All our committees include experienced professionals with knowledge of a particular topic within health or social care. Professional members also bring specific technical skills to the process of developing and shaping our guidance.

Professional members can include:

  • NHS staff
  • healthcare professionals
  • local government staff
  • social care practitioners
  • allied health professionals
  • representatives from the life sciences industry
  • academics.

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Professional roles explained


The chair helps the commitee to work collaboratively and ensures a balanced contribution from all committee members. The chair also makes sure the committee follows our policies, methods and processes.

Topic expert

Topic experts are appointed to join committee meetings covering topics related to their expertise.


Committee members are appointed for 3 years, or for the whole of the development of a guideline. They are expected to attend all meetings.