NICE Scholarships are one-year opportunities to find out about the inner workings of NICE and undertake a supported improvement project, related to NICE guidance, within a local organisation.

View examples of potential projects (pdf) that might be suitable activities for Scholars.

NICE Scholars are supported in their project via a series of workshops, access to a very experienced mentor and contact with the expert teams at NICE. Scholars are expected to devote approximately 7.5 hours per week to their Scholarship project.

NICE Scholarships are typically awarded to:

  • specialist registrars
  • senior nurses
  • pharmacists and allied health professionals
  • service improvement leads,
  • public health and social care specialists 
  • health service managers

This year we are also looking for applications from lay members on NICE’s committees or from people working in the charitable and voluntary sector.

In addition to their project-based activities, NICE Scholars are expected to:

  • Act as local ambassadors for clinical and public health and social care excellence.
  • Promote the principles and the recommendations of NICE guidance - through teaching activities, for example.

NICE Scholars are not paid. NICE will, however, meet all reasonable expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation) incurred in the course of carrying out Scholarship activities.

NICE aim to appoint 10 NICE Scholars each year.

Access to information

Scholars have access to the NICE Fellows and Scholars Zone; login details are required.

Sam Finnikin describes his experience of being a NICE Scholar

2016-2017 NICE Scholars

Caroline Beattie

Patient Safety & Quality Manager

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Caroline Beattie graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Ulster (Jordanstown) in 1996. She has completed a number of post graduate courses including a MSSc in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. She has worked in a variety of physiotherapy, safety and governance roles and is currently employed as Patient Safety & Quality Manager within the Southern Health & Social Care Trust. One of the key responsibilities within her role is to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of NICE guidelines within the organisation.

As a NICE Scholar Caroline will undertake a project to review the current processes for the implementation of NICE guidelines and identify from evidence based practice the key principles that underpin an effective, well-designed and communicable implementation programme. The key objective of the project will be to make recommendations for improving awareness, knowledge and implementation of NICE guidelines within the SHSCT thereby ensuring there is a positive safety culture for delivering safe, effective and quality care. It is hoped that the learning from this NICE scholarship programme will also benefit the region and may support other local health care organisations to strengthen their NICE processes for implementation and monitoring.

Caroline Forde

Medical oncology specialist registrar

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Caroline Forde is a medical oncology specialist registrar and first year Cancer Research UK funded clinical research fellow at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast.

She is passionate about improving the quality, safety and consistency of neutropenic sepsis management as it remains a common and potentially life-threatening complication of systemic anti-cancer treatment. Over the last four years she has played a key role implementing change locally in the Belfast Trust to improve initial neutropenic sepsis management.

Caroline’s research currently centres on optimising low risk neutropenic sepsis management and predicting response to antibiotic treatment in low risk adult cancer patients.

Her project with NICE will work to address some of the evidence gaps identified by the NICE neutropenic sepsis guideline development group. She aims to provide an updated understanding of current UK neutropenic sepsis incidence, management and outcomes. She will also assess the impact of NICE guidance on treatment approaches and explore current clinician attitudes to risk stratification and management.

Jasmin Islam

Specialist Registrar in Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology

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Jasmin is a NIHR ACF Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology with an interest in hospital acquired infection and antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health risk recognised by the UK government and World Health Organisation (WHO), leading to mounting healthcare costs, treatment failure and deaths. Within the UK, over and inappropriate antibiotic use is a major driver of resistance.

Jasmin will use the NICE Scholarship to develop and pilot an evidence-based clinical decision tool to promote the safe reduction of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing in acute respiratory infection, which remains the commonest indication for antibiotics in hospital. This work supports the implementation of recent NICE guidance on antimicrobial stewardship and will be undertaken at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. A key component of the project is identification of the barriers to changing established antibiotic stewardship in clinical practice.

To facilitate this, a working group of clinicians, pharmacists and patients will explore novel ideas around improving education within the Trust that includes the use of antibiotic prescribing champions. The final part of the scholarship will evaluate the contribution of procalcitonin to algorithm driven antibiotic stewardship interventions.

Mathew Sewell

Consultant spine surgeon

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Mathew Sewell is a consultant spine surgeon specializing in the management of adults and children with complex spinal conditions including those affected by deformity, neuromuscular conditions, trauma and tumours. He works at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Mathew graduated from Bristol University in 2004 with an MB ChB and 1st class BSc in Neuroscience. He completed orthopaedic training in London and fellowship training in Brisbane, Australia.

Mathew has over 70 published papers, is a expert peer reviewer for leading medical journals, an academic clinical lecturer at the University of Queensland, and has been an ambassador for the British Orthopaedic Association and European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society in Europe and South America. In his spare time, Mathew enjoys leading charity expeditions to remote locations, such as Mount Kilimanjaro.

As a NICE scholar, Mathew will analyse quality of life and participation outcomes following growth rod treatment for children with early onset scoliosis, providing new information to inform existing guidelines.

Matthew Sullivan

Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has Parkinson’s and is currently a lay member on the Parkinson’s GDG. After his diagnosis, Matthew began to design and deliver outreach activities which aimed to improve scientific literacy in the Parkinson’s population. That experience then led him to working closely with Parkinson’s UK and other organisations helping to drive forward a range of PPI activities.

As a NICE Scholar, Matthew will continue this theme by involving current lay members of GDGs in the production of training materials for new lay GDG members.

Pooja Shah

Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia

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Pooja graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 and has since gathered a broad experience of clinical medicine across specialist and general medicine firms as a junior doctor. She is interested in quality improvement and has completed the Darzi fellowship in Leadership and Clinical Medicine during which she was involved in understanding and improving pan-London relationships in liaison psychiatry so as to improve the quality of care delivered to patients.

Pooja currently works as a Specialty Registrar in Anaesthesia at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. As a NICE Scholar, Pooja will aim to implement a pre-emptive and pro-active approach to identifying the older at risk patient presenting for elective surgery in order to be able to carry out individualised strategies to improve those patients’ perioperative care and outcomes. She is interested in being able to challenge attitudes and shift the traditional healthcare professional’s focus from the cure to the prevention of negative patient experiences and outcomes.

Richard Whitehouse

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Richard Whitehouse is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who completed his clinical training at The Universities of Coventry and Warwick, graduating in 2004.

After initially working in LD Forensic Services in England, he moved to Northern Ireland in 2006 to work for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Richard has a specific interest in working with people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour and leads the Northern Trust’s ‘Positive Behaviour Support Service’. This is a multi-disciplinary service aimed at reducing levels of challenging behaviour by using Positive Behaviour Support strategies. The philosophy of the service is to use the least restrictive approaches, promote quality of life for service users and to maintain and improve local community placements.

Richard is also an Honorary Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and contributes to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology’s learning disability teaching as well as offering placements to Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Richard is also Senior Professional Lead for the RESPECT Training Programme (organised though NAViGO) within the Northern Trust and helps to deliver training to all staff working within the Trust’s Learning Disability Services.

As a NICE Scholar, Richard will be undertaking an implementation project to ensure that NICE Guidelines (NG11) ‘Challenging behaviour and learning disabilities: prevention and interventions for people with learning disabilities’ are being implemented within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust’s Learning Disability Service.

Rory Sheehan

Academic Clinical Fellow

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Rory is an academic clinical fellow and higher trainee in psychiatry of intellectual disability at University College London. His research interests are psychotropic medication prescribing and improving evidence-based care for people with intellectual disability and co-morbid health conditions, including investigating how health services can be best delivered to achieve optimal outcomes in this group.

Sarah Onida

Clinical Research Fellow and Specialty Registrar in Vascular Surgery

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Sarah is a vascular surgical registrar, currently in an out of programme placement to complete a PhD on the epidemiology and mechanistic processes involved in the development of varicose veins. She is passionate about improving the care for patients with venous disease, and has authored numerous publications on the subject, including contributing to the European Guidelines on the management of chronic venous disease. Sarah is particularly interested in population studies analysing regional trends and differences in the delivery of healthcare.

As a NICE Scholar, Sarah will assess referral and treatment patterns for patients with varicose veins in England by interrogating primary and secondary care databases. This will provide an assessment of the impact of NICE guideline implementation, regional compliance with guidance, cost analysis, regional differences in referral and procedure patterns and factors associated with this.

Varicose veins are extremely common and have an important, negative impact on quality of life. The aim of this project is to assess guideline implementation, identify factors associated with regional variation in healthcare delivery (including healthcare inequalities) and improve quality of care by supporting the implementation of evidence based guidance.

Simon Jones

Lifeways Group Head of Behavioural Support.

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Simon Jones is Lifeways Group Head of Behavioural Support. He is a qualified applied behavioural analysist and a consultant learning disability nurse. He is also BILD PBS consultant, Expert Witness, PHSO Consultant and a Tizard Associate.

Prior to working for Lifeways Simon worked in and latterly managed NHS Community Learning Disability Teams, NHS Outreach Teams, LD Residential Homes and LD Supported Living schemes, specialising in providing support to people whose behaviours inhibit their quality of life.

Simon has a Master’s Degree from the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent in LD and Autism and two first class degrees in Applied Behavioural Analysis and Community Nursing as well as being a learning disability nurse. In 2008 he was appointed a Queens Nurse and is published author in his field of expertise.

2015-2016 NICE Scholars

Abi Jones

Paediatric Surgery Registrar

Nottingham Children's Hospital

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Transition from Paediatric to Adult Services has not been fully addressed within General Paediatric Surgery. Abi is passionate about adolescent patients being provided with excellent care continuing into adulthood. In response to this, and upcoming NICE transition guidelines, her project is to establish a transition pathway, along with education for patients, families and adult colleagues for the whole spectrum of patients, in particular those with congenital colorectal conditions such as Anorectal malformations and Hirschsprung's disease.

Carley King

Professional Adviser, Physiotherapist

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Carley works as a Professional Adviser at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the professional, educational and trade union body for physiotherapists across the UK. Her current UK wide role as a professional adviser entails supporting physiotherapists to implement research into practice, alongside promoting the role of physiotherapy in public health.

As a NICE Scholar, Carley aims to complete a project collating all NICE accredited respiratory physiotherapy recommendations into one document, with an accompanying step by step audit tool. She will also conduct a survey to assess how useful these documents are in helping physiotherapists implement evidence based guidelines. The report resulting from the project will make recommendations as to whether this approach is useful as a framework for other areas of physiotherapy, or other professions.

Gareth Hynes

Specialist registrar in respiratory medicine

Thames Valley Deanery

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He will use his scholarship to improve services for those with severe asthma in the Thames Valley region. Five per cent of patients with severe asthma use almost 50% of the NHS spend on asthma per year, some £1 billion. There are 50,000 admissions per year attributable to asthma, 75% of which are avoidable, and 3 deaths each day, 90% of which are avoidable.

Working with all members of the multi-disciplinary team to set up a severe asthma service it should be possible to substantially improve the care of this group of patients, preventing emergency admissions and reducing healthcare associated costs. NICE has provided guidelines on such a service, but there is no evidence on how successfully these guidelines are being implemented. He will assess uptake and institute a quality improvement programme in the Thames Valley Deanery aimed at improving care for this vulnerable cohort of patients.

Nick Carleton-Bland

Senior Registrar in Neurosurgery

North Western Deanery

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As a NICE Scholar, Nick will work with the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network on metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). Specifically, he hopes to examine barriers to recognition of the condition by patient and clinicians alike, and in turn provide an intervention to improve access to the MSCC pathway.

Nicola Thorley

Senior Specialty Doctor Sexual Health and HIV Medicine

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

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Nicola’s project with NICE aims to improve the uptake of Hepatitis B screening and vaccination in people attending the sexual health clinics who are at increased risk of Hepatitis B acquisition. She has set up the UHB NHS Foundation Trust Sexual Health Key performance Indicators for Hepatitis B screening and vaccination and will be using a real-time clinically-led benchmarking system to continuously monitor performance and drive the service improvement process. This project is framed within NICE public health guidance.

Nikoletta Panagiotopoulou

Clinical Research Fellow

Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Nikoletta will spend her time as a NICE Scholar focusing on fertility support offered to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer at the Great North Children’s Hospital, which is one of the largest children’s medical centres in the UK with a strong commitment to high quality children’s healthcare. Nikoletta is planning to audit her organisation’s current compliance with the NICE quality standards on fertility support for children and young adults with cancer and to identify barriers and facilitators to implementing NICE guidance. She aims to use knowledge produced to develop educational programmes that will allow for recommendations to be met.

Rachel Squires

Specialist Registrar, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust

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Rachel will use her time as a NICE Scholar to assess the national implementation of NICE guidance on the management of ‘Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage’ and to identify potential barriers to implementation. She aims to improve patient experience by ensuring standardisation of care received by patients experiencing pregnancy loss.

Rishi Mandavia

Otolaryngology NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow

evidENT Team, Ear Institute University College London

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As a NICE Scholar Rishi will conduct a scoping exercise that will inform the development of a national registry of patients with surgically implanted hearing aids. This will facilitate the development of a patient focused registry that will help inform future NICE recommendations and drive future patient centred research. He will be collaborating with colleagues at King’s College London, the Farr Institute of Health Services Research and Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).

Samuel Finnikin

Academic GP Registrar & Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice

Handsworth Wood Medical Centre and University of Birmingham

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Sam is currently undertaking a master’s degree in clinical primary and community care. Sam is interested how research outcomes are translated into clinical practice and how clinical guidelines influence clinician’s behaviours. As a NICE scholar, Sam is looking to utilise ‘big data’ to examine how NICE guidelines are applied in primary care with a specific emphasis on lipid lowering guidance and cardiovascular risk scoring.

Stephen O’Brien

Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Severn Deanery & North Bristol NHS Trust

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Stephen will spend his time as a NICE Scholar looking at how services are delivered to women with severe fear of childbirth. He will seek to understand how pregnant women perceive childbirth as a traumatic experience and how this affects their uptake of services. The project will be the first to study the delivery of NICE recommendations on provision of counselling and Caesarean delivery for women with fear of childbirth in the NHS.

2014-2015 NICE Scholars

Neetu Bansal

Lead Enhanced Recovery Surgical Pharmacist

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Neetu graduated from the University of Manchester with a distinction degree in Pharmacy and subsequently undertook her basic training within the North West. In 2008, she moved to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and trained as an Independent Prescriber at King's College in London. In 2010, she was appointed as the Lead Clinical Pharmacist at the London Bridge Hospital and also undertook an MSc in Advanced Pharmacy, graduating with a distinction. In 2013, Neetu moved back to the North West to take on her current role. Most recently, Neetu has been awarded recognition as one of the first Royal Pharmaceutical Society faculty members in the country.

As the Lead Enhanced Recovery pharmacist, Neetu's role involves working strategically and in collaboration with various members of the multidisciplinary team to implement enhanced recovery pathways within different surgical specialities. The overall aim is to improve patient outcomes and patient experience with an evidence based approach. The benefits of enhanced recovery pathways is fully supported by the Enhanced Recovery Partnership programme between the Department of Health, NHS Improvement and the National Cancer Action Plan.

As a NICE scholar, Neetu aims to undertake a supported improvement project demonstrating the positive impact pharmacists can make in optimising medicines use and improving patient safety by the implementation of various NICE guidance and quality standards along enhanced recovery pathways.

Will Carr

Clinical Specialist in Falls Prevention and Management (Specialist Physiotherapist)

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Will works as Clinical Specialist in Falls Prevention and Management and is a Physiotherapist by profession. He is based at Cheltenham General Hospital in Gloucestershire. His role is split between direct clinical patient contact and non-clinical service development activities. Clinically, he works in a multidisciplinary falls assessment clinic as well as managing his own caseload of patients and triaging falls attendances at the Emergency Department. His countywide remit includes evolving the exercise continuum between NHS and Local Authority exercise classes, facilitating best practice within falls clinics and promoting the falls service pathway as a whole.

Will's Scholarship project will focus on the recently updated NICE guidance surrounding falls prevention in hospital in-patients. He aims to audit his organisation's current compliance with the guidance then develop and deliver education programmes aligned with new assessments and care plans that will allow the recommendations to be met.

Partha Das

Specialist Registrar in Nephrology

South London Rotation

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Partha Das graduated from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2003 with degrees in medicine and neuroscience and a diploma in the history of medicine before undertaking junior medical training at King's College Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital. He commenced specialist registrar training in nephrology and general medicine on the South Thames rotation in 2008. He is chairperson of the UK and Ireland Nephrology SpR Club which represents renal physicians-in-training nationally.

He spent a year working for the organisation NHS Kidney Care and with the Department of Health on a variety of quality improvement and service development projects. These focused on raising the standard of care for patients with kidney disease in England, reducing inequity, fostering shared learning between renal units and advising on national renal healthcare policy. He is currently reading for a Masters degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Partha is interested in the actors and drivers that shape health policy, decision-making behaviour of healthcare professionals, economic aspects of clinical guidelines and the public communication of medicine and science. His project with NICE will examine how primary care and secondary care professionals interact when managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) on the South Coast of England. The project is framed within the context of NICE clinical guidance for CKD and will assess its impact on patient outcomes, provider behaviour and resource use.

Angelos Kolias

Neurosurgical Registrar

Addenbrooke's Hospital & University of Cambridge

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Angelos is an academic clinical trainee in neurosurgery in Cambridge. His research interests include neurotrauma and cerebrovascular diseases. His research, which has received support from a NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship, a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellowship and a Raymond and Beverley Sackler Studentship, currently focuses on the effects of decompressive craniectomy on the injured brain.

Angelos is involved with the IDEAL Collaboration, an initiative which aims to improve the quality of research in surgery. Angelos strongly believes in making clinical research more accessible to trainees and all clinicians. He has been the elected academic representative of the British Neurosurgical Trainees Association (BNTA) since April 2012 and with colleagues from the BNTA, has led the establishment of a research and audit network for neurosurgical trainees in the UK (British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative).

Angelos will spend his time as a NICE Scholar focusing on the management of malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarcts - the most devastating sub-type of ischaemic stroke in terms of high mortality and socio-economic consequences. The proposed project will be the first study to assess the uptake of NICE recommendations regarding decompressive hemi-craniectomy in the NHS.

Mahiben Maruthappu

Foundation Year 1 Doctor

North West Thames

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Mahiben is an Academic Foundation Doctor in North West Thames and is passionate about improving health system quality and efficiency. He serves as Advisor to Thomas Zeltner, Special Envoy of the World Health Organisation; advisor to governments on health policy implementation; Director of the World Surgical Association; and Chairman of the UK Medical Students' Association.

He studied preclinical medicine at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a triple First Class, read clinical medicine at Oxford University, where he was the youngest appointed Teaching Scholar, and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. Mahiben has over 40 academic awards, 40 peer-reviewed publications, and has presented his work across four continents. He has a strong interest in education, authoring three student-targeted medical books.

As a NICE Scholar, Mahiben will focus on the use of structured feedback in surgery. He will be collaborating with colleagues at Harvard University, Imperial College London and Oxford University, with the aim of developing national guidelines on implementing feedback to improve outcomes at the team and individual surgeon level.

Melanie Muller-Forster

NICE Assurance lead

Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC.

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Mel Muller-Forster is NICE Assurance Lead for Plymouth Community Healthcare (PCH) supporting and facilitating the implementation and monitoring of NICE guidance within her organisation. Mel has a clinical background in Podiatry and has also completed an MSc Social Research. Mel is passionate about improving the quality of patient care through the application of evidence based standards such as NICE.

As a NICE Scholar Mel will be undertaking a project to explore PCH staffs' awareness and knowledge of NICE guidelines and understand more fully factors that are likely to facilitate or impede their implementation. The project will make recommendations for improving awareness, knowledge and implementation of NICE guidelines within PCH. Findings from this project may support other organisations to develop their NICE processes and implementation.

Dr Paula Murphy

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

St Andrew's, Northampton

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Dr Paula Murphy studied medicine in Scotland and qualified as a doctor in 2001. She completed her foundation level training in Glasgow before moving to Melbourne where she worked for two years. She returned to the UK to do her basic psychiatric training on the Royal Free rotation in London before sub-specialising in forensic psychiatry on the South London and Maudsley rotation. Currently she works as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at St Andrew's, a mental health charity providing specialised in-patient care. She works on a medium secure ward for male mentally disordered offenders. During her higher training, she was a ‘Prepare to Lead' candidate, a scheme aimed at preparing doctors for leadership roles. She completed a Masters degree in Public Health and Health Services Management at the London School Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2012. Her interests include clinical leadership, mental health policy and quality improvement. She is currently co-editing a handbook on Clinical Leadership and Management for Oxford University Press, in association with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

As a NICE Scholar, Paula will assess the barriers to the implementation of the NICE guidelines on Violence in her organisation. She also aims to develop guidelines on best practice for areas where little guidance exists within the current guidelines. Violence within psychiatric setings remains a signifcant issue and has wide implications on the wellbeing of patients and staff as well as cost implications to the health service, as staff absences as a result of violence adds a significant burden on resources. By identifying and addressing barriers to implementation within her organisation, and disseminating these finding widely, she hopes to improve patient experience and quality of care provided.

Amandip Sahota

NIHR Clinical Research Associate in Infectious Diseases

Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust / University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire

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Amandip completed undergraduate training at the University of Nottingham with an intercalated Bachelor of MedicalSciences degree in 2003. Following junior medical rotations in Birmingham and Sydney, he completed Specialty Training in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at University Hospitals of Leicester in 2013. He achieved the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene with distinction and the Diploma in HIV Medicine. Amandip has been awarded a number of academic prizes including an SpR Exchange Scholarship to Botswana by the British HIV Association.

Amandip has a keen interest in service development and was selected as Clinical Leadership Fellow for the NHS Leadership Academy in 2012. During the 1-year programme run by the King's Fund and Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, he helped establish Leicester's first Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) service as a QIPP initiative, and obtained a PGC in Leadership and Service Improvement. Amandip is currently a post-CCT Clinical Research Associate for the West Midlands (South) CLRN. Based in Coventry, he is gaining experience in research development and delivery with an interest in HIV and tuberculosis (TB), and studying for a PGC in Research Methodology at the University of Warwick.

As a NICE Scholar Amandip will implement guidelines for the screening and treatment of latent TB in the HIV-infected adult cohort of Coventry.

Paul Sutton

Specialty Registrar in General Surgery

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Paul qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2006 before completing the Academic Foundation Programme in Trent Deanery. He followed this with Core Surgical Training in the North West obtaining his NTN in General Surgery in Mersey in 2010 where he has expressed subspecialty interests in Colorectal Surgery and Surgical Oncology. To further this interest he was awarded a Cancer Research (UK) Clinical Research Training Fellowship whereby he is currently reading for a PhD at the University of Liverpool; the focus of his research is predicting response to neoadjuvant therapies in metastatic and advanced colorectal cancer. He plans to return to full time clinical training in 2015 and subsequently aspires to a Clinical Lectureship.

His research interests are complemented with a strong commitment to medical education, facilitated by his membership of the Opportunities in Surgery committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Alongside this Paul has developed an interest in Humanitarian Surgery. He is a member of the UK International Emergency Trauma Register and has completed short term placements in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria, most recently with the charity Operation Hernia.

Paul's interest in NICE was sparked following the presentation of one of his audits as a Shared Learning Award at the 2013 NICE Annual Conference. He will spend his time as a NICE scholar working towards the development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) for colorectal cancer.

Lesley Wilson

Head of Clinical Effectiveness

St Andrew's, Northampton

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Lesley Wilson qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1994 and after a clinical career predominately in the substance misuse field moved into Quality and Governance in 2004. While working in Quality and Governance Lesley has worked within acute, primary care and mental health settings giving a wide range of experience. As Head of Clinical Effectiveness for St Andrew's, a charity providing secure care for mental health, learning disability, autism and brain injury, Lesley is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of evidence based, best practice guidance, care pathways and clinical standards, health records and CPA.

A key challenge for an organisation such as St Andrew's is the highly specialised and complex needs of patients and the ability for clinicians to easily access the key and relevant best practice guidance and research evidence for their patients. As a NICE Scholar Lesley will work with the Charity's Clinical Directors to develop evidence based, diagnosis specific care pathways, which clearly detail treatment and therapeutic options. As the Charity's patients tend to have multiple diagnoses complex mental health needs the project will also aim to develop an online resource which will bring together guidance and research as well as advice on approved procedures and treatments within the Charity.