Accreditation external advisers

Our external advisers provide an independent and reliable renewal assessment. At least 2 external advisers will look at an application to renew an accreditation status.

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.

Phillip 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • diagnostic and referral guidelines
  • guideline implementation,
  • decision support
  • education
  • accreditation
  • research.

Dr Timothy Bates

Senior lecturer in biomedical sciences, University of Lincoln, chief scientific officer, Drugs With A Difference Limited.

He 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical
  • interventional procedures
  • drugs and devices
  • research.

Nigel Beasley

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

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 in October 2007 and has taken on responsibility for appraisal, revalidation and clinical effectiveness, including the implementation of our guidance. For the last two years he has been working with the DH Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention RightCare team on commissioning high value care pathways in surgery.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • variation
  • engagement
  • commissioning.

Hans de Beer, PhD

Guideline methodologist, CBO (Utrecht, the Netherlands).

His 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 the Guidelines International Network's Evidence Tables Working Group. He is also a member of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation 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.

Specialist area of interest:

  • clinical guidelines.

John Blenkinsopp

Clinical effectiveness advisor, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

He is a trainer in critical appraisal at the British Medical Association 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • clinical summaries
  • referral guidelines.

Dr Carol Bond

Senior lecturer, health informatics, Bournemouth University.

She is a registered nurse, holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Bristol and 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 (BCS), Carol is currently Chair of BCS Health's Nursing specialist group.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • healthcare technologies
  • education
  • research.

Professor António vaz Carneiro

Former head, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), University of Lisbon School of Medicine, Portugal.

António 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 central nervous system. He was recently elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Specialist area of interest:

  • clinical guidelines.

Dr Béatrice Fervers, PhD

Coordinator at the cancer and environment unit, Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, France.

She 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.

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Dr Elvira Garcia, MD, MPH, FFPH

Consultant in public health medicine in NHS Ayrshire and Arran as health protection lead and immunisation coordinator.

Dr Garcia was previously an evidence-based expert in GuíaSalud, the National Spanish Guidance Agency, and is one of the authors of the Spanish National Clinical Practice Guidelines Development methodology manual. She has been a member of our accreditation advisory committee from 2013 to 2017.

Elvira has also liaised with the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network as a member of their HIS endorsement group. She has extensive experience in teaching and training as a clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • public health
  • health protection
  • immunisation
  • evidence-based medicine.

Dr Angela Green, MCSP, PhD, MSc

Lead clinical research therapist.

Angela qualified as a physiotherapist and works as a lead clinical research therapist in an acute teaching hospitals trust. She has been a NICE fellow (2012 to 2015) and a member of our accreditation committee.

She is co-hub lead for the National Institute for Health Research, Yorkshire and Humber Allied Health Professional specialty research network and Yorkshire hub of Council for Allied Health Professional Research network.

Peter Hall

Specialist registrar/clinical research Fellow, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • research
  • drugs and devices
  • economics of cancer.

Claire Harris

Adjunct associate professor and director, Centre for Clinical Effectiveness, Southern Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Claire was awarded one of the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)-NICS Fellowships in evidence implementation. Claire is on expert panels in evidence-based practice for NHMRC and Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care and is an external advisor for us in the UK.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • public health guidelines
  • policy guidance
  • clinical summaries
  • interventional procedures
  • healthcare technologies
  • drugs and devices.

Angela Hassiotis

Reader and honorary consultant, psychiatry of learning disability, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and UCL.

Angela is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She chairs a special interest group of an international members' research organisation in learning disabilities and is a member of the board on the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Academy.

As a NICE Fellow, she will be focussing on the implementation of our guidelines within the newly developed service lines in her trust and will investigate how they can be implemented within care pathways in learning disabilities.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • policy guidance
  • research
  • clinical summaries.

Dr Andrea Hilton

Pharmacist and lecturer, University of Hull.

Andrea works 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • research
  • education
  • medicines management
  • pharmacy practice
  • prescribing.

Mike Horswell

Director, healthcare management information.

Mike 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 the 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • policy guidance
  • healthcare technologies
  • commissioning
  • health informatics.

Ton Kuijpers, PhD

Senior consultant guideline development, CBO.

Ton is currently involved in the development of guidelines on back pain, complaints of arm, neck and shoulder, ankle strain, amputation of the lower extremities, overweight in children and chronic fatigue syndrome.

He is a member of the international the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group and Evidence Tables Working Group.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • public health guidelines
  • musculoskeletal disorders.

Kimberley Littlemore

Creative director, eHealth digital media and Littlefox Communications, Fellow of the College of Medicine, Swansea University.

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

Specialist areas of interest are:

  • patient engagement
  • behavioural change
  • digital media.

Karen Macpherson

Senior health services researcher, Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

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. Before 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • healthcare technologies
  • interventional procedure
  • drugs and devices.

Catherine Marshall

Independent guideline adviser, New Zealand.

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 from 2000 to 2006 and was involved in the development of over 20 evidence-based guidelines. Currently, Catherine is an expert adviser to the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia advising them on the standards for guidelines and conducting methodological assessments of draft guidelines.

She 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 Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) conferences. Catherine was one of the Founders of >(G-I-N) and has been deeply involved in its activities as deputy chair 2003 to 2004, a member of the board of trustees 2003 to 2010 and an honorary patron of the network.

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Edward Ng

GP, clinical lead in primary care quality, CrossCity CCG.

Edward has been a GP trainer since 1995 and Royal College of General Practitioners 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.

Specialist area of interest:

  • postgraduate training.

Dr Marlies Ostermann

Consultant in nephrology and critical care medicine, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital.

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 and Therapeutics Committee. She has worked as a clinical advisor for the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death studies and is a member of our guidelines development group.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • clinical summaries
  • referral guidelines
  • education.

Dr Adrian Palfreeman

Consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer, Leicester University Hospitals.

Adrian's biography is to follow.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines.

Dr Kristiina Patja, PhD

Adjunct professor, director and senior scientist, Pro Medico, The Association for Medical Continuous Professional Development, Finland.

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 continuing professional development

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.

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Dr Anita Pearson

GP, head of European products and services, Bosch Healthcare.

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.

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Yana Richens OBE

Consultant midwife, global midwifery advisor Royal College of Midwives, University College London Hospital NHS Trust.

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 2 of our clinical guideline development groups and quality standard group and has been involved in international guideline development.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • implementation of clinical guidance.

Mandy Sainty MSc, DipCOT, MRCOT

Occupational therapist (retired).

Mandy has a diverse health and social care background. Her most recent position (2010-2017) was as research and development manager at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, leading specifically on research governance and NICE accreditation.

Mandy was a member of our accreditation committee from 2013 to 2017. She is currently applying her experience and knowledge to a range of voluntary professional assessment and review activities.

Specialist area of interest:

  • practice / clinical guidelines.

Mohit Sharma

Speciality registrar, public health, Oxford Deanery,Thames Valley Health Protection Unit.

Mohit completed surgical training with MS (University of Mumbai) and Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (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 us and commissioners to promote engagement of commissioners in the formulation of our guidance.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • public health guidelines
  • policy guidance
  • healthcare technologies
  • commissioning.

Dr Aung Soe

Consultant neonatal paediatrician, Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Soe is clinical director in paediatrics, lead clinician in neonatology and lead clinician for Kent perinatal network. He is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health clinical standard committee and medicine committee, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists scientific advisory committee, a special adviser to our interventional procedure programme and our guideline development group 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • research
  • drug and devices
  • interventional procedures.

Dr Lorna Thompson

Programme manager, guideline development, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network.

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

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Anne Thurston

Health sector relations officer, National Osteoporosis Society.

Anne Thurston has led 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 (RCGP) in Scotland for 7 years which included coordinating RCGP Scotland's input on policy documents and guidance in priority areas.

Specialist areas of interest will follow soon.

Ruth Wakeman MRPharmS FFRPS

Deputy director of education and standards at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Ruth works with the team at the NMC to review and maintain standards for nursing and midwifery education practice at both pre and post-registration levels. Ruth is a registered pharmacist by background and following an early career in practice she has held several roles in professional healthcare membership organisations.

Prior to joining the NMC Ruth was associate director of professional standards and support at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), leading a team developing a range of professional standards including the RPS Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers. Ruth is also a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty and is an accreditation external advisor for NICE. Ruth was previously a member of our accreditation committee.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • professional standards
  • education
  • medicines optimisation
  • prescribing.

Paul Wilkinson

University lecturer and honorary consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, University of Cambridge; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Paul is involved in the leadership and evaluation of several 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.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical guidelines
  • clinical summaries
  • research.

Dr Charles Young BSc, MBBS, MRCP

Senior medical officer, Capita plc.

Charles trained in medicine in London and continues to practice as an emergency physician at St Thomas’ hospital. For the last 15 years he has worked in a range of areas including: clinical governance, evidence based medicine, clinical decision support, and healthcare IT.

Charles lectures internationally and his current focus is clinical governance and the interface between clinical information, healthcare technology, and clinical workflows. Charles is also a long-standing member of our external accreditation team, and The Cochrane collaboration editorial overview committee.

Specialist areas of interest:

  • clinical governance
  • clinical decision support
  • evidence based medicine
  • administrative medicine
  • emergency medicine.

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