2017-20 NICE Fellows

Carol McCrum

Consultant physiotherapist in musculoskeletal medicine

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Carol McCrum is a consultant physiotherapist at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and visiting research fellow at University of Brighton. She works clinically within the multidisciplinary teams in rheumatology and orthopaedic outpatient services at the Trust and with the musculoskeletal physiotherapy team. Carol completed her doctorate in 2011 and is active in clinical research and supervision.

Carol was a member of the guideline development committee for the recently published NICE guidance on spondyloarthritis in over 16’s: diagnosis and management. This group of inflammatory conditions can be challenging to diagnose and to date the average time from symptom onset to diagnosis has been around 8-9 years, despite significant advances in imaging and treatment.

In her role as a NICE Fellow, Carol aims to help raise awareness and support the implementation of the NICE Guidelines on spondyloarthritis using strategies including professional education events, clinical and professional networks, and presentation and publication strategies. This also includes raising awareness of the implementation support tools and services we provide to help with guideline implementation in healthcare organisations. Carol is also keen to help improve understanding of how guidance is developed, raise awareness of the work of NICE and its resources, foster engagement in its activities and help support the contributions to evidence development and evidence informed practice through the research recommendations

Erika Damato

Consultant medical ophthalmologist, Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre

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Erika Damato specializes in uveitis and inflammatory eye disease and medical retina and also works in the National Centre of Excellence for Bechet’s disease.

Erika trained in general medicine in the South West before embarking on a career in medical ophthalmology at Bristol eye hospital. She then travelled to New Zealand where she worked with the Fred Hollows foundation and undertook a clinical research fellowship in diabetic retinopathy in the Pacific. The aim of the fellowship was to report the severity and significance of diabetic eye disease in this part of the world.

In her role as a NICE fellow, Erika aims to improve the care of patients with uveitis and inflammatory eye disease by developing guidelines and auditable pathways for such patients and also by implementing existing NICE guidance into current practice. Patients with medical eye problems often have significant systemic associations and co-morbidities, whose care is often delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Delivery of such care may vary between different institutions. Erika aims to use this opportunity to work together with NICE and help to standardize the care of patients with sight threatening ocular inflammatory conditions irrespective of where they live in the UK.

Geeta Kumar

Consultant obstetrician & gynaecologist and clinical director, Wrexham Maelor hospital

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Geeta qualified in India. After doing her masters in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, she moved to the UK in 1995. She completed a 7 year UK speciality training programme from Manchester deanery and started her first consultant post in Manchester in 2003 before moving to North Wales. Her special interests include menstrual disorders, menopause, gynaecological ultrasound, medical education and medical leadership. She completed a PG certificate in clinical leadership with distinction in 2015 and is currently undertaking a senior clinical leadership programme with King’s fund, London.

As the current chair of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Patient information committee, she leads a multi-professional team working towards improving patient and public education and empowerment. As a member of the NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee for over 4 years, she has contributed towards development of high quality evidence-based health care standards.

Geeta is passionate about the role of service users and carers in decision-making. As a NICE fellow she hopes to become a true ambassador and champion for NICE, trying to ensure education on active patient involvement as well as helping implement an evidence-based approach to healthcare amidst the significant challenges currently faced by the NHS.

Jim Thomas

Programme head for workforce innovation and redesign

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Jim was Cambridgeshire County Council’s and Cambridgeshire Health Authorities Joint Training organiser in the 1990s, running a broad programme of integrated learning and development programme. In 2000 he led the development of integrated teams across Cambridgeshire's adult social care and health services. He also worked for the Valuing People Support Team as their expert advisor on workforce development.

Since joining Skills for Care in 2007 he has led a range of national programmes of workforce Innovation. These include developing a framework for workforce redesign, with the principles of workforce integration, in partnership with ADASS, LGA, NHS employers, TLAP and Skills for Health. His current programme includes workforce commissioning, commissioning for wellbeing qualifications, skills led approaches to community development, transforming care, digital champions and looking at the shared strategic learning and development issues for housing and social care.

He will spend his time as a NICE fellow exploring the links between NICE’s work programme and the strategic and operational workforce requirements for adult social care working. He is looking to find ways to use both the work of NICE and Skills for Care across all aspects of adult social care workforce development.

Naomi McVey

Head of programmes for the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

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Naomi is responsible for overseeing national programmes of work to support implementation of AHPs into Action, the framework for the 14 allied health professions (AHPs) in England. She works closely with other arm’s length bodies and a range of national and local stakeholders.

Naomi is currently on secondment from her substantive role as the North West AHP Workforce Lead, Health Education England, where she is responsible for supporting workforce transformation for AHPs in the region.

Naomi will use her time as a NICE fellow to promote the range and relevance of NICE’s work to AHPs. She aims to increase awareness of the NICE guideline development process. She also hopes to broaden understanding of how AHPs and other healthcare professionals can get involved, as well as the role and breadth of NICE’s work. This is with the aim of helping them to improve and transform health and care services.


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2016-19 fellows

Catherine Williams

Lay representative in maternity

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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)

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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)

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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, Cheshire West and Chester Council

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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

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Julian is a Professor of diabetes and metabolic endocrinology at the University of Bristol. 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, Poole Hospital

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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2015-18 fellows

Enid Povey

Head of Clinical Assurance, Digital Assessment Service

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Enid has set up a NICE enabler for review and input from clinicians across NHS Digital. This seeks expertise when appropriate and keeps individuals informed about the NICE landscape. Enid has also been encouraging active participation in GDG’s and with recent surveys.

Enid has reviewed processes for development and review within NHS Choices to ensure cycles are based upon NICE guideline and update timing. She has introduced regular NICE update meetings internally and on a monthly basis with NICE to discuss any issues and discrepancies.

Gail Sowden

Consultant Physiotherapist, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust

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Gail organised a 1 day conference: ‘Maximising Best Evidence: A NICE day out.’ David Haslam and Joanne McCormack both presented at the day which explored the barriers and solutions to implementing NICE guidelines, as well as promoting the tools and resources available to support implementation. 38 delegates from primary and secondary care, managers, commissioners, educators, researchers and patient representatives attended. Multimoribidity, low back pain, and sciatica and osteoarthritis were the guidelines focused on during the presentations and workshops.

Gail is commissioning, co-writing and editing a number of sessions which will make up the musculoskeletal ePain module (free online training for NHS professionals), this is in conjunction with Health Education England, The Royal College of Aneathetists and The British Pain Society. One session is specifically about NICE Low back pain and Sciatica guidelines and a second on back pain, also relating to these guidelines. NICE's approval will be sought for the NICE back pain module.

Gail has delivered several 4 and 5 day training sessions to NHS staff which specifically refer to the NICE Low back pain and sciatica guidelines and also the NICE research recommendations.

Gail is leading an international project group on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Pain, tasked with producing a guide – ‘Addressing the evidence to practice gap.’ The document will outline the challenges, summarise the evidence, present 4 case studies and highlight implications for policy and practice. It explicitly refers to NICE and NICE clinical guidelines and one of the case studies concerns implementation of these into practice.

Jane Viner

Director of Nursing, Professional Practice and People’s Experience

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Jane has engaged with Chris Connell on a medicine management in care homes project and they are currently organising a multi-agency workshop to discuss the challenges and how NICE can support improvement. She has been active in raising the profile of NICE and the fellows programme, for example, through blogs and an article in NICETimes. Jane contributed to NICE Adult Social Care Quality Matters.

Jane has worked to integrate NICE quality standards into the contracting and commissioning process with independent care home providers. While this should drive quality improvement, there is no guarantee and it is difficult to demonstrate a direct correlation between improved contracting and improved care. Jane has therefore supported development of a Quality Assessment and Improvement Team (QuAIT). A new manager has been appointed and a registered nurse added to the team. The work and competencies have been revised. This has provided the capacity to build trusting relationships with care homes and regularly undertake quality visits.

The team produce regular reports highlighting those performing well on the contract and indicators and those that are challenged. They are able to provide support and advice to care home managers and staff and have become a critical part of the Trust care home governance process.

Jane has been offering free education and training to private, independent and voluntary sector providers of care. This has been well received and applications to access free education resources has exceeded expectations. Jane is in the process of developing a research proposal in collaboration with Plymouth University to evaluate the impact of the free education on staff and care.

Jeremy Rodrigues

Academic Clinical Fellow in Plastic Surgery

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Jeremy acted as an ambassador for NICE at national meetings and conferences within his field. He has co-authored 3 technology appraisal reports through the links with Warwick University developed as part of his Fellowship. Jeremy discussed his NICE Fellowship in his successful NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship selection process.

Jo Aldridge

Professor of Social Policy and Criminology, Loughborough University

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Jo presented to the NICE strategy board meeting. She has presented on the Fellowship and NICE more broadly within her own University and externally, including to government departments and the national Public Policy Exchange conference on safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation. NICE also features in her international work, for example with the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Jo incorporates NICE (and evidence search) into her graduate and postgraduate teaching. She supported Anne Weist and Deborah O’Callaghan to give an introduction on NICE to social policy and social care students.

During the last 12 months Jo has continued to link through the social care collaborating centre, specifically her connections with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfa) and SCIE. Jo has also represented NICE on the International Collegiate and Agency National Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (INCADVA).

Julia Terry

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Swansea University

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For 2 years, the NICE education manager supported the delivery of the Student Champion Scheme at Swansea University, which Julia co-facilitated. In year 3 Julie delivered the training without the need for NICE to travel to Swansea. The University are now looking to develop an e-learning resource on evidence search, with existing student champions, that will educate about the search engine in a sustainable way. Julia has also developed several resources introducing NICE guidance into the nursing curriculum.

Julia has led a small research team to carry out a study about NICE student champions, which has been submitted for publication. It has also been accepted as a conference abstract for the Higher Education Academy’s Annual Conference 2018.

Julia has continued to progress her work to enhance the Patient and Public Involvement agenda in Wales. She chairs the All Wales Supporting Community Engagement in Healthcare Education Network.

Julia presented her work, along with alumni Fellow, Maria Dyban at an event in Cardiff called NICE Guidance: from the website to the ground.

Peter Jenks

Consultant in Microbiology and Director of Infection Prevention and Control

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Peter has been appointed as a specialist member of the surgical site infection committee. He has also been appointed as an expert advisor for Centre for Clinical Practice and in this capacity has provided a review as to whether an update was required of guideline NG15 Antimicrobial stewardship: systems and processes for effective antimicrobial medicine use.

He is a standing member of our public health advisory committee for the management of common infections and during his time as a Fellow was also specialist member for 2 quality standard advisory committees. He has provided expert comments as a clinical advisor on ‘Devices for monitoring hand washing’ for the Medical Technologies Evaluation Programme.

Peter organised a symposium on guidelines and quality standards for infection prevention and control, healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship for 2 national conferences which included Mark Baker talking about why we need guidance, as well as Peter talking about the guidelines.

Rachel Pryke

General practitioner

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Rachel was successful in getting endorsement of training material to support obesity and malnutrition. The material has been central to a related piece of work with the World Health Organisation to develop an obesity training course for primary care staff.

Rachel is currently developing a project with the RCGP to push forward mulitmorbidity management in primary care. She has liaised with NICE around possible links and is planning to work with the implementation team to explore opportunities to bring the guideline to a wider GP audience.

Rachel has presented on liver disease at several national conferences, such as Primary Care and Public Health 2017. NICE guidance underpins these sessions but adoption has been poor, partly due to a mismatch between guidance and local availability of care pathways and testing facilities.

Rachel is a member of the joint SACN, NHSE and Diabetes UK working group on low carbohydrate/high fat diets compared to current government advice and will ensure NICE guidance is considered. She is the RCGP representative on the Collaborative Obesity Health Alliance and chairs a network of GPs with an interest in nutrition.

Rob Stenner

Consultant Physiotherapist, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Rob is involved in the National Shared Decision Making Collaborative. The Fellowship has also enabled him to develop links with his local Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and a research team at The University of Southampton. With his AHSN he is continuing to explore the development of a single point of access model using an online platform.

Along with the research team at The University of Southampton, Rob has submitted an NIHR research for patient benefit grant application to develop and feasibly test a digital decision aid to provide tailored evidence based advice to support treatment choices in low back pain (“treat-back”).

Vimal Sriram

Learning and Improvement Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC NWL

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Vimal has promoted NICE at the London Allied Health Professions Forum, at NIHR CLAHRC NWL learning events and via social media. He has also taught students on Masters level courses about NICE. This has included sign-posting to NICE evidence search, the use of quality standards in clinical practice and improvement examples.

He has encouraged colleagues and improvement leader Fellows to use NICE evidence search as a starting point for quality improvement initiatives and has also supported 2 shared learning submissions.


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2014-17 NICE Fellows

Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Senior Specialist Registrar in Public Health, Department of Health

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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

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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

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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

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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, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

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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

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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, Skills for Care

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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!


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2013-16 Fellows

David Baldwin

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Nottingham University hospitals

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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

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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

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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

Professor of Musculoskeletal Therapies, Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 and Transplant Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

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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.


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Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE - Honorary Fellow

Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London where he is Head of the Division of Surgery. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He also holds the Chair of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research. A detailed account of Professor Darzi's many professional achievements, honours, and interests is available on the Imperial College website.

Professor Darzi has been awarded the first Honorary NICE Fellowship in recognition of his significant contribution to improving the quality of NHS care.

Current NICE Fellows