Naomi McVey talks about her experience of being a NICE Fellow

Are you an experienced leader in health and social care? Could you build an influential network that helps us to implement our guidance?

NICE fellows are experienced leaders from the field of health and social care who are our ambassadors at regional and national levels.

Applications for the 2021 intake are now closed. The next application period will open in the autumn of 2021.

Find out how to apply for a fellowship

What's involved?

We aim to award 10 fellowships each year to:

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

How does it work?

You'll be supported in your role through a series of workshops and access to an adviser. The fellowship also provides access to the expertise of our staff.

You'll be expected to spend around 7.5 hours per month on fellowship activities. Fellowships are unpaid and you must agree your application with your employer. Travel and subsistence will be paid.

Would I be suitable?

Fellowships are suited to roles such as:

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



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Support from senior advisers

We've appointed 2 senior advisers to oversee the programme. 

They've a wealth of experience in health and social care and in working with NICE. The senior advisers provide expert support to our fellows and act as a key link person between them and NICE.

Nigel Beasley


Nigel is an ENT surgeon with an interest in head and neck surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He is the associate medical director for cancer services, working closely with the South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Cancer Alliance to develop networked models of care for patients.

In 2010 to 2013, Nigel was a NICE fellow. During this time, he developed NICE accredited guidance on elective surgical care for commissioners in collaboration with the Federation of Surgical Speciality Associations and the Royal College of Surgeons. He has held multiple national roles including:

  • clinical lead for cancer at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
  • clinical lead for the NHS RightCare programme
  • co-chair of East Midlands Clinical Senate for NHS England.

He is a member of the NICE indicators advisory committee.

Krysia Dziedzic

PhD GradDipPhys FCSP 

Krysia is the Arthritis Research UK professor of musculoskeletal therapies and has recently completed a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellowship. Krysia works as part of an interdisciplinary research team and is the director of the impact accelerator unit at Keele in the School for Primary, Community and Social Care.

Krysia led an NIHR funded study to see how best to deliver high quality, primary care for people with osteoarthritis presenting in general practice (MOSAICS). This formed the basis of a NICE Fellowship (2013-2016) and an EIT-Health funded European implementation project (JIGSAW-E). Krysia is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. In 2019 Krysia became a visiting professor in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences UWE Bristol and an NIHR senior investigator in primary health care.

Our current fellows

2020-23 fellows

Aoife Molloy

Clinical lead evidence-based interventions

Aoife is clinical lead for the evidence based interventions programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement. This programme focuses on implementing best available evidence through clinical and commissioner leadership at national, regional, and local levels in the NHS in England to ensure that procedures offered by the NHS are the most appropriate

Aoife is a doctor in infectious diseases and general internal medicine and worked in hospitals for ten years as a physician focusing on medicine, infections and health of vulnerable people, women, and migrants. She was a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow at NICE in 2014/15. She set up the Collaboration for Shared Decision Making, developed guideline adaptation tools with NICE International to aid guideline development in India, and worked on disinvestment and safe staffing, as well as education of undergraduate and postgraduate medical and allied health professionals. She worked with The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to develop the first recommendations for Choosing Wisely UK and worked with Positively UK to develop the first national standards for peer support in HIV. She was a policy associate at the Health Foundation and wrote "A Clear Road Ahead, a quality strategy for the NHS in England" with Professor Sheila Leatherman.

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

David Maudgil

Consultant radiologist and lead for interventional radiology

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

David was previously clinical director of radiology and is now lead for interventional radiology at Wexham Park Hospital. He is actively involved in teaching and training and has completed the PGCert in Medical Education from Dundee University. He is active in the Royal College of Radiologists, and currently the chair for the Oxford region, and the interventional radiology (IR) representative on the professional learning and development committee, organising national teaching sessions and meetings. He is also the chair of the communications committee of the British Society of Interventional Radiology, actively promoting the role of IR in print and social media.

David is an associate editor of Clinical Radiology, the main UK radiology journal, and his research interests include uroradiology and interventional radiology. At Wexham Park Hospital David is currently a staff governor and chair of the medical staff committee.

David was a guideline group development member for NG118 on assessment and management of renal and ureteric stones and has continued as a specialist adviser for NICE. He has an interest in cost effectiveness and has completed the PGDip in Healthcare Technology Assessment at Glasgow University. He intends to use the fellowship to promote the role of IR in improving patient experience and outcomes, as well as cost effectiveness.

Emyr Jones

Consultant pharmacist, national lead for Wales: community healthcare

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

Working across NHS Wales, he has close links with senior leaders both within and outside pharmacy to provide advice and influence positive change in practice. Emyr was successful in getting NICE endorsement for a set of national domiciliary medicines support principles to aid implementation of NICE guidance 67.

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

Joy Duxbury

Professor of Mental Health

Joy is a mental health nurse and professor of mental health at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked on numerous funded projects pertaining to mental health, inclusion and co-production. Research on the exploration of stakeholder perspectives and implementation has been a strong feature of her work to date. She has a background in forensic mental health and more recently her national and international focus has been upon minimising restrictive practices such as physical restraint and coercion across varied settings. She was a member of the guideline development group for the NICE guidelines on violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, health and community settings.

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

Joy has secured substantial research funding to examine a range of topics including coercion, patient safety, service user engagement, participatory action research, reviews and varied evaluation approaches. Funders have included the National Institute of Health Research, Ministry of Justice, and the Health Foundation. She has published extensively in the area of mental health care and coercion and made a number of media appearances relating to this topic.

Liz Lawrence

Integrated discharge system lead

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

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

In all Liz’s roles she has been driven to make a difference to people, whether that is the people who are service users, or those that work in the health and social care system. Her work has involved improving systems and processes to make it easier to embed evidence-based care as well as improving outcomes for patients.

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

Paula Swift

Professional head of social work and line manager for social work, dietetics and speech and language therapy forensic services

Paula completed her social work training at Teesside University in 1996. As a newly qualified social worker, she worked in a respite unit for adults with learning disabilities and was seconded to facilitate a course specifically for parents with a learning disability at a local college. She then went on to work as a community social worker in Hartlepool in the older persons adult learning disability and mental health teams.

In 2002, Paula moved into forensic community and inpatient services in Middlesbrough where she was an assistant manager and AMHP. In 2013 Paula joined the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; initially in CAMHS before undertaking two project posts focusing on facilitating collaborative care planning with service users and carers.Paula is now the professional head of social work and is responsible for promoting the social work identity within the trust. Paula supports CPD for social workers, is developing a programme that supports social work students on placement, whilst line managing the trust social work team, speech and language and dietetic services.

Paula chairs the trust wide recovery experts by experience group meetings which is comprised of people with lived experience of using mental health services. The group shares their knowledge and expertise, including both their positive and negative experiences of care, in order to influence service design and delivery.

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

Pip White

Professional Adviser

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

Pip led the CSP’s work to enable the legislative change to permit independent prescribing by physiotherapists in 2013. This was followed by further legislative changes to enable limited prescribing of controlled drugs by physiotherapists in 2015. This was a significant development for the physiotherapy profession, enabling physiotherapists to extend their capabilities in many roles, including advanced practice and first contact practitioner posts.

Pip is currently leading a national programme of work to improve the quality of hip fracture rehabilitation. She has recently created the CSP Hip Fracture Rehabilitation standards in collaboration with several professional networks. These were developed from a range of NICE products and the findings of the 2017 Royal College of Physician’s ‘Hip Sprint’ audit of physiotherapy care following hip fracture.

In her role as a NICE fellow, Pip aims to support the implementation of NICE products relevant to hip fracture and to facilitate physiotherapist’s participation in hip fracture rehabilitation quality improvement (QI) work. She will be delivering a series of regional events in partnership with relevant professional networks; the aim of which will be to support the physiotherapy workforce, including support workers, to start their local QI work. She also aims to build robust and sustainable virtual networks to enable members to connect with each other within their local hip fracture pathways, share good practice and facilitate new ways of working. Pip is also keen to increase the physiotherapy data available relating to hip fracture rehabilitation; this will be achieved by supporting physiotherapy teams engaged in hip fracture rehabilitation to share their local improvement initiatives. This will be achieved by implementing strategies such as academic abstract submission, shared learning database submissions and service innovation examples.

Rupert Whitaker

Executive chairman and associate professor

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

Rupert is also a founder and patron of the Terrence Higgins Trust, a leading HIV-charity and Europe’s first, named for his partner, Terry, who died from AIDS in 1982. As one of the longest surviving people with HIV himself, he has also experienced health services in four countries for:

  • HIV
  • stroke (requiring brain-surgery)
  • cancer
  • heart attack
  • severe epilepsy

so he has plenty of experience in both chairs of the consulting-room.

Rupert is an invited speaker at conferences internationally on his experiences as a patient, an advocate, and a clinician, and has been the subject of interviews and profiles in the UK and USA in a range of press articles, radio and TV interviews, documentaries and books.

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

Suzy Halliday

Advanced nurse practitioner

Suzy is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, working in a busy breast diagnostic and surveillance clinic in Brighton. She has over 20 years experience in NHS care provision, including senior clinical nursing roles, combined with experience of collaborative working at a national level as a member of the DHSC procurement transformation team. Suzy is a committee member for the NICE interventional procedures advisory committee.

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

Roshelle Ramkisson

Child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist

Dr Roshelle Ramkisson is a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester. She is also the Director of Medical Education (Interim), Core Psychiatry Training Programme Director with Health Education North West and Honorary Senior Lecturer (Teaching) at the University of Manchester. She is also the RCPsych North West education training committee representative. As a clinical research consultant her interests are in exploring the evidence base of interventions for adolescent emotional disorders in low and middle income countries. Her passion to find low cost scalable interventions to address the increasing need for child mental health services.

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


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2019-22 fellows

Helen Cole

Industry partnerships manager and clinical scientist

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

She joined the national device evaluation service as a senior physicist in 2001, when it was under the remit of the Medical Devices Agency. Helen has since worked for, or in collaboration with, national procurement, commissioning, and NHS provider organisations, as well as the UK Department of Health. Over the past two decades, Helen has gained extensive understanding of the challenges of adopting innovative medical technologies in the NHS, from policy, clinical, commissioning, procurement, and industry perspectives.

Helen is a registered clinical scientist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. She was head of service of the NICE External Assessment Centre at the Freeman Hospital from March 2012 to May 2020. Helen led a multidisciplinary team to deliver health technology assessment and research publications that addressed the clinical effectiveness and cost consequences of adopting innovative medical devices into the NHS. Helen’s current role is with the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), a membership organisation of ten research-intensive universities, ten research-active NHS trusts and four Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across the North of England. Helen leads work to facilitate clinical and academic networks in the areas of Advanced Therapies and Data, and to promote regional excellence for collaboration with the life sciences industry in translational research and clinical evaluation of innovative technologies.

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

Helen Rostill

Executive director of innovation, development & therapies and consultant clinical psychologist

Professor Helen Rostill is a consultant clinical psychologist and board director at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She has responsibility for strategy, new business, research and development, innovation, information technology strategy and therapies. She is the Trust’s Chief Technology Officer.

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

She worked for 10 years as a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and has published a wide range of research in national and international peer reviewed journals. Her qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership and a BSc (First Class Hons) in Psychology. Helen is visiting professor at the faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

Jonathan Rees

Professor of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal science

Jonathan graduated from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London in 1992. He trained in orthopaedics in Oxford and was appointed as university lecturer and consultant orthopaedic shoulder and elbow surgeon in 2005. In 2014 he became professor of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal science at the University of Oxford. He works clinically at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. His research programme aims to ‘improve orthopaedic patient outcomes and treatment delivery’. This is achieved using research themes that offer a broad range of overlapping collaboration opportunities with national and international academic clinicians and scientists.

Jonathan sits on the Executive Council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS). He is past chair of their research committee and is now their National Joint Register (NJR), Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) and Outcomes Lead. He sits on NJR committees including the editorial board and is responsible for authoring the annual report for shoulder replacements. He is a specialist advisor to the NICE interventional procedures committee and to the MHRA. He sits on the european shoulder arthroplasty committee of SECEC (European Shoulder and Elbow Society) and is the Shoulder and Elbow Clinical Lead advising the NHS GIRFT Programme.

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

Melanie Weatherley

Chief executive officer, Walnut Care

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

A passionate advocate for the provision of home and community care, Melanie has been the chair of the Lincolnshire Care Association since 2016. In this role, she represents a range of small and medium-sized care providers across the county and works with them to improve standards of care.

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

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

Nicola Cosgrave

Consultant clinical psychologist

Nicola completed her clinical training in 1996 at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London. She retains a position as a visiting teacher on their doctoral course in clinical psychology.  Since qualifying, Nicola has spent most of her career working in national and specialist children mental health services at the Maudsley Hospital.

Nicola’s clinical and research interests are in the area of child maltreatment, infant mental health, and complex trauma. She has published in peer reviewed journals and presents regularly at national and international conferences. Her current role is lead of the clinical team delivering the New Orleans Intervention Model which is being evaluated as part of a large randomised control trial.  Nicola is passionate about improving the outcomes for children who have been maltreated and stopping the intergenerational transmission of abuse.

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

Peter Dixon

President, Royal College of Chiropractors

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

He founded, and is now president of, the Royal College of Chiropractors. The Royal College provides peer-reviewed quality standards for the chiropractic profession as well as a comprehensive CPD and mentoring program. It also stimulates and funds on-going research projects and PhD students to improve the evidence base for chiropractic. This is specifically directed at improving the quality of care that patients receive and improving the communication between chiropractors and their colleagues in the wider healthcare community.

Peter was on our guideline development group for NG59 concerning the management of chronic low back pain. He has been on our panel of experts for the last 4 years and feels very honoured to be appointed a fellow, a first for the chiropractic profession. He intends to use his ambassadorial role for NICE to improve the understanding and uptake of our guidelines within the musculoskeletal (MSK) community and with stakeholders. Raising the profile of NICE within the chiropractic profession to further enhance communication between the various professional groups involved in treating MSK conditions.

Satheesh Kumar Gangadharan

Consultant psychiatrist

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

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

Sharon Davies

Chief executive, Herfordshire Care Providers Association

Sharon has been the chief executive of Hertfordshire Care Providers Association (HCPA) for 9 years. She’s has grown the organisation to meet the needs of care providers in the private independent and voluntary sector. A recent case study by The Local Government Association, said, “HCPA has become one of the most well-respected and developed provider associations in the country”. Sharon has focussed on partnership working and building initiatives which raise quality, always with the goal of a win-win outcome for all involved. Sharon comes from a background of practice and teaching in care and leadership and uses these skills to focus minds on taking a learning in practice approach.

As a fellow, Sharon will be focussing on education and integration to help embed the use of our guidance and quality standards into practice in Hertfordshire and the eastern region. Her current focus is setting up an online care professional standards academy for social care practitioners, where they can log their continuing professional development and earn credits. This will be a platform for promoting NICE guidance and quality standards on an individual level for care practitioners. In the area of integration, Sharon will be advocating the use of NICE guidance and quality standards to colleagues across both health and social care. Her concentration on prevention around the use of exercise, will ensure that colleagues are sighted on best practice options.

Simon Jones

Consultant nurse

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

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

Steven Searle

Emergency medicine consultant

Steven is an emergency medicine consultant working for Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Having trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, Steven completed training posts in the south, across the Severn deanery, Sydney and Christchurch New Zealand before becoming a consultant in Chichester.

Steven has been involved in several guidelines adapting NICE guidance for emergency departments and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM). Within RCEM, Steven has been a member of the Audit and Standards Committee and has been the college representative to the Resus Council.

Steven administers and delivers a middle grade doctor teaching programme. This includes evidence-based teaching and regular simulation teaching. It is designed to upskill individuals to function at registrar level within the emergency department and gain places on the national training programme. He has recently been appointed the RCEM simulation teaching lead for the region and is part of the faculty for the College Leadership Training programme. This is designed to train future emergency medicine doctors in leadership, a novel programme which may be a world first.

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


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2018-21 fellows

Alison Sansome

Consultant community paediatrician

photograph of Alison Sansome

Alison is a consultant community paediatrician based in Cambridge and clinical director for Children and Young People in Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. She did her pre-clinical degree at Newnham College, Cambridge and clinical training at Oxford. Immediately specialising in paediatric medicine, she held posts in Bath, Oxford and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Alison did her clinical research fellowship in neuromuscular disease whilst working at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals in London.

Alison is chair of the East of England Neurodisability Group and, through the Community Paediatric Regional Network, has initiated a number of regional audits and written best practice clinical guidelines in line with NICE guidance. Within her large community trust she has been promoting the development of new models of care and integrated pathways for children with long term health conditions. The clinical teams in the trust are leading the way with community outcome measures and goal setting.

Alison will use her fellowship to develop the web-based risk management system further. This system will log new NICE guidance and alert clinicians to changes. The app links to the self-assessment template and so allows easy completion and monitoring. Clinicians and corporate teams are able to monitor the evidence of compliance and can, at any time, produce the assurance of high quality clinical standards. Above all, whilst participating in the fellowship programme, Alison will be an advocate and voice for children and young people.

Cecilia Fenerty

Consultant ophthalmic surgeon

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Cecilia has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital (MREH) since 2002. She runs a specialist tertiary referral service for complex adult and paediatric glaucoma. She is clinical lead for anterior segment services at MREH and associate clinical director of the Eye Hospital. Her research interest is mainly clinical, including diagnostic and treatment methods for glaucoma in adults and children.

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

In her role as NICE Fellow Cecilia aims to improve the uptake of our glaucoma guidance. This will assist in reconciling the demands and capacity of glaucoma services. The barriers faced in implementing NICE Guidance, and the differences experienced by large teaching hospitals versus smaller hospitals, has already been studied by NICE Scholar Reshma Thampy. This learning will be applied to Cecilia’s project to support ophthalmic care providers and commissioners in overcoming these hurdles, and tools will be developed to facilitate implementation of our guidance.

Emma Salt

Consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist

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Emma originally qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1993. She went on to gain an MSc in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2000 at University College London and a PhD in 2014 from the University of Birmingham. She currently works as the consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Burton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where she leads a team. In 2015, Emma was the first non-medical member of staff to be awarded the ‘Clinician of the year’ award. In addition the trust nominated her for ‘employee of the year’ to the Burton Mail Business Awards 2015 where she was one of three finalists. She was highly commended for her ability to think innovatively and lead a team.

Emma’s clinical and research areas of interest are in the management of persistent shoulder pain and differentiating cervical from shoulder pathology. She has recently completed a post doctorate internship at Keele University where she was evaluating suprascapular nerve blocks as a mean of management for shoulder pain. Emma has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences. She currently is part of the scientific committee for the European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Rehabilitation.

In her role as a NICE Fellow, Emma aims to establish if primary and secondary care practitioners in musculoskeletal health are aware of Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS), to understand how the CKS are being used and identify what could be changed to further improve their use. Emma anticipates that she will promote the summaries to professional groups who are less aware of the CKS and improve the use of summaries to existing and new users and patients.

Janet Folland

Professional lead for occupational therapy

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Janet graduated as an occupational therapist from Oxford Brookes University in 1995. She has worked primarily in mental health services, particularly across older people’s mental health services. For the past 8 years she has been in professional development and improvement roles, both as a practice development lead for occupational therapy and as professional lead of occupational therapy. During this time Janet completed an MSc in Advanced practice and PGCert in Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning.

Janet has led on an organisation wide practice development programme aimed at the implementation of evidence-based and theoretically driven occupational therapy services. She has also co-led on a county wide programme of work bringing together occupational therapists from 4 organisations to align pathways and develop cross organisational working relationships, using improvement methodology. She has been heavily involved in England’s first system-wide Allied Health Professions strategy for the North Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

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

Matthew Rogers

Head of professional development

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

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

Nicola Thorley

Consultant HIV and sexual health

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

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

Tessa Lewis

GP partner

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Tessa has been a GP partner since 1995 and for much of this time has also been involved in promoting the safe and effective use of medicines. She was medical advisor to the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre for 10 years and involved with various NICE workstreams since 2011. As Chair of the Wales NICE Liaison Group 2016 -18 she worked with colleagues to develop a strategy to support the awareness, discussion and implementation of our guidance to people ‘on the front line’ in all settings.

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


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