In order to provide an independent and reliable assessment, the overview and original submission are seen by at least 2 external advisers. Their responses are made available to the Accreditation Advisory Committee and form an additional piece of information to aid decision-making. The external advisers may have expertise and experience in guidance and advice development, methodology, implementation or evaluation in a clinical, practice, commissioning, social care, public health, or healthcare industry setting, and may also have expertise in a specific topic or subject area.

The external advisors are:

Dr Phillip Bairstow, BMedSci, PhD, MBA

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways, Imaging West, Health Department of Western Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Specialist areas of interest: diagnostic & referral guidelines, guideline implementation, decision support, education, accreditation, research.

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Phillip is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and has held research positions at the University of London and the University of Birmingham.

He currently manages the development, continuous review and accreditation of Diagnostic Imaging Pathways, which is a decision support tool and educational resource for healthcare professionals and patients based on the best available evidence and broad clinical consensus. Associated initiatives include the development of an application to better implement diagnostic guidance in clinical practice, and the development of teaching modules to support the education and continuing professional development of healthcare professionals.


Dr Timothy Bates

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences, University of Lincoln, Chief Scientific Officer, Drugs With A Difference Limited

Specialist areas of interest: clinical, interventional procedures, drugs and devices, research

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Timothy has a B.Sc. in physiology from the University of Sheffield and Ph.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, University of London. He has held research fellowships in Sweden, the USA and Italy and has over 30 years' experience in biomedical research with ongoing research projects in cancer pharmacology and mitochondrial drug targets. 


Nigel Beasley

Consultant ENT Surgeon and Deputy Medical Director, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Specialist areas of interest: variation, engagement, commissioning

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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, revalidation and clinical effectiveness, including the implementation of NICE guidance. For the last two years he has been working with the DH QIPP Right Care team on commissioning high value care pathways in surgery.


Hans de Beer, PhD

Guideline methodologist, CBO (Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines

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Hans' educational background is nutritional epidemiology (MSc) and anthropometric history (PhD). Since 2001 he has been active as a guideline methodologist. He is affiliated with CBO and is Vice-Chair of GIN's Evidence Tables Working Group. He is also a member of the GRADE working group.

He is currently involved in several guideline development projects such as chronic fatigue syndrome, self management blood glucose, intercultural aspects of depression, and prevention of bullying in schools.


John Blenkinsopp

Clinical Effectiveness Advisor, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, clinical summaries, referral guidelines

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John is a trainer in critical appraisal at the BMA and runs courses throughout the country.

Previously, John held a healthcare librarianship as a subject specialist at Manchester Metropolitan University and as an Operations Manager at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. 


Dr Carol Bond

Senior Lecturer, Health Informatics, Bournemouth University

Specialist areas of interest: healthcare technologies, education, research 

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Carol is a registered nurse, holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Bristol iand was previously Chief Officer of a Community Health Council.  She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Nursing at Unitec, New Zealand. A Fellow of the British Computer Society, Carol is currently Chair of BCS Health's Nursing Specialist Group.


Professor António vaz Carneiro

Head, Centre for EBM, University of Lisbon School of Medicine, Portugal

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines

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António Formerly Head of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Lisbon School of Medicine, he has been a member of the Boards of the Guideline International Network and RedGuias IberoGPC. His research interests include systematic reviews and meta-analysis in cardiology, diabetes and degenerative diseases of the CNS. He was recently elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Dr Béatrice Fervers, PhD

Coordinator , Cancer and Environment Unit, Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, France

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Béatrice led the French oncology clinical practice guidelines programme (SOR) from 1996-2008 and has been involved in the Regional Cancer Network Guidelines Implementation Programme since 1994.

Her research interests focused on guidelines methods and consumer involvement. She is currently the coordinator of the Cancer and Environment Unit at the Léon Bérard Cancer Center, Lyon and coordinates the regional research network at the Cancéropole Lyon Auvergne Rhône- Alpes in this field. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).


Peter Hall

Specialist Registrar/ Clinical Research Fellow, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Specialist areas of interest: research, drugs and devices, economics of cancer

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Peter was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship with the University of Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit and also joined the Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds as Associate Research Fellow.


Claire Harris

Adjunct Associate Professor & Director, Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Southern Health, Melbourne, Australia

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, public health guidelines, policy guidance, clinical summaries, interventional procedures, healthcare technologies, drugs and devices

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Claire was awarded one of the inaugural NHMRC-NICS Fellowships in evidence implementation. Claire is on expert panels in EBP for NHMRC and Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care and is an External Advisor to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK.


Angela Hassiotis

Reader and Honorary Consultant, Psychiatry of Learning Disability, Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust & UCL

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, policy guidance, research, clinical summaries

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Angela is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, chairs a special interest group of an international members' research organisation in learning disabilities is a member of the board on the IASSID Academy. As a NICE Fellow, she will be focussing on 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.


Dr Andrea Hilton

Pharmacist and Lecturer, University of Hull

Specialist areas of interest: Research, Education, Medicines Management, Pharmacy Practice, Prescribing

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Andrea isworks as a community pharmacist and has experience in primary care. She is a lecturer within the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Hull. She has been chair of the local branch of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, as well as chair of the Hull Pharmacy Association. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS).


Mik Horswell

Director, Healthcare Management Information

Specialist areas of interest: policy guidance, healthcare technologies, commissioning, health informatics

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Mik has worked as an independent management consultant for the last 15 years with the DH, suppliers and NHS organisations at all levels on strategy, operational issues and project management. He is Chairman of a local Institute of Healthcare Management Region, a founder Director of UK Council for Health Informatics Professions and a chartered member of the British Computer Society.


Ton Kuijpers, PhD

Senior consultant guideline development, CBO

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, public health guidelines, musculoskeletal disorders

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Ton is currently involved in the development of guidelines on back pain, complaints of arm, neck and shoulder (CANS), ankle strain, amputation of the lower extremities, overweight in children and chronic fatigue syndrome. He is a member of the international GRADE Working Group and Evidence Tables Working Group (ETWG).


Kimberley Littlemore

Creative Director, eHealth Digital Media and Littlefox Communications, Fellow of the College of Medicine, Swansea University

Specialist areas of interest: patient engagement, behavioural change, digital media.

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Kimberley communicates issues about international development and health using graphic illustration and story telling. Kimberley and her team have created a digital platform delivering health information films ‘prescribed’ by clinicians to support patients in managing chronic diseases.


Karen Macpherson

Senior Health Services Researcher, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Specialist areas of interest: healthcare technologies, interventional procedures and drugs and devices.

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Karen is involved in preparing Health Technology Assessments, systematic reviews and other evidence-based reports on the clinical and cost effectiveness of healthcare intervention to support healthcare planning and delivery in NHS Scotland. Prior to this, she worked as an Information Scientist both within NHS Scotland, and for other public bodies. She has a Masters in Public Health and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.


Catherine Marshall

Independent Guideline Adviser, New Zealand

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Catherine is an Independent Guideline Advisor from New Zealand with a special interest in guideline implementation. She was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Guidelines Group (NZGG) from 2000-2006 and was involved in the development of over 20 evidence-based guidelines. Currently, Catherine is an expert adviser to the NHMRC in Australia advising them on the standards for guidelines and conducting methodological assessments of draft guidelines.

Catherine has also worked on a range of guideline implementation projects in New Zealand including cardiovascular risk and smoking cessation activities. Catherine has led guideline implementation training workshops in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and at G-I-N conferences. Catherine was one of the Founders of Guidelines International Network and has been deeply involved in its activities as Deputy Chair 2003/ 2004, a member of the Board of Trustees 2003-2010 and an Honorary Patron of the Network.


Edward Ng

GP, Clinical Lead in Primary Care Quality, CrossCity CCG

Specialist areas of interest: postgraduate training

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Edward has been a GP trainer since 1995 and RCGP Examiner since 2004. He is helping to develop GP training in China, working with the University of Birmingham, Peking University and Health Education West Midlands across Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.


Dr Marlies Ostermann

Consultant in Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine, Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, clinical summaries, referral guidelines, education

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Marlies holds an honorary appointment in the School of Medicine at King's College London. She has a PhD from the University of Göttingen (Germany), an MD degree from the University of London and a postgraduate diploma in medical education. Marlies is the Chair of the Trust Clinical Guidelines Group and a member of the Drugs & Therapeutics Committee. She has worked as a Clinical Advisor for NCEPOD studies and is a member of the NICE Guidelines Development Group.


Dr Adrian Palfreeman

Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Leicester University Hospitals

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines

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Adrian's biography is to follow.


Dr Kristiina Patja, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Director and Senior Scientist, Pro Medico, The Association for Medical Continuous Professional Development, Finland

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Kristiina is Adjunct professor in public health, a specialist in health care and has vocational leadership training and special competence in medical education. She currently works in continuous professional development, where she is responsible for development of national systems for CPD. She is a senior scientist at the Institute for Health and Welfare collaborating in research in tobacco studies, health promotion and health care research. Her clinical work includes a paediatric hospital, primary care and occupational care and international collaborations include tobacco studies and preventative work.


Dr Anita Pearson

GP, Head of European Products and Services, Bosch Healthcare

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Anita has a MA in Bioethics, an MSc in Health Policy and a Certification in Health Care Quality and has worked in the Telehealth sector in the UK and USA.


Yana Richens OBE

Consultant Midwife, Global Midwifery Advisor Royal College of Midwives, University College London Hospital NHS Trust

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, implementation of clinical guidance

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Yana has a Masters degree which was a qualitative study looking at the use of evidence in clinical practice. Previously she worked as a research fellow for the Royal College of Nurses looking at implementation of clinical guidelines. Yana has been a midwifery member of two NICE clinical guideline development groups and quality standard group, and has been involved in international guideline development.


Mohit Sharma

Speciality Registrar, Public Health, Oxford Deanery,Thames Valley Health Protection Unit

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, public health guidelines, policy guidance, healthcare technologies, commissioning

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Mohit Sharma completed surgical training with MS (University of Mumbai) and MRCS (Glasgow) and a wide clinical surgical experience, he won a place on the Public Health Training Programme. His projects in public health have involved facilitating engagement between commissioners (Primary Care Trusts) and NICE through the Commissioning Support, Appraisals Service. He has also worked with the Priorities Support Unit to support local and regional priority setting in South Central England. As a NICE scholar, Mohit will work with NICE and commissioners to promote engagement of commissioners in the formulation of NICE guidance.


Dr Aung Soe

Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist areas of interest: research, drug and devices, interventional procedures

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Dr Soe is Clinical Director in Paediatrics, Lead Clinician in Neonatology and Lead Clinician for Kent Perinatal Network. He is a member of RCPCH Clinical Standard Committee and Medicine Committee, RCOG Scientific Advisory Committee, a special adviser to NICE Interventional Procedure Programme and NICE GDG on antibiotics for early onset neonatal infections. He is an honorary senior lecturer in school of Pharmacy, UCL. He has interest in neonatal respiratory and circulatory problems, evidence based medicine and governance.


Dr Lorna Thompson

Programme Manager, Guideline Development,SIGN

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Dr Thompson trained most recently in public health nutrition and has facilitated the development of clinical guidelines in gastric cancer, depression, bronchiolitis and obesity.


Anne Thurston

Health Sector Relations Officer, National Osteoporosis Society

Specialist areas of interest: to follow

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Anne Thurston has lead a review of the materials the Charity provides for health professionals, redesigned their guidance development process in line with the principles encouraged by NHS Evidence and is supporting documents through that process with the aim of applying for accreditation in the future. Before this, she worked for the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) for 7 years which included coordinating RCGP Scotland's input on policy documents and guidance in priority areas.


Paul Wilkinson

University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Specialist areas of interest: clinical guidelines, clinical summaries, research

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Paul Wilkinson is involved in the leadership and evaluation of a number of local and national projects which are trying to improve the delivery of evidence-based treatments to children and young people with emotional and behavioural disorders.