of clinical radiology, the main UK radiology journal. He is currently a staff governor and chair of the medical staff committee at Wexham Park Hospital.

Emyr Jones, consultant pharmacist, national lead for Wales: community healthcare

Emyr is a consultant pharmacist and national lead for community healthcare in Wales. He has worked across a variety of sectors holding key roles including clinical, managerial and academic positions. He is an active member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a passionate advocate of the medicines optimisation agenda.

Working across NHS Wales, he has close links with senior leaders both within and outside pharmacy to provide advice and influence positive change in practice. Emyr was successful in getting our endorsement for a set of national domiciliary medicines support principles to aid implementation of our NG67 guidance on managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community.

As a fellow he hopes to raise the profile of his current work across health and social care. He is aiming for a more a co-ordinated, structured approach to the way community medicine support is delivered across Wales. He will act as an ambassador for us. Raising the profile and relevance of the organisation across Wales and helping to embed the medicines optimisation agenda into practice.

Joy Duxbury, professor of mental health

Joy is a mental health nurse and professor of mental health at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked on numerous funded projects pertaining to mental health, inclusion and co-production. Research on the exploration of stakeholder perspectives and implementation has been a strong feature of her work to date. She has a background in forensic mental health. More recently her national and international focus has been upon minimising restrictive practices such as physical restraint and coercion across varied settings.

She was a member of the guideline development group for our guidelines on violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, health and community settings.

As a result of her profile in this area and collaborative ventures, Joy is a board member of the European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group, and chair of the Restraint Reduction Network. In recognition of her work, she was awarded a national mental health nursing accolade: The Eileen Skellern Award in 2014.

Liz Lawrence, integrated discharge system lead

Liz originally qualified as a GP and worked as a GP partner for nearly 16 years. She then went on to lead transformation across organisational boundaries as a manger in Derby Hospital. Then she was deputy director for primary care and community care for Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning group. Leading change for referral management, MSK elective pathways and new models of care.

Her most recent role has been head of health service improvement at Versus Arthritis, improving the uptake of evidence-based care across the UK. She led work on behalf of the charity, working in partnership with others to scale up ESCAPE-pain. Liz is embarking on a new role as integrated discharge systems lead in Nottinghamshire. She will be working across organisations to ensure safe and effective discharge pathways are in place.

In her role of NICE fellow, Liz aims to improve the awareness of our guidelines and quality standards and work to embed these in local pathways.

Paula Swift, professional head of social work and line manager for social work, dietetics and speech and language therapy forensic services

Paula completed her social work training at Teesside University in 1996. She then went on to work as a community social worker in Hartlepool in the older persons adult learning disability and mental health teams.

In 2002, Paula moved into forensic community and inpatient services in Middlesbrough where she was an assistant manager and Approved Mental Health Professional. In 2013 Paula joined the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; initially in CAMHS before undertaking two project posts focusing on facilitating collaborative care planning with service users and carers. Paula is now the professional head of social work and is responsible for promoting the social work identity within the trust.

As part of her fellowship, Paula wants to enable the recovery experts by experience group to be engaged in promoting our guidance and guidelines to support shared decision making. She will also encourage clinicians in both in health and social care to become confident in collaborating and communicating with service users and carers. This is to ensure any treatment plans developed are based on the best evidence available and informed by our guidance.

Pip White, professional adviser

Pip graduated as a chartered physiotherapist in 1991. Following this she gained a MSc in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University, an MSc in Healthcare Management and Policy from the University of Birmingham and an MA in Healthcare Law from Salford Law School. She currently combines working as a national professional adviser for The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) with independent physiotherapy practice.

She is also leading a national programme of work to improve the quality of hip fracture rehabilitation. She has recently created the CSP Hip Fracture Rehabilitation standards in collaboration with several professional networks.

As a fellow, Pip aims to support the implementation of our products relevant to hip fracture and to facilitate physiotherapist’s participation in hip fracture rehabilitation quality improvement work. She aims to build robust and sustainable virtual networks to enable members to connect with each other within their local hip fracture pathways. To be able to share good practice and facilitate new ways of working. Pip is also keen to increase the physiotherapy data available relating to hip fracture rehabilitation. She will support physiotherapy teams engaged in hip fracture rehabilitation to share their local improvement initiatives.

Rupert Whitaker, executive chairman and associate professor

Rupert trained as a clinician and scientist at the universities of London, Toronto, Boston, Harvard, MIT, Michigan, and San Francisco, qualifying as a doctor in psychiatry, neurology, and immunology, with additional training in public health. He has worked as a medical expert witness in the UK, Poland, and Australia, with a focus on differential diagnosis and the quality of medical evidence. Rupert is founder and chairman of the Tuke Institute, an applied health science and policy organisation focusing on health services.

Rupert is also a founder and patron of the Terrence Higgins Trust, a leading HIV-charity and Europe’s first, named for his partner, Terry, who died from AIDS in 1982.

He will use our quality standard on patient experience in adult NHS services to further his work on the roles of patients in ensuring the quality of health services. He’ll be looking particularly at participative governance around clinician competencies and performance, as well as the integration of mental, physical, and social health services.

Suzy Halliday, advanced nurse practitioner

Suzy is an advanced nurse practitioner, working in a busy breast diagnostic and surveillance clinic in Brighton. She has over 20 years experience in NHS care provision. This includes senior clinical nursing roles, combined with experience of collaborative working at a national level as a member of the Department of Health and Social Care procurement transformation team. Suzy is a committee member for our interventional procedures advisory committee.

Suzy has a comprehensive understanding of clinical care pathways and the components which underpin optimum patient care. She has helped develop breast cancer diagnosis protocols. She has also introduced new processes to help ensure consistent and high-quality service delivery. Suzy is driven by a desire to reduce treatment waiting times, enhance patient experience and improve outcomes for all patients and is always keen to adopt and share best practice.

Roshelle Ramkisson, child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist

Dr Roshelle Ramkisson is a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester. She is also the director of medical education (Interim), Core Psychiatry Training Programme Director with Health Education North West and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Teaching) at the University of Manchester. She is also the RCPsych North West education training committee representative.

As a clinical research consultant her interests are in exploring the evidence base of interventions for adolescent emotional disorders in low and middle income countries. Her passion to find low cost scalable interventions to address the increasing need for child mental health services.

As a fellow she is exploring the enablers and barriers of early career international medical graduates in utilising guidance in their daily practice. This fits with her interests and work with Health Education England to address differential attainment.

Helen Cole, industry partnerships manager and clinical scientist

Helen graduated with a BSc (Hons) in physics with medical applications from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1995. She went on to complete her MSc in medical physics at the University of Surrey in 1997.

Helen is a registered clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. She was head of service of our External Assessment Centre at the Freeman Hospital from March 2012 to May 2020. Helen’s current role is with the Northern Health Science Alliance.

With her NICE fellowship, she intends to work with the AHSN in the North East and North Cumbria. She wants to demonstrate successful implementation of our selected medical technologies, diagnostics or interventional procedures guidance, within the region. She will explore the potential for this north east model of “evaluation in practice” to become an exemplar for our guidance implementation across the UK.

Helen Rostill, executive director of innovation, development and therapies and consultant clinical psychologist

Professor Helen Rostill is a consultant clinical psychologist and board director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Trust’s Chief Technology Officer.

Helen currently leads mental health programmes in Surrey Heartlands and Frimley Integrated Care Systems. She’s the senior responsible officer for the Technology Integrated Health Management for dementia NHS Test Bed, sponsored by the Department of Health, NHS England, and the Office for Life Sciences.

She worked for 10 years as a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and has published a wide range of research in national and international peer reviewed journals. Her qualifications include a doctorate in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in strategic management and leadership and a BSc (First Class Hons) in psychology. Helen is visiting professor at the faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

Jonathan Rees, Professor of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal science

Jonathan graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London in 1992. He trained in orthopaedics in Oxford and was appointed as university lecturer and consultant orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeon in 2005. In 2014 he became professor of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal science at the University of Oxford. He works clinically at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Jonathan sits on the Executive Council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS). He is their National Joint Register (NJR), Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) and Outcomes Lead. He is a specialist advisor to our interventional procedures committee and to the MHRA.

He plans to use this fellowship to promote to clinicians our existing orthopaedic guidelines and the upcoming joint replacement guidelines. Jonathan plans to work with the Royal College of Surgeons, British Orthopaedic Association, BESS and GIRFT to explore the development of further NICE accredited ‘best practice and commissioning guidelines’ to help support equal access and standardisation of care for UK patients.

Melanie Weatherley, chief executive officer, Walnut Care

Melanie co-founded Walnut Care in 2002. It is now one of the largest domiciliary care providers in Lincolnshire. As the company’s chief executive officer, Melanie manages a team of over 200 care professionals and coordinates 600,000 care visits every year.

She has been the chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association since 2016.

Melanie is also a fellow at Skills for Care and the co-chair of the Care Association Alliance. This is a national body which brings together representatives of care associations from across the country to engage with health and care officials at the highest level of governance.

Under her leadership, Walnut Care has followed our guidelines from the beginning to deliver the highest quality evidence-based care for its service users. Melanie hopes to use her position as a fellow to help improve the way in which care providers work and engage with us.

Nicola Cosgrave, consultant clinical psychologist

Nicola completed her clinical training in 1996 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. Since qualifying, Nicola has spent most of her career working in national and specialist children mental health services at the Maudsley Hospital.

Her clinical and research interests are in the area of child maltreatment, infant mental health, and complex trauma. Her current role is lead of the clinical team delivering the New Orleans Intervention Model.

As part of her fellowship, Nicola wants to develop a strategy for infant mental health across her NHS trust with an emphasis on early prevention and intervention for maltreated infants. She wants to promote evidence-based interventions with relevant stakeholders from the infant mental health landscape. This includes working alongside colleagues from the third sector, social care and the judiciary, to increase awareness of both the needs of this population and the availability of appropriate interventions.

Peter Dixon, president, Royal College of Chiropractors

Peter graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth in 1984 and works as a chiropractor in Bath and Wiltshire. He has been president of the British Chiropractic Association, the European Chiropractors’ Union and a member and chair of the regulator in the UK, the General Chiropractic Council, for 13 years.

He founded, and is now president of, the Royal College of Chiropractors. The Royal College provides peer-reviewed quality standards for the chiropractic profession as well as a comprehensive Continuing Professional Development and mentoring program.

Peter was on our guideline development group for our NG59 guidance on low back pain and sciatica in over 16s. He has been on our panel of experts for the last 4 years and feels very honoured to be appointed a fellow, a first for the chiropractic profession. He intends to use his ambassadorial role for us to improve the understanding and uptake of our guidelines within the musculoskeletal community and with stakeholders.

Satheesh Kumar Gangadharan, consultant psychiatrist

Satheesh has been a consultant in psychiatry of intellectual disability for over 15 years. He is currently an inpatient consultant for a specialist learning disability unit. He has held several clinical leadership roles in the last few years, which included being the medical director of a community and mental health trust, clinical director of learning disability service as well as clinical co-chair of clinical leadership group for Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

He has been active in service-oriented research in learning disability and championing the importance of evidence-based approaches in learning disability and mental health. Satheesh is an honorary professor at the College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester and one of the co-directors of the Leicester Centre for Mental Health Research. He also has a keen interest in the development of services for people with autistic spectrum disorders in India, his country of origin.

Sharon Davies, chief executive, Hertfordshire Care Providers Association

Sharon has been the chief executive of Hertfordshire Care Providers Association for 9 years. Sharon has focussed on partnership working and building initiatives which raise quality, always with the goal of a win-win outcome for all involved. Sharon comes from a background of practice and teaching in care and leadership and uses these skills to focus minds on taking a learning in practice approach.

As a fellow, Sharon will be focussing on education and integration to help embed the use of our guidance and quality standards into practice. She is currently setting up an online care professional standards academy for social care practitioners. This will be a platform for promoting our guidance and quality standards on an individual level for care practitioners. In the area of integration, Sharon will be advocating the use of our guidance and quality standards to colleagues across both health and social care. Her concentration on prevention around the use of exercise, will ensure that colleagues are sighted on best practice options.

Simon Jones, consultant nurse

Simon is a consultant nurse with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. He’s chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s Learning Disability Nurse Forum, a British Institute of Learning Disabilities Positive Behaviour Support Consultant, a specialist advisor to both us and the Care Quality Commission, and a Queens Nurse.

Simon has worked in several NHS community teams in various roles including community nurse, lead nurse, behavioural nurse and locality manager. He has, prior to recently re-joining the NHS, worked in the independent sector as head of behavioural support. Simon studied at the Tizard Centre for his Masters in Intellectual and Development Disabilities and is also a qualified behaviour analyst.

Steven Searle, emergency medicine consultant

Steven is an emergency medicine consultant working for Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Having trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London.

He administers and delivers a middle grade doctor teaching programme. He has recently been appointed the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) simulation teaching lead for the region and is part of the faculty for the college leadership training programme.

Steven was a guideline group development member for our clinical our CG191 guidline on pneumonia in adults: diagnosis and management. He is currently on the panel of clinical experts. He has also been a co-opted specialist adviser to the Department of Health for the new and emerging respiratory threats group, advising on pandemic flu response. Steven will use his fellowship to strengthen the links between us, RCEM and both its training and non-training grade doctors. Steven intends to create a toolkit of practical resources to enable individuals and organisations to better access the guidance available from us.

Alison Sansome, consultant community paediatrician

Alison is a consultant community paediatrician based in Cambridge. She is also a clinical director for Children and Young People in Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

She is chair of the East of England Neurodisability Group. Through the Community Paediatric Regional Network, she has initiated several regional audits and written best practice clinical guidelines. These are in line with our guidance. Within her large community trust she has been promoting the development of new models of care and integrated pathways for children with long term health conditions.

Alison will use her fellowship to develop the web-based risk management system further. This system will log our new guidance and alert clinicians to changes. The app links to the self-assessment template and so allows easy completion and monitoring. Clinicians and corporate teams can monitor the evidence of compliance and can, at any time, produce the assurance of high quality clinical standards.

Cecilia Fenerty, consultant ophthalmic surgeon

Cecilia has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) since 2002. She runs a specialist tertiary referral service for complex adult and paediatric glaucoma. She is clinical lead for anterior segment services at MREH and associate clinical director of the Eye Hospital.

Cecilia has been a member of several NICE working groups including the glaucoma guideline development group 2009 and 2017, glaucoma quality standards group 2010, and glaucoma commissioning group 2010.

As a NICE Fellow she aims to improve the uptake of our glaucoma guidance. This will assist in reconciling the demands and capacity of glaucoma services. This learning will be applied to Cecilia’s project to support ophthalmic care providers and commissioners in overcoming these hurdles. Tools will be developed to help implement our guidance.

Emma Salt, consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist

Emma originally qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1993. She went on to gain an MSc in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2000 at University College London and a PhD in 2014 from the University of Birmingham. She currently works as the consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. In 2015.

Emma’s clinical and research areas of interest are in the management of persistent shoulder pain and differentiating cervical from shoulder pathology. She currently is part of the scientific committee for the European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation.

As a NICE Fellow, Emma aims to establish if primary and secondary care practitioners in musculoskeletal health are aware of Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS). Also, to understand how the CKS are being used and identify how to further improve their use. She hopes to promote the summaries to professional groups who are less aware of the CKS and improve the use of summaries to existing and new users and patients.

Janet Folland, professional lead for occupational therapy

Janet graduated as an occupational therapist from Oxford Brookes University in 1995. She has worked primarily in mental health services, particularly across older people’s mental health services. For the past 8 years she has been in professional development and improvement roles.

Janet has led on an organisation wide practice development programme. It is aimed at the implementation of evidence-based and theoretically driven occupational therapy services. She has been heavily involved in England’s first system-wide Allied Health Professions strategy for the North Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

As a NICE fellow, Janet plans to explore the range and relevance of our work to support a system wide enablement strategy across North Cumbria’s Integrated Health and Care System. She will work with our leads, our field team and associates across the health and social care system to implement our pathway on policy, strategy and commissioning to help change behaviour and use our guidance to inform the development of the system education plan.

Matthew Rogers, head of professional development

Matthew is a practicing osteopath and head of professional development for the Institute of Osteopathy, the professional membership organisation for UK osteopaths. Since qualifying he has worked in a variety of private healthcare settings, as a health charity Director and in the NHS in a mixture of clinical and management roles. He also now sits on the Public Health England AHP strategic development committee.

In his current directorship level role, Matthew is responsible for the delivery of a multiple stream quality improvement and development programme. He is passionate about ensuring the highest possible standards of patient care and is in a unique position to raise awareness of NICE, its products and how to implement those relevant to osteopathy throughout the osteopathic profession.

Nicola Thorley, consultant HIV and sexual health

Nicola is a consultant in HIV and sexual health and clinical lead for service development and evaluation within the umbrella sexual health service for Birmingham and Solihull. Her areas of special interest include service development, quality improvement through feedback, data collection and evaluation and healthcare professional education. As a NICE Scholar in 2015, she utilized real-time monitoring to evaluate uptake of hepatitis B vaccination in at-risk groups.

She is currently clinical lead for the umbrella primary care subgroups for GPs and community pharmacists. She’s passionate about collaboration with community organisations to overcome traditional barriers between disciplines, destigmatise sexual health and HIV and improve patient care and experience. As a NICE Fellow, she will be focusing on increasing awareness and uptake of HIV testing, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and chlamydia screening in primary care, and improving awareness and uptake of contraception.

Tessa Lewis, GP partner

Tessa has been a GP partner since 1995 and for much of this time has also been involved in promoting the safe and effective use of medicines. She was medical advisor to the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre for 10 years. She has been involved with various NICE workstreams since 2011. As Chair of the Wales NICE Liaison Group 2016 to 2018 she worked with colleagues to develop a strategy to support the awareness, discussion and implementation of our guidance to people ‘on the front line’ in all settings.

Currently a member of our quality standards and indicators advisory committees, clinical guideline update committee (chair) and management of common infections (chair). She’s keen to continue working with colleagues to support the cascade of key messages, particularly relating to our quality standards, multimorbidity and managing common infections guidelines.