How GPs help develop our guidance

GPs help to bring a primary care perspective to the guidance that we produce. They do this by taking part in the committees that develop our guidance

We’re always looking for a range of GPs to work with us on our committees, even those with just a few years’ experience. 

Get involved

View our current committee vacancies to find a role that you're interested in. 

What you need to work with us

You don’t need to be a senior or highly experienced GP to work on one of our committees. You don't need to have a specialist interest in a particular topic either.

It's important that our guidance is informed by the knowledge GPs have of supporting the day to day health of patients with a broad range of medical conditions. 

What you'll do

If you get involved in one of our committees, you can expect to:

  • Work with other professionals to develop internationally respected guidance. 
  • Share your clinical expertise and experience to help inform the guidance.
  • Spend time discussing the latest evidence on a particular topic.

You won't have to:

  • Find and translate scientific research. Our team does that for you!

The benefits of working with us

  • It's one of the best things you can do for your continuing professional development (CPD).
  • You get to take part in making sure our guidance reflects a GP's perspective.
  • You'll get time away from general practice, which will give you the opportunity to meet other professionals and work as part of a dynamic team.
  • You get the opportunity to play a role in developing internationally respected guidance.
  • You may get the opportunity to improve your own knowledge and understanding of a topic. This could help to inform your practice, and improve the wellbeing of your patients. 

Committee members reading papers during a committee meeting.

You don't need lots of experience, or a specialist interest to work with us. It's your workplace experience that we're interested in.

Susan Spiers, associate director, guideline updates team

Hear from GPs who've worked with us before

I’m a member of the committee for the depression in children guideline update. My whole experience with NICE has been extremely positive.

I’ve developed a respect for their indefatigable technical advisors who summarise all the evidence for the committee. I was very impressed with the structure of the group, especially the patient and carer representatives who were articulate and gave a voice to what had gone well and not so well in their own care.

Initially, I was afraid of not being able to present the GP voice, but in each group, participation was fully encouraged and facilitated.

Dr Janice Allister, GP

I’ve been involved in a guideline around vaccination uptake. I work clinically in an area with the lowest vaccination uptake in the country. This means that I'm able to bring a perspective about the issues clinicians face when dealing with increasing vaccine hesitancy.

During my time as a committee member, I’ve gained an understanding of the processes behind writing good quality, evidence-based guidance.

I’ve enjoyed collaborating with experts and peers from other disciplines. It’s also been great to contribute towards improving health and social care practice in the UK.

Dr Tehseen Khan, GP and clinical director of a primary care network in City and Hackney

My first experience of being part of a guideline committee came with the guideline on anaphylaxis in 2010. I had such a positive experience that I have actively sought involvement in other guideline development and evidence updates.

Being part of a wide-ranging group, from lay members through to doctors, allied health professionals, health economists and editors has been entertaining and educational. It has also given me enormous respect for the work involved in creating such guidelines and always invigorates my love of medicine.

It's crucial that primary care has a strong voice in the creation of NICE guidelines. The majority of guidelines (around 90%) have a direct impact on primary care. Primary care practitioners can lend a layer of practicality when considering the real-world implications of guidance.

Dr Matt Doyle, GP partner with a specialist interest in allergic medicine and immunology

I’d really encourage GPs to take part in a guideline committee at NICE. Being a committee member was a fascinating process. I learned a lot about a subject area where my knowledge was fairly basic, and it motivated me to change my practice.

It was great to hear about the evidence from national experts and to be able to ask questions. The environment was really supportive and friendly. It wasn’t intimidating (as I had feared it might be).

During the process I was able to ask some pragmatic questions as a jobbing GP which I think contributed to keeping the guidance simple. I also contributed some understanding about how ‘real-world’ processes work in a practice, which led to an adjustment to the economic modelling.