Improve the quality of care delivered and encourage the adoption of cost-effective innovation 

NICE Fellows are experienced leaders in the field of health and social care. They are NICE ambassadors at a regional and national level and among their professional groups and peers.

NICE Fellows build networks of influential professionals who support NICE in the implementation of its guidance.

What's involved?

As a NICE Fellow your role is to:

  • act as a UK-wide NICE ambassador for 3 years among your professional groups and peers
  • support and maintain the connection between NICE and health and social care experts
  • access expertise across our departments through a series of workshops
  • 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.

Read our interview with NICE Fellow Elizabeth Robb

How does it work?

You'll be supported in your role through a series of workshops and access to a mentor. The Fellowship also facilitates access to the expertise of the NICE teams.

You'll be expected to devote on average approximately 7.5 hours per month to Fellowship activities. Fellowships are unpaid and you must agree your application with your employer. NICE will, however, meet all reasonable expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation) incurred in the course of carrying out Fellowship activities.

Would I be suitable?

NICE 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/heads of adults and children’s services
  • directors of provider services in social care

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

We aim to recruit 10 senior healthcare leaders a year.

Access to information

Scholars have access to the NICE Fellows and Scholars Zone  (login details are required)

Read about Victoria Elliot's experience of being a NICE Fellow

2016-19 NICE Fellows

Catherine Williams

Lay representative in maternity

Read more

Catherine is an experienced lay representative in maternity. A microbiology graduate – formerly a property lawyer and Law Society policy adviser – her maternity work began when she joined an NHS Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC) as a service user member in 2004 – working with commissioners, other service users, midwives, and doctors to monitor and improve services. Her work with MSLCs has included initiating and developing community outreach and involving women in service co-design. Catherine qualified as an NCT Antenatal Practitioner in 2012. She currently works for a local Healthwatch, the statutory ‘consumer champion’ for health and social care.

Catherine was a lay member of the GDG for NICE CG190 Intrapartum Care – care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. She serves on a number of maternity working groups including: Reading, Wokingham & West Berks MSLC, which she chaired for three years; NHS Berkshire West Maternity Steering Group; NCT Research Advisory Group; and, as Vice Chair, UKmidSS Steering Group (NPEU). Catherine tweets about evidence and maternity matters as @BerksMaternity and blogs at her Birth & Biology wordpress blog.

Catherine will use her time as a fellow to promote wider understanding of the value of NICE process, and the need for lay people and clinicians alike to be involved, whether as GDG members or as stakeholders. She also has a strong interest in supporting evidence informed decision making by service users. She will continue to maintain her strong links with her multidisciplinary MSLC, NCT-Professional/Research, and #MatExp networks.

Debra Adams

Head of IPC; NHS Improvement (Midlands and East)

Read more

Dr. Debra Adams undertook her Registered Nurse training in Birmingham, UK. During her career she has gained extensive experience in infection prevention and control (IPC) and research co-ordination. She has further developed her academic portfolio by completing her PhD (Pharmacy; Aston University, Birmingham. UK). Her thesis examined three key areas of scientific interest associated with both pharma and device related aspects of microbiology.

Debra plans to spend her time as a NICE Fellow facilitating the implementation of the evidence based NICE Quality Guidelines and Standards associated with IPC across the health care system (PH36, CG139, CG74, QS61, QS113). She is particularly interested in healthcare worker safety associated with sharps injuries.

Dee Christie

Occupational Therapist (retired)

Read more

Dee trained as an Occupational Therapist (Dip OT, CMS, MA Health Studies) qualifying in 1974. She has worked for the NHS in neuro-rehabilitation and has spent 35 years in local government social care.

In 1987 Dee was appointed as Head of Service with West Sussex County Council to set up a countywide OT Service. During that time Dee managed a portfolio of rehabilitation and support services for people with disabilities including OT. She developing professional standards and practice, introduced the support worker role for OTs, developed specialist services for children and also for people with sensory impairments. Latterly she managed the development of reablement services, a ‘first point of contact‘ for all people in need of adult social care and initiated an integrated rehabilitation strategy with the NHS.

Dee has been active for the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), serving on a number of regional committees and boards throughout her career. In 2004 she was elected to the COT Council, the board of directors and trustees for the COT, as Member for Social Care. In 2006 she elected was Chairman of Council for the COT for 3 years.

Dee retired in 2014 but continues her commitment through professional activities with the COT Conference Committee and as a CQC Specialist Advisor. In February 2015 Dee was appointed to Chair a NICE National Guideline Committee on Intermediate Care including Reablement. As a NICE fellow she is looking forward to promoting the work of NICE and importance of evidence based practice.

Helen Bromley

Consultant in Public Health

Read more

Helen started her career in nursing but soon turned her attention to the broader area of public health. She studied for a degree in geography and a master’s degree in geography and population health. Helen was awarded her PhD (Geography and Social Medicine) in 1998 from the University of Bristol and her Master of Public Health degree from The University of Liverpool in 2007.

Helen is passionate about using research and evidence to improve the quality of health and social care services for local populations. She has worked predominantly in NHS and academic settings, both in the UK and overseas, including Canada, New Zealand, China, Mexico, India, Syria and many European countries.

She has extensive experience of developing participatory and qualitative approaches in health research, as well as training others to undertake such research. Currently, Helen is a Consultant in Public Health at Cheshire West and Chester Council and a visiting professor at the University of Chester.

Julian Hamilton-Shield

Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology

Read more

Julian Hamilton-Shield is a Professor of Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology at the University of Bristol (UK). He undertook his clinical training in Bristol and the Hospitals for Sick Children, London.

He has been an honorary consultant paediatrician at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children since 1997. He is currently the deputy director of a National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition at Bristol researching ‘optimising nutrition in children with chronic disease to improve health outcomes’ and has research interests in the causes and treatment of all forms of childhood diabetes, obesity and later cardiovascular risk.

He hopes to use his fellowship to work in his areas of speciality interest: diabetes, obesity and chronic disease in childhood and more broadly to work with NICE medical device evaluation. Having a chronic renal condition himself, he also hopes to use this experience in the area of patient involvement in NICE decision making.

Mark Tighe

Consultant paediatrician

Read more

Mark Tighe is a consultant paediatrician at Poole Hospital. His special interests include paediatric gastroenterology, and oncology, and he was part of the NICE guideline on gastro-oesophageal reflux in children. He’s also an Associate Editor of Archives of Disease in Childhood, and leads the paediatric research program at Poole Hospital.

Richard Seal

Chief Pharmacist – NHS Trust Development Authority

Read more

Registered pharmacist, Richard Seal MSc FRPharmS FFRPS is passionate about helping people to make the most of their medicines and enabling them to become more involved in making decisions and managing their own care. During his career, he has worked in a wide variety of operational and national NHS pharmacy roles and in 2014 was made a fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Sarah Fishburn

Lay healthcare reviewer

Read more

Sarah has a keen interest in all aspects of healthcare and has developed an expertise and understanding of how women and families using maternity services experience healthcare. She has been a lay member on a number of NICE guideline development groups for the Intrapartum Care Update and Intrapartum Care for High Risk Women as well as Pregnancy with Complex Social Factors. She is also a member of Rapid Update Committee A and was a member of the guideline review panel, as well as developing training tools for systematic reviewing and health economics. She originally qualified as a physiotherapist and specialised in acquired neurological conditions, but is not currently practising.

She chairs the Pelvic Partnership support group for women with pelvic girdle pain related to pregnancy and is a lay reviewer with the local supervising authority, Mott MacDonald, the Nursing & Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

As one of the first lay fellows at NICE she will promote NICE guidance within the NHS and the voluntary sectors. As an ambassador for NICE, she will encourage the involvement of people using health services in both accessing and implementing guidance, in order to improve the quality of care.

Sarah Silverton

Patient & Public Experience Lead

Read more

Sarah graduated from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, Kings College London and has nearly twenty years of practical experience working in hospital and community environments as a mental health nurse in acute and crisis services. For the past four years she has been the Patient & Public Experience Lead at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and recently completed an MSc with the NHS Leadership Academy.

Sarah was a NICE scholar 2013-14 and a finalist in the NICE Shared Learning Awards 2015. As a scholar she spent her time focusing on complaints and the patient experience of the NHS complaints process. She used every complaint as a learning opportunity to support healthcare staff in improving patient experience. Using the NICE guideline and accompanying quality standard on patient experience, complaints were categorised and themed to identify areas of poor practice and solutions to improving care.

Sarah will take the opportunities offered as a NICE fellow to continue to build on the work she did as a scholar and share this with other healthcare organisations. She also intends collaborating with the mental health and community sector using the NICE guideline and accompanying quality standard on patient experience in mental health services to improve the experience of patients with mental health problems in the acute sector.

Saskia Ritchie

Chief Executive of Cheshire Without Abuse

Read more

Saskia Ritchie has 22 year's experience working in the domestic abuse sector and is currently the Chief Executive of Cheshire Without Abuse (CWA). This charity supports men, women and children who suffer from domestic abuse. The charity has been transformed under her leadership from a failing organisation to being one of the most innovative and effective organisations in the domestic abuse sector in the country.

This has been achieved by her drive for excellence and core skills being:

  • influencing and negotiating, change management, organisation management
  • leadership
  • strategic planning
  • finance modelling
  • budget management

together with the understanding of social, political and policy landscape to influence practice and policy to achieve integration of domestic abuse into the wider health and social care agendas and services.

In 2015, CWA was a Regional Winner of the Lloyds Bank Foundation – Charity Achievement Awards.

Saskia is passionate about improving services for people who have experienced domestic abuse and shifting provision from crisis intervention to early help and prevention. She is currently studying for a PhD in Criminology and Social Work, to add to her Research Masters – ‘Working with perpetrators of domestic abuse’ (Ruskin College, Oxford). In addition she is also an active board member of Body Positive Cheshire.


Back to top

2015-18 NICE Fellows

Enid Povey

Head of Clinical Assurance, Digital Assessment Service

NHS Choices within the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

Read more

Enid spent over 15 years with NHS Direct in roles that included Education lead and Nurse Consultant. Her final role was as Associate Director for Clinical Information and Development where she was responsible for the development of systems and information to support Clinicians, Non-clinicians and the public. She has worked on both NICE and DH guideline development groups ensuring remote assessment is at the heart of care. She now heads the Digital service at NHS Choices which provides evidenced based self-assessment tools online that support patient care and the wider health economy.

She will spend her time as a NICE Fellow focusing on remote assessment, both ensuring its consideration within published guidance but also, through a communication strategy, influencing providers to raise the profile of evidence based care to ensure consistency and best practice across the services.

Gail Sowden

Consultant Physiotherapist

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust

Read more

Gail is the Allied Health Professions lead for pain and vocational rehabilitation across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust. She also works in a clinical trials unit at Keele University, where she is involved in world-leading musculoskeletal research, is a co-applicant on three international research collaborations and publishes in peer reviewed journals.

As a NICE Fellow, Gail will utilise the expertise, networks, tools and resources that have been developed through her AHSN work to support implementation of the ‘Management of Non Specific Low Back Pain and Sciatica Guidelines’ (2016). She aims to increase awareness of the NICE guideline development process, the implementation support that NICE provide and NICE’s non-guideline related work, and to assist NICE in their engagement strategy.

Jane Viner

Director of Nursing, Professional Practice and People’s Experience

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Read more

Jane qualified as a registered nurse with an MSc Nursing and an MA Education. Her most recent posts are Executive Director for a Health and Social Care provider and currently as Executive Director within an acute provider with Pioneer status. Her portfolio includes quality and safety, clinical risk, clinical governance, safeguarding, infection control, and user experience. Jane is currently working with partners to develop an integrated health and social care system that brings together providers, commissioners and the public to design and deliver a joined up health and social care strategy with a public health and ill-health prevention focus.

As a NICE fellow, she plans to continue to work across the health and social care system to implement the NICE quality standard QS15, Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services. She will have a specific focus on application of the standard to independent sector provider partners and within non-bed based settings. The outcome is development of a single experience assessment tool with a common set of metrics that can be applied across the whole health and social care system.

Jeremy Rodrigues

Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery

University of Oxford & Health Education Thames Valley

Read more

Jeremy qualified from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc with first class Honours in Experimental Pathology, MBChB with Honours, and an MSc with Distinction in Surgical Sciences. The main subject of his research is clinical outcome assessment in hand surgery, and he is currently finalising a PhD thesis related to this topic. Jeremy has previously held a NICE Scholarship, during which he developed an interest in the incorporation of clinical evidence into surgical practice. Jeremy’s fellowship will work on several projects, including validation of outcome measures, comparative study design and clinical guideline development in hand surgery.

Jo Aldridge

Professor of Social Policy and Criminology

Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University

Read more

Jo is Professor of Social Policy and Criminology at Loughborough University. She is also director of the Young Carers Research Group (YCRG), which is known both nationally and internationally for its pioneering research on young carers and their families. Jo also works with a range of vulnerable or marginalized groups, including people with mental health problems, people with learning difficulties and unsupported women victims of domestic violence. She has developed creative, participatory methods of working more inclusively with vulnerable or marginalized people who are often excluded from research that uses conventional methods of engagement. Jo’s most recent publication, Participatory Research: Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice, draws together her extensive experience of working with vulnerable, socially excluded people in research and practice settings. Jo has also published widely in the fields of mental health, children’s rights, disability rights and domestic violence and she has also written practice guidance for health and social care professionals on parental mental health and child welfare both in the UK, for the Scottish Government and in Australia where she works closely with the national Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI) network.

Julia Terry

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Swansea University

Read more

Julia is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Swansea University where she leads the Mental Health team in the Department of Nursing in the College of Human & Health Sciences, and teaches on pre and post registration programmes. Her specialist areas are child & adolescent mental health and mental health promotion. Julia leads the College’s service user and carer involvement group for health care professional programmes, ensuring the service user and carer perspective becomes a key focus in student learning. She is a member of the All Wales Senior Nurse Advisory Group for Mental Health, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, and the All Wales Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery Group.

Julia’s focus for the NICE Fellowship will include a number of strands. She will be promoting the NICE student champion role among university students, to encourage students to increase their knowledge about evidence based practice. She will drive health improvement by exploring current teaching and learning material on mental health conditions, to promote the work of NICE in terms of best evidence. Julia will also be promoting patient and public involvement with NICE.

Peter Jenks

Consultant in Microbiology and Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

Department of Microbiology, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Read more

Peter Jenks was appointed as a Consultant Microbiologist in Plymouth in 2004 and shortly afterwards became the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. He was a member of the Topic Expert Group (TEG) that produced the Quality Improvement Guide for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare-associated Infections, Chair of the TEG that produced Quality Standard 49 on Surgical Site Infection and a member of the Quality Standards Advisory Committee that published Quality Standard 61 on Infection Prevention and Control in April 2014. He was elected as a member of Council of the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) in 2008 and was the Chair of the HIS Scientific Development Committee between 2010 and 2013.

Peter is interested in the diagnosis, management and prevention of infection, as well as antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. His specialist areas include the surveillance and prevention of surgical site infection, as well as the prevention and control of infections due to multi-drug resistant micro-organisms, including meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile and carbapenemase-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. More recently, he has been working on methods to assess the economic impact of healthcare-associated infections and how this allows the cost-benefit analysis of preventative interventions. In this Fellowship, Peter intends to continue to promote evidence-based improvements in the quality of infection prevention control, infection management and antimicrobial resistance across the health and care system. He is particularly interested in developing strategies to encourage and support others to demonstrate the local economic benefits that follow guideline implementation, so providing objective financial evidence for the benefits of adopting of quality improvement strategies.

Rachel Pryke

General practitioner

Winyates Health Centre, Redditch, Worcestershire

Read more

Rachel has a special interest in obesity, having written several books and many e-learning resources on obesity and child obesity. She has been a member of several high-profile obesity committees, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Obesity Steering Group, which produced the ‘Measuring Up: The medical profession’s prescription to the obesity crisis’ report, and the RCP Obesity Working Party, which resulted in the “Action on obesity: comprehensive care for all” report, addressing multidisciplinary team development of obesity services (January 2013). She has been GP representative on the Lancet Commission into liver disease in the UK, published in November 2014. She established and has chaired the RCGP Nutrition Group since 2013. She is currently engaged in developing a web-based self-help parenting programme to support families highlighted by the National Child Measuring Programme.

These varied projects have generated many questions about how evidence-based medicine can translate across the diverse workforce of primary care and Rachel is particularly interested in development of translational tools to make evidence-based medicine more easily accessible, particularly at the point of decision making. Her role as NICE Fellow will be to explore how this process can evolve, making sure that the specific needs of the evidence users, i.e. both clinician and patient, are kept firmly in sight.

Rob Stenner

Consultant Physiotherapist

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Read more

Rob specialised in musculoskeletal medicine and has combined work in the NHS with working in professional sport. Robs interest and expertise focuses on the management of spinal problems, and in his clinical role he runs spinal assessment clinics in a community setting. He has a specific interest in improving the quality of health care delivery focusing on the patient experience, and the extent to which patients are involved in decisions regarding their care as part of a patient-centred approach. He is a member of the Option Grid Collaborative, and has been involved as an editor in developing an Option Grid for the management of sciatica.

Rob completed his MSc in Pain Management at Leicester University in 2004 and his PhD at the University of the West of England in 2014 which explored how shared decision making and patient partnership are addressed by physiotherapists in the process of exercise prescription for patients with chronic low back pain. He will spend his time as a NICE Fellow developing his interest in patient experience (CG138) and shared decision making, and integrating this with the revised NICE Low Back Pain (LBP) guidelines (CG88). He will explore if the collaborative development of clinical guidelines and patient decision aids can help support the implementation of the revised NICE LBP guidelines to benefit both professionals and patients so that care is tailored to the individual preference of patients.

Vimal Sriram

Learning and Improvement Fellow


Read more

Vimal operates within the Collaborative Learning and Partnerships Theme of NIHR CLAHRC NWL. His work focuses on building capacity and capability of clinical, non-clinical and academic staff in the use of the CLAHRC NWL systematic approach for quality improvement. Vimal read for his MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and is also a registered Occupational Therapist with over 13 years of experience working in orthopaedics, trauma and neuro-rehab within acute and community care settings. In his professional career, he has been a clinician, senior manager and commissioner. He is a member of the London clinical senate forum and the strategic clinical network for dementia. Vimal supports NICE as an Accreditation, Quality and Productivity external adviser. He is a member of the London Allied Health Professions Advisory Group and a clinical and professional specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission.

The focus of his fellowship will be on using NICE guidance and guidelines to inform transition between stages of quality improvement projects and ensure sustainability and long term success of these projects. He will act as an ambassador for NICE with clinical, academic, non-clinical and industry to ensure that they have a sound understanding of NICE. Vimal will focus on efforts that support professional development, better care and bridging the gap between good evidence and practice mainly with the allied health professions.


Back to top

2014-17 NICE Fellows

Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Senior Specialist Registrar in Public Health, London

Public Health Department, Department of Health

Read more

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.

Rachel Brown

General Practitioner

Montpelier Health Centre

Read more

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.

Sally Coomber

Consultant Occupational Physician

Read more

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 work related diseases and practicalities of improving resilience and wellbeing at work. She is also the Faculty of Occupational Medicine teaching lead for Norwich Medical School and a tutor for the University of Manchester MSc in Occupational Medicine.

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.

Victoria Elliot

Principal Care Consultant

Orders of St John Care Trust, Lincolnshire

Read more

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.

Veronica Maynard

Clinical Education

Read more

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 evidence based practice; and in 2011 was appointed Lead for Evidence Based Medicine on the BMBS programme at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry; and in 2013 Lead for Postgraduate Programmes at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD).

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.

Mojgan H Sani

Head of Pharmacy & Clinical Director Medicines Optimisation

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Read more

Mojgan is the Head of Pharmacy & Clinical Director Medicines Optimisation at 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.

Mojgan will be acting as an ambassador for NICE in her capacity as a Fellow with a personal area of interest in the national Medicines Management and Optimisation Agenda. The medicines optimisation agenda will ensure that patients have the best-possible experience and outcome by ensuring that the correct medicines are prescribed to manage specific conditions in line with the evidence, minimising medication risks and re-admissions as well as reducing medicines waste.

Andy Tilden

Director of Sector Development - Skills


Read more

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!


Back to top

2013-16 Fellows

David Baldwin

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Nottingham University hospitals

Read more

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 in the University of Nottingham. He has published over 100 papers on many aspects of respiratory medicine and lung cancer. He is lead respiratory physician and co-applicant on the UK CT lung cancer screening trial (UKLS).

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.

Rosie Benneyworth

GP, Clinical Commissioner

St James Medical Centre/Somerset CCG

Read more

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 on urgent care, the Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust contract and Cancer Commissioning. She is also a member of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and believes this offers an excellent opportunity to look at how health and social care can work more closely together. Rosie has recently been involved in the NICE guideline development group for Urinary Incontinence in Women.

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.

Nicola Decker

General Practitioner at Oakley and Overton Partnership

Dementia Lead for North Hampshire CCG

Read more

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. Identifiying these would help to turn a clear guideline in to a successful and ongoing care pathway which will result in improved outcomes for our patients and their carers.

In primary care there is a need to identify the cultural obstacles (in society and in our profession) which hinder implementation. This is a well-recognised challenge for all guidelines, but Dementia has profound implications within primary care.

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.

Krysia Dziedzic

Arthritis Research UK Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies

Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University

Read more

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 evidence based physiotherapy practice through randomised controlled clinical trials. In 2000 Krysia was appointed Arthritis Research UK Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy. Krysia works as part of an interdisciplinary research team at Keele who was awarded Arthritis Research UK funding as the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre and was awarded a personal chair in 2010. Krysia currently leads an NIHR funded study, MOSAICS (Managing Osteoarthritis In Consultations), implementing the 2008 NICE OA guidelines (GD59) in partnership with general practices in the North West Midlands. The MOSAICS study has produced resources for patients and training for GPs and practice nurses (led by clinical opinion leaders), integrated a pop up template to record care (quality indicators), and piloted OA quality measures of patients' experiences of care.

In this Fellowship Krysia will firstly integrate the Update of the NICE OA guideline (2013) into the above resources ready for local and regional roll out. Regionally, Krysia will develop integrated working between researchers, health care professionals, patients and NICE to increase the uptake of NICE musculoskeletal guidelines. Nationally Krysia will work closely with the British Society for Rheumatology, The British Health Professionals in Rheumatology and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to disseminate the NICE osteoarthritis update guidelines through contributions to national conferences and professional meetings, and further the opportunities for allied health professionals to become involved in NICE GDGs. In the second phase of the Fellowship Krysia will work with NICE experts and stakeholders to develop a simple summary of guidance on non-pharmacological therapies across the key chronic diseases for patients and health care professionals.

Andrew Hartland

Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Medical Lead for Bariatrics

Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

Read more

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 holds, and is a Founding Trustee of the British Obesity Society. He was President of the Pathology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine 2011-2013. He is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham Medical School and Quality Lead for the Pathology School, West Midlands Deanery.

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.

Asma Khalil

Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, St. George's Hospital, London

Honorary Senior Lecturer at St George's Medical School, University of London

Read more

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 service at St George's Hospital, the referral unit for the South West London region. She gained her MD at the University of London in 2009. She also has a Masters degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an MRC scholarship.

She has published more than 30 peer reviewed papers, and many published review articles and chapters. She was awarded many research prizes, both at national and international meetings. Her research interests include hypertensive disease in pregnancy and multiple pregnancy. She is committed to the implementation of clinical guidelines in practice and believes that they could reduce inequalities in care across the NHS. She is a representative member of the fetal medicine at the national Clinical Reference Groups for specialised services. She was selected for the “Prepare to Lead” scheme in 2011, a leadership programme funded by NHS London. She has active collaborations with international societies, particularly in developing countries.

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 of Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). She founded 'The Birth Foundation' charity which aims to raise public and professional awareness of medical problems in pregnancy.

Amanda Parker

Director of Nursing and Quality

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Read more

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.

Amanda Smith

Director of Therapies and Health Science

Powys teaching Health Board

Read more

Amanda is Director of Therapies and Health Sciences at Powys teaching Health Board in mid Wales. Her professional career has been as a speech and language therapist, specialising in paediatric speech, language and communication disorders with school-aged children with special educational needs. With a particular interest in quality improvement in child and adult education, she completed her PhD in Education in 2004 and lectured and tutored on undergraduate and Masters courses for teachers.

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 on the implementation of guidance and quality standards to improve patient experience across a range of healthcare settings. She will work with therapy and health science professional groups across Wales and, specifically, with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, to promote awareness of the work of NICE as a support for professional development and evidence-based practice. She will also continue to maintain strong links with higher educational establishments, contributing to the development of the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula for therapies and health science professions across Wales.

Liz Warburton

Consultant in stroke medicine

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Read more

Liz trained at Oxford University and Guy's /St Thomas' Medical school (UMDS).

After junior medical posts at Guy's and Northwick Park Hospital she was an SpR in West London before doing an MRC Training Fellowship in stroke research at the Hammersmith. She was appointed as a Consultant in Stroke medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 1998. Since then she has led the development of organised stroke care locally and also in the East of England as the Anglia Stroke Network clinical lead within the National Stroke Improvement programme. She has maintained an active role in stroke research and leads the Cambridge Hyperacute Stroke Research Centre (part of the national, NIHR Stroke Research Network).

As a NICE fellow she aims to be an ambassador for stroke with a focus on the delivery of the NICE guidance (acute and rehabilitation) within more rural areas. Recognition of stroke, travel times, optimal size of stroke units and formation of specialist community stroke teams present particular challenges in areas of rurality. Service modelling, cost effectiveness analysis, public engagement and use of telehealth/telemedicine are some of the datasets needed to inform commissioners. In partnership with the newly created AHSN's and CCG's Liz aims to work with experts in service modelling and cost effectiveness to help define service structures best placed to deliver quality stroke care.

Alun Williams

Paediatric Urology / Transplant Surgery

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Read more

Alun is consultant in paediatric urology and kidney transplantation in Nottingham. He qualified at Oxford, did basic surgical training in Leeds and higher surgical training in paediatric surgery, paediatric urology and kidney transplantation between Leeds and Nottingham.

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 practice, and opens up the possibility of examining diverse models of providing health and social care with a 'complex systems' approach.

Alun's interest in NICE was sparked by membership of the guideline development group for the management of lower urinary tract dysfunction in neurological disease. He aims to take up some of the strands of this, focussing in particular on transition from paediatric to adult care.


Back to top