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Head of Clinical Assurance, Digital Assessment Service
Enid has set up a NICE enabler for review and input from clinicians across NHS Digital. This seeks expertise when appropriate and keeps individuals informed about the NICE landscape. Enid has also been encouraging active participation in GDG’s and with recent surveys.
Enid has reviewed processes for development and review within NHS Choices to ensure cycles are based upon NICE guideline and update timing. She has introduced regular NICE update meetings internally and on a monthly basis with NICE to discuss any issues and discrepancies.
Consultant Physiotherapist, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust
Gail organised a 1 day conference: ‘Maximising Best Evidence: A NICE day out.’ David Haslam and Joanne McCormack both presented at the day which explored the barriers and solutions to implementing NICE guidelines, as well as promoting the tools and resources available to support implementation. 38 delegates from primary and secondary care, managers, commissioners, educators, researchers and patient representatives attended. Multimoribidity, low back pain, and sciatica and osteoarthritis were the guidelines focused on during the presentations and workshops.
Gail is commissioning, co-writing and editing a number of sessions which will make up the musculoskeletal ePain module (free online training for NHS professionals), this is in conjunction with Health Education England, The Royal College of Aneathetists and The British Pain Society. One session is specifically about NICE Low back pain and Sciatica guidelines and a second on back pain, also relating to these guidelines. NICE's approval will be sought for the NICE back pain module.
Gail has delivered several 4 and 5 day training sessions to NHS staff which specifically refer to the NICE Low back pain and sciatica guidelines and also the NICE research recommendations.
Gail is leading an international project group on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Pain, tasked with producing a guide – ‘Addressing the evidence to practice gap.’ The document will outline the challenges, summarise the evidence, present 4 case studies and highlight implications for policy and practice. It explicitly refers to NICE and NICE clinical guidelines and one of the case studies concerns implementation of these into practice.
Director of Nursing, Professional Practice and People’s Experience
Jane has engaged with Chris Connell on a medicine management in care homes project and they are currently organising a multi-agency workshop to discuss the challenges and how NICE can support improvement. She has been active in raising the profile of NICE and the fellows programme, for example, through blogs and an article in NICETimes. Jane contributed to NICE Adult Social Care Quality Matters.
Jane has worked to integrate NICE quality standards into the contracting and commissioning process with independent care home providers. While this should drive quality improvement, there is no guarantee and it is difficult to demonstrate a direct correlation between improved contracting and improved care. Jane has therefore supported development of a Quality Assessment and Improvement Team (QuAIT). A new manager has been appointed and a registered nurse added to the team. The work and competencies have been revised. This has provided the capacity to build trusting relationships with care homes and regularly undertake quality visits.
The team produce regular reports highlighting those performing well on the contract and indicators and those that are challenged. They are able to provide support and advice to care home managers and staff and have become a critical part of the Trust care home governance process.
Jane has been offering free education and training to private, independent and voluntary sector providers of care. This has been well received and applications to access free education resources has exceeded expectations. Jane is in the process of developing a research proposal in collaboration with Plymouth University to evaluate the impact of the free education on staff and care.
Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery
Jeremy acted as an ambassador for NICE at national meetings and conferences within his field. He has co-authored 3 technology appraisal reports through the links with Warwick University developed as part of his Fellowship. Jeremy discussed his NICE Fellowship in his successful NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship selection process.
Professor of Social Policy and Criminology, Loughborough University
Jo presented to the NICE strategy board meeting. She has presented on the Fellowship and NICE more broadly within her own University and externally, including to government departments and the national Public Policy Exchange conference on safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. NICE also features in her international work, for example with the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.
Jo incorporates NICE (and evidence search) into her graduate and postgraduate teaching. She supported Anne Weist and Deborah O’Callaghan to give an introduction on NICE to social policy and social care students.
During the last 12 months Jo has continued to link through the social care collaborating centre, specifically her connections with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfa) and SCIE. Jo has also represented NICE on the International Collegiate and Agency National Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (INCADVA).
Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Swansea University
For 2 years, the NICE education manager supported the delivery of the Student Champion Scheme at Swansea University, which Julia co-facilitated. In year 3 Julie delivered the training without the need for NICE to travel to Swansea. The University are now looking to develop an e-learning resource on evidence search, with existing student champions, that will educate about the search engine in a sustainable way. Julia has also developed several resources introducing NICE guidance into the nursing curriculum.
Julia has led a small research team to carry out a study about NICE student champions, which has been submitted for publication. It has also been accepted as a conference abstract for the Higher Education Academy’s Annual Conference 2018.
Julia has continued to progress her work to enhance the Patient and Public Involvement agenda in Wales. She chairs the All Wales Supporting Community Engagement in Healthcare Education Network.
Julia presented her work, along with alumni Fellow, Maria Dyban at an event in Cardiff called NICE Guidance: from the website to the ground.
Consultant in Microbiology and Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Peter has been appointed as a specialist member of the surgical site infection committee. He has also been appointed as an expert advisor for Centre for Clinical Practice and in this capacity has provided a review as to whether an update was required of guideline NG15 Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use.
He is a standing member of our public health advisory committee for the management of common infections and during his time as a Fellow was also specialist member for 2 quality standard advisory committees. He has provided expert comments as a clinical advisor on ‘Devices for monitoring hand washing’ for the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme.
Peter organised a symposium on guidelines and quality standards for infection prevention and control, healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship for 2 national conferences which included Mark Baker talking about why we need guidance, as well as Peter talking about the guidelines.
Rachel was successful in getting endorsement of training material to support obesity and malnutrition. The material has been central to a related piece of work with the World Health Organisation to develop an obesity training course for primary care staff.
Rachel is currently developing a project with the RCGP to push forward mulitmorbidity management in primary care. She has liaised with NICE around possible links and is planning to work with the implementation team to explore opportunities to bring the guideline to a wider GP audience.
Rachel has presented on liver disease at several national conferences, such as Primary Care and Public Health 2017. NICE guidance underpins these sessions but adoption has been poor, partly due to a mismatch between guidance and local availability of care pathways and testing facilities.
Rachel is a member of the joint SACN, NHSE and Diabetes UK working group on low carbohydrate/high fat diets compared to current government advice and will ensure NICE guidance is considered. She is the RCGP representative on the Collaborative Obesity Health Alliance and chairs a network of GPs with an interest in nutrition.
Consultant Physiotherapist, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Rob is involved in the National Shared Decision Making Collaborative. The Fellowship has also enabled him to develop links with his local Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and a research team at The University of Southampton. With his AHSN he is continuing to explore the development of a single point of access model using an online platform.
Along with the research team at The University of Southampton, Rob has submitted an NIHR research for patient benefit grant application to develop and feasibly test a digital decision aid to provide tailored evidence based advice to support treatment choices in low back pain (“treat-back”).
Learning and Improvement Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC NWL
Vimal has promoted NICE at the London Allied Health Professions Forum, at NIHR CLAHRC NWL learning events and via social media. He has also taught students on Masters level courses about NICE. This has included sign-posting to NICE evidence search, the use of quality standards in clinical practice and improvement examples.
He has encouraged colleagues and improvement leader Fellows to use NICE evidence search as a starting point for quality improvement initiatives and has also supported 2 shared learning submissions.
2014-17 NICE Fellows
Senior Specialist Registrar in Public Health, Department of Health
Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi has been committed to a career in public health since medical school. She studied Social Anthropology with a placement exploring the Cuban public health system for her elective. After completing MRCP a European/NHS SHO exchange and a humanitarian mission with Médecins Sans Frontières in South Sudan, she became a NIHR Fellow in Public Health and completed a PhD in epidemiology at UCL supervised by Professor Sir Michael Marmot and funded through a Wellcome Trust fellowship. Her research focused on the social epidemiology of female obesity in lower-income countries and she has published on the role of education and wealth in China, Egypt, Brazil, India and other emerging economies.
On starting the NICE fellowship she was a specialist adviser in public health to the Department of Health to the team delivering on the Secretary of State's Reducing Avoidable Mortality Programme team and developed a consensus framework for system-wide action on comorbidities, co-produced by DH/NHS/PHE and third sector partners.
As a NICE Fellow she plans to continue working across the health and care system as a public health practitioner and academic to build the evidence-base necessary for cost-effective and equitable delivery of public health programmes at local level, creating links between national and local level public health players. She is also interested in future forecasting epidemiological trends of non-communicable diseases and their impact on society and believes NICE is an ideal institution for continuing to develop and promote evidence-based, population level approaches to improving health, preventing disease and reducing inequalities.
General Practitioner, Montpelier Health Centre
Rachel had been a GP partner in a busy Bristol inner city practice for 18 years.
She believes in striving for clinical excellence for all patients, but also treating patients with compassion, being a listening ear, and helping them with their needs whether they be financial, housing, emotional, physical or psychological in nature. This can lead to GPs treading a difficult path between best practice and the needs of the patient. This is an area that would benefit from some work, looking at how GPs can be enabled to achieve clinical excellence within their consulting room.
She has been very involved in community gynaecology pathways and strategies for many years working with Primary Care Trusts and more recently with the Clinical Commissioning Group. She currently runs a gynaecology advice and guidance service for local GPs. She is also a trustee for a local charity; Off the Record, providing free confidential counselling for 12-25y olds.
Consultant Occupational Physician
Dr Sally Coomber was appointed Clinical Lead for Accreditation of Occupational Health (OH) services at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2011. In 2010 she completed the Senior Clinical Leadership Programme in the East of England. Having left the NHS she joined Public Health England in January 2014 as their first Consultant Occupational Physician, with the challenge of introducing high quality OH in a new and diverse PH organisation with 5300 staff on 115 sites across the UK. Having spent many years working with the NHS, county council, fire and police services Sally is now working in a more strategic role, profiling hazard and risks of laboratory work with infectious diseases, including high containment facilities and travel to high-risk areas.
Her clinical interests include assessing mental health in the workplace, the health of doctors, health surveillance for
The clinical skills and competencies that occupational health practitioners develop can add greatly to the health and work interface. Dr Sally Coomber intends to use her NICE Fellowship to explore the potential of clinical care pathways for OH, making it transparent where and how OH works and how its distinctive working relationships interact. She also intends to develop her ideas for START, a 'simple toolkit for auditing regular tasks' in OH. This can provide widely available quality assurance tools as part of the foundations of good practice for the speciality.
Principal Care Consultant, Orders of St John Care Trust, Lincolnshire
Victoria Elliot is Principal Care Consultant (Research and Innovation) with the Orders of St John Care Trust, a not for profit charity caring for 3,500 residents in 70 care homes across four counties. Prior to her current role, Victoria was Care Director with the Trust for seven years, responsible for all aspects of clinical governance. During this period she appointed the first My Home Life Admiral Nurse posts in the care home sector, in conjunction with My Home Life and Dementia UK. Victoria has worked in a variety of clinical and managerial roles in the NHS prior to her appointment with OSJCT.
Victoria aims to raise awareness of NICE amongst both nurses and care staff in the social care sector, and also to make guidance from NICE more accessible and relevant to care teams in residential and nursing homes. She will use her time as a Fellow to influence outputs from NICE to ensure that they reflect the needs of the social care sector and make a tangible difference to the lived experience of both residents and care teams in this sector.
Clinical Education, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr Veronica Maynard, Senior Lecturer Postgraduate Clinical Education and Lead for Evidence Based Medicine BMBS Programme, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD).
Veronica originally qualified as a physiotherapist in 1986 from the Royal London Hospital and then worked clinically, both in the UK and in Australia from 1986-1997. During this time, she specialised in paediatric neurology, with clinical and managerial posts at St Mary's Hospital Paddington; Great Ormond Street; and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney. From 1991-1993, she completed an MSc in Research Methods at Kings College, London; and in 2004 was awarded a PhD from Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth for research into the effects of muscle stretch on spasticity in stroke patients.
Veronica has been actively involved in the leadership and design of both undergraduate and postgraduate educational programmes, with a particular focus on
The focus of Veronica's fellowship will be around ensuring that the principles and practice of evidence based medicine and shared decision making are embedded into the medical curriculum at PU PSMD and that through collaboration with NICE, to ensure their experiences are shared with other colleges throughout the region, both locally and nationally. As a NICE Fellow, she will act as an educational ambassador, contributing to the education strategy at NICE and to their guidance programmes and initiatives; to help ensure that medical and dental students emerge with a sound understanding of evidence based practice and shared decision making, and an in-depth understanding of the work of NICE.
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Head of Pharmacy & Clinical Director Medicines Optimisation, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
She has led the process of change management within several NHS organisations. Examples include the development of pharmacy satellites operating at ward level as part of the Medicines Management Agenda, redesigning services such as clinical pharmacy services to Clinical Decisions Unit/Acute Admissions, extended pharmacy opening hours, skill mix review projects and discharge clinics to facilitate reduction in length of stay. She has also been closely engaged with the medication safety agenda, Clinical Governance and patient experience committees as part of the CQC requirements.
Director of Sector Development - Skills, Skills for Care
Andy Tilden works for Skills for Care as Director of Sector Development - Skills. Skills for Care is a registered charity which supports employers to develop the skills of the 1.63 million social care workers in England and to plan for the future workforce. Andy leads a standards, learning and qualifications team, an apprenticeship team and has overall management for area teams in the South West, the Midlands and the North West.
Andy initially trained as teacher before moving into residential child care and education welfare work. He then re-trained and worked as a social worker before moving into lecturing. Andy then joined the NHS to work as a trainer and a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) assessment centre manager before helping to set up a small charity to offer training and qualifications to the health and social care sector. He eventually joined Topps England (the predecessor of Skills for Care) in 2000. He has been involved in a range of NICE guidance and standards projects.
Throughout his work career Andy has always maintained his twin interests of social care and learning and development. He regards the Fellowship as a natural progression and intends to focus his energies on ensuring that NICE guidance and standards ‘reach the parts of the sector that others have failed to reach' in order to support workers and employers to drive up quality for those who receive care and support!
Consultant Respiratory Physician, Nottingham University hospitals
David Baldwin was appointed Consultant Physician with an interest in respiratory medicine at Nottingham City Hospital (now Nottingham University Hospitals) in 1996. He is Honorary Associate Professor
He has written several chapters in well-known respiratory and general medical textbooks and has co-edited two books. He has co-supervised post-graduate students for higher degrees. He is enthusiastic about the use of interventional respiratory procedures in the diagnostic and staging process. He is Lead Clinician for the Nottingham Lung Cancer Centre. His national duties include the posts of Honorary Secretary of the British Thoracic Society, Clinical Lead on the NICE Lung Cancer Guideline Development Group (published in April 2011), and Chair of the Quality Standards Group on Lung Cancer ( published 2012). He enjoys time with his family and is a keen windsurfer and advanced instructor.
GP, Clinical Commissioner, St James Medical Centre/Somerset CCG
Rosie is an experienced GP in Somerset and has been involved in commissioning for the last five years. She sits on the Governing Body of the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and leads
Rosie intends to spend her time as a NICE Fellow understanding how commissioners can ensure full implementation of NICE guidance across a patient pathway with the changes in the commissioning structures. This will involve working with primary and secondary care colleagues, and commissioners in both the National Commissioning Board and Local Authority. Rosie is passionate about improving the quality of care for patients in Somerset and believes the NICE fellowship is an opportunity to enhance this.
General Practitioner at Oakley and Overton Partnership, Dementia Lead for North Hampshire CCG
Nicola works as a GP partner in a semi-rural practice in Hampshire. She is passionate about pathways and systems and has shown that investing in service redesign pays off and delivers improved outcomes in terms of patient outcomes, staff efficiency and satisfaction.
As dementia lead for the North Hampshire CCG, she is implementing the NICE dementia pathway which will encourage integrated care across health, social, primary and secondary care.
The Department of Health and our patients believe that Primary Care holds the key to accurate diagnosis and the ongoing management of patients with Dementia. Nicola believes that there are obstacles in the way, which need to be explored.
Nicola plans to interview a balanced sample of stakeholders in her Clinical Commissioning Group in the utilisation of the NICE dementia guidelines to understand the incentives and hindrances to successful implementation.
Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University
Krysia qualified as a physiotherapist at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1982. In 1997 Krysia completed her PhD at Keele University and became a Senior Research Fellow at Keele and a West Midlands Physiotherapy Clinical Trialist, a post focussing on enhancing
Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Medical Lead for Bariatrics, Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Hartland qualified in Medicine in 1991, having won a scholarship whilst at medical school. He is currently Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Bariatric Physician and Medical Lead for Obesity Services at Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust. Walsall Hospital is a designated Tertiary Referral centre for Bariatric Surgery. In 2009 Dr Hartland became Medical Lead in the Development of Walsall PcTs Level 3 Medical Weight Management Services. These services were some of the first Level 3 services to be developed in line with Dept of Health policy. He became the inaugural Chair of the West Midlands Section of the National Obesity Forum in 2008, a position he still
Dr Hartland aims to use his Fellowship to champion the implementation of NICE Guidance on the prevention of type 2 diabetes. This will involve developing training and up-skilling currently commissioned providers of medical weight management services at levels 2 and 3 to help reconfigure these services to provide diabetes prevention which is both clinically and cost effective. Once established, this model can be rolled out regionally and nationally.
Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, St. George's Hospital, London. Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George's Medical School, University of London
Asma Khalil is a consultant obstetrician at St George's Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at St George's Medical School, University of London. She is a subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. She is lead for the Multiple Pregnancy
She has published more than 30
She is an active member of the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologists (RCOG), British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society (BMFMS), International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis and therapy (ISPD), International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG), International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) and Society
Director of Nursing and Quality, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Amanda Parker is director of nursing and quality at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is responsible for the quality of care and clinical governance arrangements for the hospital. She works with all clinical teams ensure that services are safe and effective, providing patients with the highest possible quality of care and experience during their interaction with the trust. She has a background in general nursing in the acute settings, having trained at The Middlesex Hospital, London. Over the last 30 years, she has been involved in nursing in a variety of roles both clinical and academic and specialised in perioperative care working as a scrub and anaesthetic nurse.
Amanda will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focussing on encouraging and supporting nurses' involvement and understanding of all aspects of NICE work programmes and other guidance development. Amanda is also keen to develop her nursing networks and to liaise with other nurses involved in NICE activities in order to develop a co-ordinated approach to raising awareness of NICE consultations, NICE quality standards, pathways and implementation tools.
Director of Therapies and Health Science, Powys teaching Health Board
Amanda is Director of Therapies and Health Sciences at Powys teaching Health Board in
In her current role, Amanda has responsibility for the quality and safety agenda across the teaching Health Board. Her contribution to the NHS Wales agenda includes her role as Chair of the Expert Scrutiny Panel for Review of Communication Aid provision in Wales; she is a member of the National Clinical Audit and Review Advisory Committee and the National Quality and Safety Forum through which she promotes improvement in clinical governance, quality and healthcare standards. As a member of the Strategic Education Development Group, Amanda has initiated a review of post-graduate training for Allied Health Professions in Wales.
Amanda participated on the NICE Guidance Development Group for Patient Experience (CG138). Her particular focus as a NICE Fellow will be
Consultant in stroke medicine, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Liz trained at Oxford University and Guy's /St Thomas' Medical school (UMDS).
After junior medical posts at Guy's and Northwick Park
As a NICE
Paediatric Urology and Transplant Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
His clinical time is divided between transplantation in which he co-leads the paediatric and living donor programmes, and paediatric urology, with special interests in neuropathic and reconstructive urology, surgery for kidney failure and disorders of sex development. He also provides paediatric surgery and urology services at Royal Derby and Chesterfield Royal Hospitals.
'Congenital grown-up' urology is a specific interest of Alun's which draws in many elements of his eclectic
Alun's interest in NICE was sparked by
2012-15 NICE Fellows
Consultant in Renal Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
David trained at Cambridge University and St Thomas's Hospital Medical School. Following
David plans to work with primary care clinical staff, including medical, nursing and pharmacy colleagues, to implement NICE CKD guidelines (CG73). Chronic disease management for patients with CKD, frequently on a background of diabetes and vascular disease, is often complex and confusing. The clear presentation of sequential clinical data, including laboratory, radiological and clinical information is necessary for correct diagnosis and to formulate a logical management plan. David proposes to work with colleagues in the community to develop methods of sharing and presenting data, in order to enhance clinical decision-making and guideline implementation.
Academic General Practitioner, Lichfield Grove Surgery and UCL
Dr Alena Chong initially trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, before becoming a portfolio GP. Undergraduate medical education is a key interest as she organises the final year GP Assistantship Course at UCL Medical School. Recently, she was presented with The UCL Excellence in Medical Education Award and The Miriam Friedman
As a NICE Fellow, she intends to develop a research portfolio to complement her current GP and teaching roles. Her
General Practitioner, Aneurin Bevan GP out-of-hours service and Kings Road Surgery, Cardiff
Dr Maria Dyban intends to spend her time as a NICE Fellow expanding on her existing paediatric work as well advocating the use of relevant NICE guidance related to in-hours and out-of-hours General Practice. She wants to encourage collaboration between primary and secondary care and Royal Colleges in order to improve standards of care. She hopes to decrease the burden of clinical negligence litigation on the NHS by ensuring patients are given the best medical care and advocating the use of
Lead clinical research therapist, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust & NIHR North East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Comprehensive Local Research Network
Angela Green is lead clinical research therapist at the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. She is responsible for co-ordinating research and clinical governance activities for therapy services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetic, speech and language therapy, orthotic and prosthetic services) within her Trust. She works with therapy staff to ensure that services are effective, efficient and of the highest possible quality. This is achieved through monitoring patient safety, patient and staff experience and auditing
Angela will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focussing on improving alignment of local rehabilitation pathways with best available evidence. This is to be achieved through work with local commissioners, health and social care agencies, leisure providers and the voluntary sector. Angela is also keen to develop her AHP networks and to liaise with other AHPs involved in NICE activities in order to develop a co-ordinated approach to raising awareness of NICE consultations, NICE quality standards, pathways and implementation tools. She also views her fellowship as an opportunity to act as a conduit between AHPs, NICE and the NIHR to identify gaps in evidence or guidance and to highlight new and innovative ways of working.
General Practitioner, RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion
Dr Dominic Horne is Lead GP and Clinical Services Director at Worcester Walk-in Health Centre. He is a member of the RCGP Midland Faculty Board and the NHS Clinical Leaders Network. He is involved in clinical governance, leadership training and service redesign. Dominic's clinical interests include Urgent and Unscheduled Care and Respiratory medicine as well as Public Health, particularly the social determinants of health. He is also passionate about sustainable healthcare.
As a Fellow, Dominic intends to promote the work of NICE amongst colleagues throughout the West Midlands. He will be looking at various aspects of Urgent and Unscheduled Care, including: telemedicine; the role of Walk-in Centres, Minor Injury Units and Urgent Care Centres; investigating how best to involve GPs in A+E; promoting greater integration between
Consultant Ophthalmic and Oculoplastic Surgeon, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Jonathan Norris is a consultant ophthalmologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a special interest in oculoplastic, lacrimal and orbital surgery and is the current clinical governance lead for the Oxford Eye Hospital. He has written over 30 papers relating to Ophthalmology and was previously an honorary clinical lecturer at Leeds University Medical School. He currently volunteers for the Open Eyes Foundation aimed at developing electronic patient records (EPR) nationally in Ophthalmology. Jonathan is currently studying for an MSc at Oxford University in Surgical Science and Practice for which he was awarded a Department for Continuing Education Scholarship. The aim of this course is to develop systems within the NHS to improve patient care.
In his role as a NICE Fellow, Jonathan aims to develop a combined dermatology and oculoplastic tumour service. His aim is to evaluate the NICE guidance relating to eyelid skin cancer and to assess the economic impact of this service locally. He also aims to incorporate NICE guidance into the Open Eyes Foundation EPR system and secondarily develop surgical benchmarks in oculoplastic surgery. The third arm of his Fellowship is to act as a conduit between NICE and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, promoting NICE locally.
Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Rajini Ramana is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry at The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, Department of Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Regional Advisor for the Eastern Division of the College. She has worked in a variety of settings in acute care and community services and has considerable leadership experience in service development and training and education. Her clinical and research interest is in chronic and treatment refractory depression and in severe mental illness that co-exists with other long term physical illnesses. . She is currently the Principal Investigator in Cambridge, for a multicentre randomised controlled trial that hopes to evaluate the clinical and
As a NICE Fellow and a member of the NICE implementation group of her Trust, Rajini hopes she will play a key role in promoting the principles of evidence -based care in her organisation. She is particularly keen to engage with local commissioners and health and social care providers and contribute to the incorporation of NICE quality standards in the commissioning of collaborative care packages for people with long -term mental disorders and co-morbid physical illness. As part of her current research, she is carrying out an audit on compliance with NICE guidelines for the treatment of depression, as well as qualitative research that aims to identify barriers and drivers to the provision of evidence-based care . She is setting up a specialist service for Affective Disorders in her Trust along with key clinical and academic colleagues. This aim of this service will be to enhance basic and clinical research into affective and anxiety disorders, to provide a specialist service for patients with complex and severe affective and anxiety disorders in the region and to deliver training and education. She is also working on a project to incorporate NICE guidelines into the new clinical information system for patient records. The aim of this is to ensure that frontline clinicians are prompted to consider NICE guidelines when designing treatment and care plans and to streamline data collection and evaluation to simplify procedures for auditing NICE compliance. As a Regional Advisor, she works with a network of regional representatives from many mental health trusts and will be able to be enhance communication and information sharing between NICE and the membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Senior Social Work, Keele University
Mo Ray is a Senior Lecturer in Social work at the University of Keele. Her background is in social work practice with older people having worked as a social worker, care manager and manager in Gloucestershire and Surrey. Her desire to understand more about research in social gerontology led her to the Centre for Social Gerontology at Keele University where she completed part-time doctoral research. Since that time she has become a full-time member of the social work group and teaches Masters and Undergraduate Social Work students. She specialises in practice based education with a focus on social work with older people and has a strong interest in social work with older people living with dementia. She has a strong interest in practice development projects and participatory research. She has worked on projects funded by the ESRC; the EU, voluntary agencies such as Anchor Trust and Social Service Departments. She has published a number of books and articles focusing on social work with older people and critical practice in gerontological social work. She has developed a range of CPD courses aimed at raising standards in direct care and practice with older people and has a particular interest in changing cultures of care in the residential care sector.
As a Fellow, Mo hopes to contribute to raising the profile of social care practice with older people with high support needs and the role of social work with older people. She hopes to use her interest in education and training/CPD to contribute to the work of the social care programme at NICE.
Senior Special Care Dentist, United Hospitals Bristol Primary Care Dental Service and NHS Foundation Trust
Liz is a Senior Special Care dentist with the United Hospitals Bristol Primary Care Dental Service and is based in Bath, Somerset. Special Care Dentistry is concerned with the provision of oral care and the improvement of oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of a number of these factors. In the course of her work Liz undertakes domiciliary dental care in residential and nursing homes, general dental care in specially equipped surgeries as well as providing dental care under general anaesthetic for those unable to cooperate for care in any other way. After qualifying at University College Hospital, London, Liz spent many years working in Zimbabwe before returning to the UK in 2002 and has a special interest in the equity of and access to care, particularly of the elderly. She is also the Clinical Governance lead for the UHBristol Primary Care Dental Service.
During her time as a NICE Fellow Liz will be acting as an ambassador for NICE at a local and regional level alerting both dentists and dental care professionals to the lesser known aspects of the work of NICE. The new Health and Social Care Bill envisages Local Commissioning Groups as having an important role to play in NHS dentistry in the future and Liz intends to use her Fellowship role to ensure that dentistry, and in particular Special Care dentistry takes its rightful place in the new contract. On a wider level Liz would like to work with the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) to promote NHS Evidence to the profession at large. Finally, as a result of her work abroad, she looks forward to exploring how the work of NICE International could be developed to be of practical dental relevance to those with few resources thus contributing to the development and promotion of high quality, sustainable oral health strategies in low and middle income countries.
Adult Psychiatry and Honorary Lecturer
Dr Tremblay is Consultant in Adult General Psychiatry as part of a Community Mental Health Team providing specialist mental health services to the Northwich population in Cheshire.
She completed her specialist training in Quebec, Canada, as well as her Master's Degree in Experimental Sciences.
Over years Dr Tremblay has held various posts within her Trust including Clinical Director, Chair of the ElectroConvulsive Therapy Group and Medical Governor. This exposure to medical management and governance helped shape an interest for the effective management of disorders through the use of Integrated Care Pathways.
Dr Tremblay developed a special interest
As a Fellow of NICE, Dr Tremblay wishes to expand this interest in
2011-14 NICE Fellows
Head of Policy and Communication, United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Colin Angel joined the United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) in October 2004 as Head of Policy and Communication. He was originally a Registered Nurse and an NHS manager before moving into health and social care recruitment and staffing services. His experience includes international recruitment, local authority contracting and the regulation of nurses' and domiciliary care agencies in all four UK administrations.
UKHCA is a not-for-profit professional association committed to promoting high quality, sustainable care services to help people live at home and in their local community. Colin's role is to represent the views of independent and voluntary sector homecare providers with policy makers and to provide the Association's member organisations with up-to-date information about developments in social care policy and practice.
Colin leads a team who produce guidance, resources and analysis for homecare providers. He is a member of the Care Quality Commission's Provider Advisory Group and the co-author of the Adult Protection Toolkit for Domiciliary Care Agencies, written jointly with national charity, Action on Elder Abuse.
Colin will use his Fellowship and his specialist knowledge to assist NICE design new quality standards into the social care sector. As a member of the Care Providers Alliance, he works with the other ten national professional associations across England, representing the residential, domiciliary care and adult placement providers in the independent and voluntary sectors.
ENT Consultant, Deputy Medical Director, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Nigel was a student at Guy's Hospital in London, and then trained in Nottingham, Liverpool, Oxford and Toronto, Canada, before returning to Nottingham as a consultant in 2002. Nigel was Clinical Director of ENT from 2004 to 2007 and then worked with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement as their clinical lead for cancer from 2007 to 2008. He was appointed Deputy Medical Director at Nottingham University Hospital (NUH) in October 2007 and has taken on responsibility for appraisal and revalidation, and clinical effectiveness, including the implementation of NICE guidance.
Nigel aims to investigate the use of clinical indicators and clinical audit, linked to NICE guidance and quality standards, as strategic tools to drive change and sustain improvements in patient outcomes at NUH. Working with local, regional (Quality Observatory) and national (Information Centre) teams he plans to develop a dashboard of clinical indicators for use by patients, the public and staff to monitor the implementation of NICE guidance and quality standards at NUH. Nigel is keen to explore sustainability models around the maintenance of high standards of clinical care and share the assurance framework, dashboard and sustainability models with other secondary care organisations. He is supervising Owen Bennett, NICE Scholar (2011/12), they are looking at the development of new coding systems to monitor the implementation of NICE Interventional Procedure Guidance. Nigel is also a member of the independent Advisory Committee for NICE's Commissioning Outcomes Framework.
Consultant Psychiatrist and Public Education Officer, NHS North Yorkshire and York
Paul Blenkiron is an NHS consultant in adult and community psychiatry at Bootham Park Hospital in York. He is also Public Education Officer for the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Northern and Yorkshire Division, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Hull-York Medical School and Leeds University. He has a special interest in cognitive behaviour therapy
In his role as NICE Fellow, Paul will be working with the Department of Health Sciences at York University and with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He will evaluate the impact of NICE guidelines upon front line mental health services. We already know that simply producing guidelines is not enough to make a practical difference to patient care. This project will focus
Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath
Louise Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Bath. Her background is in child protection practice having worked as a child protection officer for the NSPCC and a number of local authorities in the South West. The lack of a strong evidence-base for her practice led her to start a second career in academia at the Thomas Coram Research Unit,
Louise is one of a small number of social work academics in the UK who have experience of using a wide range of research methods to generate evidence including RCTs', cost-benefit analysis, qualitative approaches and innovatory methods enabling service users to take control of the research process. She has worked on projects funded by the NHS Executive examining the impact of integrated health and social care services on older people living in the community. She has published her work widely, is part of a number of European research networks and is on the Editorial Board of Public Management Review. With over 15 years experience of undertaking service evaluations her current areas of interest are in using innovative models of care to improve practice, innovation and ageing, change management and the use of accreditation to raise quality standards. She has been a Trustee at SCIE since 2010.
As a Fellow, Louise will contribute to the development of NICE's social care work programme.
Programme Manager - Project Diamond, NHS London
Janice has worked in finance in the NHS for over 20 years. For the majority of that time she has worked in national specialised services, collaborating closely with clinicians in service development for patients with rare conditions. Last year, Janice was asked to lead Project Diamond (a network of the large teaching and specialist hospitals in London) to look at funding issues for specialist treatments, particularly in relation to the PbR tariff. Using Patient Level Information & Costing Systems (PLICs), the trusts are beginning to benchmark costs and productivity at individual patient level. Comparisons are being made with other organisations nationally, with the aim of influencing the development of specialist best-practice tariffs.
Janice will spend her time as a NICE Fellow using PLICs to help assess the clinical cost and benefits of introducing new technologies and standards, particularly around integrated patient pathways and assessment of health value over time. She will encourage a holistic approach to cost assessment, with patients actively involved in decisions about evidenced-based options.
Janice is also interested in the wider concept of public value within a society and follows this interest through her fellowship of the RSA as well with other social-sector organisations.
Senior Professional Tutor in the Section of Wound Healing, Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing, Cardiff University
Jacqui is currently Senior Professional Tutor at the Section of Wound Healing in Cardiff, Principal Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University of Hertfordshire and Editor of Wounds UK. She developed her interest in wound care when working in her first staff post at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. The then Director of Nursing Pamela Hibbs had a strong interest in Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management and Jacqui was intrigued to see the huge differences in care delivery and priorities when she moved to Manchester. Her first role as Clinical Specialist for Calderdale Healthcare Trust encompassed 3 hospitals and 18 community health care centres. After this she moved into the Higher Education sector teaching entirely on Tissue Viability. Throughout this time she has maintained her clinical role initially with East & North Hertfordshire and more recently with Cardiff and Vale UHB.
She will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focusing on issues that both raise the profile of wound healing nationally and help standardise the care patients receive irrespective of where they are in the UK. Her 3 stage project will cover; the development of a communication network for those involved in the delivery of wound care, the
Jacqui sees her role in this project as a facilitator and communication hub for
Reader and Honorary Consultant, Psychiatry of Learning Disability, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust & UCL
Angela Hassiotis is a clinical academic and honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disabilities at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She is based within the Camden Learning Disabilities Service. She has
She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Finance Officer of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Learning Disability and chair of a special interest group of an international members research organisation in learning disabilities (IASSID) and
She will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focusing on issues relevant to the implementation of NICE guidelines within the newly developed service lines in her trust and will investigate how guidelines can be implemented within care pathways in learning disabilities. In addition, given her recent work on international
Finally, as a champion of
PCT Medical Director, General Practitioner, NHS Nottingham City
Dr Trevor Mills has been an inner city GP for over 25 yrs. An experience GP trainer and
Trevor intends to use his 3 yr NICE Fellowship to promote the work of NICE, and its suite of products, amongst the new GP commissioners, as well as the various healthcare providers in the Nottinghamshire area and the East Midlands generally. His priority will be ensuring a good understanding of the importance of the new NICE Quality Standards within the changing NHS environment; together with the NHS Outcomes Framework, they will impact on all facets of commissioning and provision. His work will facilitate partnership working between primary, secondary and community care lead clinicians on the clinical effectiveness, clinical variation and service development agendas. Trevor's work will not forget mental health providers, local authorities and third sector organisations who he also hopes to get involved. Finally, he will be promoting the NICE message to
Consultant in occupational medicine, Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Richard Preece is a consultant in occupational medicine based at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from where he provides medical leadership to a service supporting three hospitals and a number of primary care organisations. The Cheshire service has been identified as a model for future services. Richard is seconded part-time to NHS Plus (the national occupational health body) as Director of Organisational Development to guide service reconfiguration and the establishment of a national clinical governance system. He is involved in a number of national bodies including the group considering improvements to the Fit Note.
Richard has been directly involved in
Consultant Obstetrician, Guys and St Thomas' Foundation Trust Hospital
Daghni Rajasingam is a consultant obstetrician at Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation Trust. Her clinical interests include obesity, diabetes, pre-pregnancy counselling, early access to care and social complications in pregnancy. She has a Masters and academic interest in leadership and partnership working and provides bespoke consultancy services. She has been awarded grants for user engagement in innovative designing of community pre-pregnancy services for diabetes and postnatal support for women with diabetes.
Consultant Midwife Public Health, University College London Hospital NHS Trust
Yana undertook general nurse training prior to becoming a midwife in 1988 and her interest in clinical guidelines began in 1996 when she completed a Masters degree which was a qualitative study looking at the use of evidence in clinical practice. She commenced her current post in 2004; previously she worked as a research fellow
During her time as a NICE
Chief Executive, British Association and College of Occupational Therapists
Julia Scott is Chief Executive of the British Association and College of Occupational Therapists, the professional body for around 30,000 Occupational Therapists, support workers and students. Julia started her career in the NHS before moving into the field of social care. She chaired the London Boroughs Occupational Therapists Managers Group, was seconded to the Department of Health to complete the Integrating Community Equipment Guidelines and, having completed her MSc at Brunel University, taught a quality assurance module at the University. Prior to taking up her role as Chief Executive, Julia was Head of Physical Disability Services at Kensington and Chelsea Social Services. She currently represents the College on the SCIE Partners Council and the Skills for Care Workforce sub- committee. Julia was awarded an Honourary Fellowship from Brunel University in 2006 in recognition of her contribution to undergraduate Occupational therapy education.
Julia is passionate about good quality social care and as a NICE Fellow will offer an informed, positive and supportive contribution to the development of social care standards. She will use her existing relationships with key players in the field of social care to promote the standards and their implementation. Julia plans to help raise awareness of the NICE quality standards for social care amongst the social care community, support the provision of standards that are appropriate to a social care delivery model and act as an ambassador for the standards to both Occupational Therapists and the wider Allied Health professions workforce.
University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Wilkinson is a clinical academic child and adolescent psychiatrist in
He will spend his time as a NICE fellow working on three projects. Firstly he will be part of the leadership team developing evidence-based local care pathways, that are well-integrated with partner agencies (including the local authority, education and the voluntary sector). Secondly, he will lead the development of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) locally. IPT is recommended as a first-line treatment for adolescent depression by
Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE - Honorary Fellow
Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London where he is Head of the Division of Surgery. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He also holds the Chair of Surgery at the Institute
Professor Darzi has been awarded the first Honorary NICE Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to improving the quality of NHS care.