Scholars

Support your own training and development while improving the quality of care.

Our scholarships are for 1 year. You'll learn all about the work we do.

Be part of a health and social care network that uses evidence to improve outcomes.

What's involved?

We aim to award 10 scholarships each year.

You will:

  • Act as our ambassadors.
  • Undertake a supported improvement project within a local organisation.
  • Support and maintain the connection between us and health and social care experts.
  • Engage with our senior staff and staff 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.

Would I be suitable?

Scholarships are suited to roles such as:

  • specialist registrars
  • senior nurses
  • pharmacists and allied health roles
  • healthcare scientists
  • service improvement leads
  • principal social workers
  • managers in social care providers
  • public health and social care specialists
  • psychological professionals
  • lay members from our committees
  • those working in the charitable and voluntary sector.

How does it work?

We'll provide a series of workshops. We also give you access to the skills and knowledge of our staff.

Scholarships are unpaid but travel and subsistence will be paid.

You must agree your application with your employer.

You'll take up a supported improvement project, related to our guidance. This will be within a local organisation, national charity or voluntary sector organisation. You'll be expected to spend around 7.5 hours per week on your project.

You'll need to make a proposal on how you'll spend your time as a scholar. View our project suggestions (Word) for some ideas of areas we would be keen to receive applications in.

Support

We've appointed 2 senior advisers to look after the programme and give expert support.

They have a wealth of experience in health and social care and in working with us. You can read more about them on our senior advisers page

Two of our scholars talk about their experience of the programme.

Our scholars

You can email us for information on previous scholars.

Dr Adrian Chudyk, GP, NIHR clinical lecturer

Dr Adrian Chudyk is a GP academic who shares his time between the positions of a GP partner in Park Medical Centre in Leek, Staffordshire, and a clinical lecturer at Primary Care Centre Versus Arthritis, school for primary, community and social Care, Keele University. He is also a GP champion for STarT Back within the Impact Accelerator Unit.

As NICE scholar he will accompany the process of transformation of the existing academic general practice into the academic general practices community. The exchange of knowledge and implementation is expected to occur via a systematic and consistent feedback-based process. This will implement the research, innovations, and standards of our guidance into practice. This will be monitored by focusing on implementation of our NG59 guideline on low back pain and sciatica in over 16s.

Dr Aris Angelis, assistant professor

Dr Aris Angelis is an assistant professor in health economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His main interest being health technology assessment. Aris received his PhD in pharmaceutical policy from London School of Economics (LSE). He also holds an MSc in international health policy from the LSE, an MSc in biopharmacy from King’s College London and a BSc in biochemistry from Imperial College London.

As a NICE scholar he aims to advance value assessment methods for cancer drugs. He will look to acheive this by extending current evaluation approaches for decision making. Focusing on clinical uncertain Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) products with potential multidimensional benefits, the project will aim to better understand how real world data activities can help to illustrate CDF products’ value. Also to identify additional value elements they are associated with. The findings could help to modernise technology appraisal methods for innovative cancer drugs.

Carrie-Ann Black, research and implementation nurse lead

Carrie-Ann is a senior mental health nurse at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM). Her current role divides her time between a national NIHR programme and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in SLAM. She is a research and implementation nurse lead at SLAM, supporting the implementation of CAMHS quality priorities. Carrie-Ann is also a part time PhD student with the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London.

As a NICE scholar, Carrie-Ann will undertake a quality improvement project to evaluate the implementation of our NG10 guideline on violence and aggression: short-term management in mental health, on three inpatient child and adolescent units at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. By completing this project, she hopes to further develop understanding of the application of this guidance in this specific and specialised clinical areas.

Dr Kate Duhig, ST5 registrar.

Dr Kate Duhig graduated in 2003 from King’s College London. She is a senior trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology. Her clinical interest is in maternal and fetal medicine. She holds membership to the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Kate undertook an NIHR academic clinical fellowship in obstetrics and gynaecology. She also completed a Masters degree in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Kate also completed a PhD in 2018 at King’s College London.

As a NICE scholar, Kate will focus on the improvement of care for women with gestational diabetes. She will assess our QS6 quality standard on diabetes in adults, which focuses on supporting women to monitor their blood glucose levels in pregnancy. She will oversee the implementation of a novel app-based health technology to the antenatal service, with the aim of supporting women to self-monitor blood glucose.

Dr Khyati Patel, principal forensic psychologist

Dr Khyati Patel is a principal forensic psychologist who completed her training at the University of Birmingham in 2013. Since then, she has worked in medium secure forensic wards across the NHS and private hospitals. She is currently employed by St Andrews Healthcare, a third sector charity organisation. Khyati has completed an MBA in healthcare management. She also holds a level 7 Certificate in strategic management and professional consulting from the Chartered Management Institute. Khyati is a guest lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and teaches on the forensic mental health masters course. Khyati is also undertaking a postgraduate course in cognitive behavioural therapy at the University of Oxford.

As a NICE scholar, Khyati will be undertaking an implementation project to ensure that our QS147 quality standard on healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing, is being implemented within St Andrews Healthcare.

Dr Hayley Boyce, specialist registrar

Dr Hayley Boyce completed her medical training in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Since 2017 she has worked as a specialist registrar in clinical oncology at Weston Park Cancer Centre in Sheffield. Before this she worked as a clinical teaching fellow linked the University of Nottingham, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in medical education. Hayley’s interests sit in both medical education and leadership. She is the co-chair of the Oncology Registrars’ Forum within the Royal College of Radiologists.

Hayley’s NICE scholar project will focus on the development and implementation of the recent COVID-19 rapid guidelines pertaining to the delivery of radiotherapy. Employing a mixed methods qualitative approach, the project will examine how evidence-based guidelines were produced using an accelerated guideline development process. The project will also evaluate the impact that they had on local radiotherapy practice, with a focus on how the rapid changes were communicated during an acute pandemic.

Nicole Jeffery, senior compliance facilitator

Nicole is an advanced practice nurse currently working as a senior compliance facilitator for Wye Valley NHS Trust. Nicole manages policies, NICE guidance, and CAS or national safety alerts for the Trust. She has previously worked in various roles within healthcare. She has been an analyst for the Care Quality Commission and a research associate with the University of Ryerson (Canada). She has also worked as an implementation specialist with the guideline development centre of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, and as a registered nurse.

Nicole’s project will focus on overhauling the Wye Valley NHS Trust NICE processes, from publication of guidance to evidencing completion of action plans. The aim is to use current technology to support the implementation of our recommendations. Ensuring that published guidance is utilised while not overburdening healthcare providers. The project will also look to embed quality standards into quality improvement initiatives within the Trust.

Theo Bartholomew, GP speciality registrar

Theo qualified from University College London Medical School in 2015 and is currently a GP specialty registrar in Guildford. Theo completed a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. This is where he developed a special interest in cost-effectiveness analysis and resource allocation in healthcare. He has also worked in Germany as a strategy consultant in the life sciences industry.

Theo’s NICE scholarship project will assess how real-world evidence and the emerging technique of population health management (PHM) can be utilised to improve the identification and management of adults with multimorbidity. It aims to leverage the power of linked datasets to design proactive models of care. The goal of his project is to ascertain whether the health and social care needs of adults with multimorbidity can be anticipated and addressed early. This will in turn reduce treatment burden and unplanned care within this patient cohort.

Therese McCartney, specialist registrar

Therese is a specialist registrar in medical oncology in Northern Ireland. Her particular interest in improving post-graduate education stems from her time as a secondary school science teacher. Throughout her medical career she has continued to pursue her interests in education. She is currently a sub-deanery fellow assisting in the delivery of the medical curriculum to students. She is currently reading for a postgraduate diploma in clinical education, having completed her PGCE (Clinical Education) in June 2020.

As a NICE scholar, Therese will work with the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency. She will provide post-graduate teaching for doctors in medical specialities. This training programme will act as a platform to update both trainees and doctors within their individual specialities on our up-to-date guidelines across all medical sub-specialities. This will improve the implementation of those guidelines in actual practice.

Becky Parker, consultant midwife trainee

Becky qualified as a midwife in 2007. Since then she's worked at University Hospital Southampton (UHS). For the past 6 years Becky has been a coordinator of the freestanding midwife-led unit in the New Forest.

Having gained extensive experience in maternity services, Becky is now undertaking a 3-year consultant practitioner trainee programme, sponsored by Health Education England.

Becky is also working towards a PhD exploring the confidence and competence of midwives in managing obstetric emergencies in community settings.

As a NICE scholar, Becky plans to review the processes for induction of labour at UHS, with reference to the updated our guidance due to be released in August 2020.

It is anticipated that improvements will be made to the:

  • methods of induction of labour
  • information given to support informed choices
  • physical and emotional experiences of women and birthing people undergoing induction.

Bhavesh Patel, specialty registrar in ear, nose and throat

Bhavesh graduated with distinction from Imperial College London in 2013. Subsequently, he completed his academic foundation training under Professor Ara Darzi at St Mary’s Hospital. He was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2014. Currently, Bhavesh is a specialist registrar in otolaryngology based at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea.

Alongside surgical training, Bhavesh has an interest in healthcare management, having completed a BSc in management and an internship at McKinsey Health Institute. Having recently completed a Masters in surgical education, he serves as an academic tutor at Imperial College London.

As a NICE scholar, Bhavesh will focus on the implementation of our QS146 quality standard on head and neck cancer within his local organisation. This project will explore the factors that influence adoption of our guidance within an individual organisation. It will inform us on strategies to encourage the adoption of our guidance amongst healthcare providers nationally.

Conrad Harrison, probationer research student and honorary specialty registrar in plastic and reconstructive surgery

Conrad is a PhD student at Oxford University and an honorary specialist registrar in plastic and reconstructive surgery. His research, which is supported by the National Institute for Health Research, focuses on contemporary techniques for measuring the outcomes of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is helping to develop tools that could improve outcome measurement in surgical trials, clinical care and commissioning.

During his scholarship, Conrad plans to learn more about how he can work with us to translate his research into real-world benefit for NHS patients. He is also interested in how we could extend the reach of our guidance to areas of unmet need within his specialty. His project will review methods used to assess quality of life in our interventional procedures guidance, with a specific focus on measuring quality of life in children.

Daniel Wilson, operations manager children’s residential services

Daniel has worked at Derbyshire County Council for nearly 7 years. He's currently operations manager with responsibility for the local authority’s children’s homes.

He has led on children’s home improvement, change management, project leadership and implementation of evidence-based and research-led approaches.

Daniel has used our quality standard on children’s attachment to help develop his services, particularly with the implementation of a crisis or emergency support team and a small therapeutically informed home. He intends to undertake the scholarship to further embed the standard, develop the teams and encompass the whole residential service.

Duncan Fortescue-Webb, specialty registrar in public health

Prior to joining the Wessex Deanery for specialty training, Duncan read physics and philosophy at the University of Oxford, and medicine at Trinity College Dublin. Duncan has spent time practising in Ireland and Scotland and has recently completed a Master’s in public health.

Duncan currently works with Public Health England, and both the hospital and council in Milton Keynes.

As a NICE Scholar, Duncan will identify hospital departments and GP practices where patients are at most risk of developing antibiotic resistant infections. He will apply behavioural science methods including the Theoretical Domains Framework and the Behaviour Change Wheel. He will assess factors that influence prescriber behaviours and develop interventions that will improve antibiotic use, supporting implementation of our guidelines on antimicrobial stewardship, and on the management of specific conditions.

Fabrizio Girolomini, senior clinical audit facilitator

Fabrizio is a senior clinical audit facilitator for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He started working for the NHS in May 2007 and through his career has covered roles in governance and quality improvement. He is currently acting as manager of the clinical effectiveness team where they use clinical audit and service evaluation as quality improvement tools. In the last 3 years he has become the NICE coordinator for the Trust.

As a NICE scholar, Fabrizio is undertaking a project establishing whether our guidance on self-harm is well implemented and embedded into practice. He will assess the level of compliance and evaluate barriers to implementation of the guidance.

Michelle Airey, principal integration manager

Michelle has worked at Hertfordshire Care Providers Association since 2013. Her area of expertise is health management and prevention. Along with professionals from the NHS, Hertfordshire City Council and voluntary and community services she supports and enables private health and social care providers to develop the skills and confidence of staff to manage complex health conditions while improving relationships with health services.

She builds various projects to educate and support care practitioners; for example, falls, increased mobility, end of life care complex needs education, developing knowledge of the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review Programme and understanding the correct use of emergency and other health services..

Michelle plans to improve the enabling support offered by care staff, helping individuals gain more independence, which links greatly to her other areas of work.

Natalie Morgan Thomas, deputy head of clinical audit and lead nurse for clinical effectiveness

Natalie qualified as a registered general nurse in 2001, working within a coronary care unit and medical admissions ward. In 2004 Natalie achieved her BSc in professional practice. She graduated with a BSc Hons in public health nursing health visiting and nurse prescribing in 2006.

In 2010 she became a health intervention specialist working with vulnerable families where there were parental substance misuse issues and child protection concerns. In 2014 she became a public protection nurse specialist managing all adult and child protection concerns.

In 2019 Natalie was seconded to clinical audit and quality informatics, tasked with looking at how Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board could improve its compliance with our guidance. During this time Natalie developed a successful business plan to secure funding for an IT system and human resources to deliver an exemplar model across Wales.

Natalie is an active member of the NICE Welsh health network and works closely with the NICE Welsh implementation officer.

Susie Turner, clinical specialist paediatric physiotherapist and deputy clinical lead paediatric physiotherapy

Susie is an advanced paediatric physiotherapy practitioner at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1996 and specialised in paediatric physiotherapy in 2000, quickly developing an interest in cerebral palsy (CP).

As part of her role in the holistic management of young people with neurodisability, she completed a master’s module in neurology injection therapy for botulinum toxin at Coventry University in 2012. Susie has helped to develop the cerebral palsy and neurodisability paediatric pathways within Evelina and the south east region. .

As a NICE scholar, she hopes to identify the gaps and challenges with transition and access to adult services for individuals with CP. The project will aim to improve the quality of care for this group, ensuring that services for individuals with CP through transition and beyond are fit for the future. The use of our quality standards and guidelines on transition from children’s to adults’ services, CP in under 25s and in adults will be key to supporting this piece of work.

Wendy Wilkinson, head of allied health professional transformation

Wendy graduated from Charles Sturt University in 1997 with a BHSc in occupational therapy. Completing an MHSc at Sydney University in 2007 led her to explore the role of occupational therapy in end of life care and cancer rehabilitation.

Wendy started her professional practice doctorate in 2013, exploring the role of therapeutic relationships in supporting self-management behaviours during and after cancer rehabilitation. This research offers an important insight into how Allied Health Professions services (AHPs) could maximise their skills and abilities to support people to live with long-term conditions including cancer.

As a NICE scholar, and head of AHP transformation for Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), she hopes to support the national network of cancer lead AHPs (AHP Cancer Cymru) and the wider clinical community. She wants to collaborate on a national project to improve rehabilitation outcomes for those people affected by cancer. She will achieve this by collating our existing guidance and quality standards to update the Welsh government cancer rehabilitation standards. This tool would support the implementation of the guidance within multi-professional cancer rehabilitation practice.

Andy Currie, specialist registrar in upper GI and bariatric surgery

Andy is an upper gastrointestinal surgical registrar with a specialist interest in bariatric and metabolic surgery in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (West). He has been a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 2011. Andy has trained at major centres in London and the South East and in Adelaide, South Australia. He has completed a PhD in surgical innovation at Imperial College London. Andy has developed an interest in the use of routinely collected national datasets to analyse process and outcome measures for patients undergoing surgery.

As a NICE scholar, Andy will be using datasets to analyse how the use of metabolic surgery for diabetes varies across the NHS in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He will analyse and feedback this information to clinicians and commissioners across the region to potentially guide local quality improvement initiatives.

Annabel Smith, specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology

Annabel graduated from King’s College London in 2005 and undertakes her obstetrics and gynaecology training in South London. She is completing her final year of training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust. In preparation for progression to a consultant role, she has sought to expand her training. She has applied for the NICE scholarship to help enhance her participation in audit and delivery of evidence-based care.

As a NICE scholar, she will be focusing on the implementation of our new guidance on intrapartum care for women with existing medical conditions or obstetric complications and their babies. The project will explore how national guidance can be applied to an individual organisation and seeks to determine what factors may influence the adoption of guidance.

Annabel aims to inform service provision and quality improvement initiatives in her organisation. By producing a report of her experience, she will share best practice and lessons learnt with the local maternity system and wider service providers.

David Stacey, public health practitioner

David is a public health practitioner working for Lincolnshire County Council's public health team. Currently he is a programme manager of a strategy and performance team. David also provides strategic performance support to local authority public health commissioned services and has a lead role for workforce development within the public health team. As part of this, he has worked with Public Health England on the implementation of the public health skills and knowledge framework as well as being a member of the public health practitioner apprenticeship trailblazer group.

Whilst David already has experience of working with our guidance, he is keen to gain a greater depth of knowledge regarding decision making and application of it within a workplace setting.

As a NICE scholar, he’ll be working with colleagues across the local authority to review all HR policies to identify, assess, prioritise and implement, where appropriate, all relevant NICE guidance regarding workplace health and wellbeing.

Howard Ryland, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) doctoral research fellow and honorary consultant forensic psychiatrist

Howard is an NIHR doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford and an honorary consultant forensic psychiatrist with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

He has experience of leading projects at a regional, national and international level. He completed a National Medical Directors’ clinical fellowship at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and a Darzi fellowship at Health Education North Central and East London. He has also chaired the psychiatric trainees’ committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees.

As a NICE scholar, he will be assessing the evidence for the most praised outcome measures used in forensic mental health services. He will use this information to feedback to a range of stakeholders. This will include patients, carers, clinicians, providers, and commissioners. He will feedback about the most robust, evidence-based methods for measuring outcomes in this population.

Jonathan Kilworth, business intelligence partner for adult social care

Jonathan is the business intelligence lead for adult social care in the London Borough of Harrow. He works with social care managers and staff to understand how changes to systems and services can improve the independence of people who use services and their carers.

During a secondment to NHS Digital in 2014, Jonathan led development of the data collection of adult social care activity in England (known as SALT). This was followed by two years advising on its use and further development with the Department of Health and Social Care.

He has previously advised several Department of Health sponsored research projects. He was a member of our guideline committee on the experience of people who use our NG86 guidance on people's experience in adult social care services. He is also currently serving as an expert advisor for us.

As a scholar, he will evaluate implementation of our user experience guideline in a new social care pathway. He’ll work with managers and staff to understand the practical challenges of implementing the recommendations as well as the benefits to people who use services.

Michael Wilcock, head of prescribing support unit

Mike qualified as a pharmacist in 1978 from Manchester University. Most of his professional career has been in hospital pharmacy, and in primary care. He has worked for a variety of organisations in Cornwall ranging from the Family Health Service Authority to Clinical Commissioning Group. He has undertaken various post graduate qualifications. He’s been involved with the National Prescribing Centre and now as a NICE medicines and prescribing associate.

As a NICE scholar, Mike will undertake a project to assess the implementation of our guidance on multimorbidity. How the increasing focus on polypharmacy and deprescribing can be enacted in a hospital setting. He will be working with the support of the hospital’s eldercare team and pharmacy team. He will be reviewing how this guidance is enacted currently and supporting the implementation of an evidence-based approach to deprescribing throughout the acute trust.

Olivia Devlin, specialist registrar in medical oncology

Olivia is a medical oncology specialist registrar. She’s currently undertaking an ADEPT fellowship in Northern Ireland to develop her leadership and managerial skills. Her current role sees her involved in the transformation project within oncology.

She has recently completed the Scottish Coaching for Leadership and Improvement programme. She was a core member of the multi-professional quality improvement team. The team prioritised the safe assessment and prescribing of chemotherapy through the introduction of an electronic assessment pro-forma. This project won first prize at the UK Patient Safety Congress in July 2018.

As a NICE scholar, Olivia is hoping to implement patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) into oncology clinics using an app-based system. This system strives to improve the early recognition and management of treatment toxicities, as well as reduce the number of hospital and emergency admissions and improve the patient experience. The results of this pilot project will enhance our evidence base for the importance of PROMs in clinical practice.

Sophie Bennett, clinical psychologist

Sophie is a clinical psychologist and senior research fellow at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She has an interest in improving the quality of mental health care for children through ensuring fair access to evidence-based mental health treatment. She completed a Ph.D. on the use of self-help interventions in children and young people with mental health difficulties in the context of chronic neurological conditions.

Her scholarship work will investigate the use of online forums for parents of children with mental health difficulties as a way of providing information about evidence-based treatments recommended by us. Many parents turn to online communities for advice and support. This is due to recognised difficulties in accessing child and adolescent mental health services nationally. By doing this there is huge potential for dissemination of evidence-based practice and our guidance for mental health difficulties.

Sophy Barber, Senior registrar in orthodontics

Sophy graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2008. From 2011 to 2014 she completed specialty training in orthodontics in Leeds and Wakefield. Sophy started senior registrar training in 2014 but paused training to complete an NIHR Doctoral Research fellowship. Her PhD focussed on adolescent and parent decision-making and preferences for dental treatment for a specific dental development anomaly.

As a NICE scholar, she will work with patients and dental professionals to establish current decision making practice and awareness of shared-decision making processes. She will use patient experience feedback, clinician questionnaires and focus groups. Sophy will offer online and face-to-face training in shared decision-making for clinicians who are interested in learning more. The project aims to identify barriers to shared decision-making and scope for changing practice, while raising awareness and promoting a positive attitude to shared decision-making.

Victoria Lyle, advanced physiotherapy practitioner

Victoria is an advanced physiotherapy practitioner at the Salford Care Organisation. She graduated from Bristol in 1999 and soon specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Her advanced practice is complimented by a trauma and orthopaedics MSc. She started work at Salford in 2014, employed to set up a Virtual Fracture Clinic.

She has a keen interest in service re-design through innovation and pathway development. Particularly between orthopaedics and the emergency department.

As a NICE scholar, Victoria hopes to assess the implementation of our guidance for non-complex wrist fractures at Salford Royal Hospital. By collating real world data on this diverse population and evaluating the variation in current practice. With this, she hopes to gain a better understanding of local practice. She can then identify and test areas where improvement can be made. It is hoped that this can be shared with other trusts to obtain a national picture in conjunction with new evidence as it unfolds.

Mark Butler, specialist registrar general paediatrics

Mark graduated from Leicester University in 2008 and completed his foundation training in North London. He undertook paediatric training in South London and has been a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health since 2013. He has a particular interest in ambulatory and integrated care and the use of IT and data in healthcare.

He has become increasingly involved in service development and has led projects in a variety of settings. In 2018 he was appointed as a service improvement Fellow at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

As a NICE Scholar Mark will undertake a project to assess the implementation of our guidance on asthma, and the associated quality standards in children and young people. This will be with children across primary and secondary care in Lambeth and Southwark. He will evaluate the variability of implementation across population groups and different healthcare settings. By developing a better understanding of the local system and exploring this variation he will identify areas where improvements can be made.

Roz Gittins, director of pharmacy

Roz qualified as a pharmacist in 2008 with a first class MPharm degree. She is the director of pharmacy for Addaction. As the professional lead for pharmacy, she manages their national medicines management team. She has previously worked mainly in NHS secondary care services. She has undertaken various post graduate qualifications, specialising in psychiatry and substance misuse.

Roz is currently the registrar for the College of Mental Health. She is a Royal College of General Practitioners trainer for their drug and alcohol certificates and occasionally locums in community pharmacies. She is an independent non-medical prescriber specialising in substance misuse and has contributed to Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education publications.

Roz has been a pharmacist topic expert for us and is now serving a 3 year term as an expert advisor. As a NICE scholar, she’ll be focusing on medicines optimisation in opioid substitute treatment. This will help us and Addaction to continue to improve the quality of care delivery in substance misuse services.

Alisa Hodgson, neuro navigator and highly specialist physiotherapist

Alisa is a physiotherapist based in London and works as a neuro navigator for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She was involved in developing South Australia’s state-wide acute stroke pathway. Since moving here, she has developed a successful Admission Avoidance team and a Hospital At Home service with the Royal London Hospital and community services.

She works with complex neurological patients and their families to ensure each patient is receiving the right therapy. Navigating patients through the pathway; from the acute hospital, to inpatient neuro-rehabilitation units, and into the community, has highlighted inequalities and differences in community based neuro-rehabilitation across South East London.

As a NICE scholar, Alisa will be reviewing community neuro-rehabilitation services across South East London. She will compare them with our recommendations in traumatic brain injury. She hopes the scholarship will engage the various Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts, local authorities and third sector organisations to raise standards of practice to meet our guidance, if inequality or areas of improvement are identified.

David Liggins, non-executive director, trustee, lay member and patient representative

David started his career as a lecturer in economics, then in local government and Pricewaterhouse Coopers on economic and inner city regeneration. Following research with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, he worked as a consultant in community development.

David chaired Bassetlaw PCT, was an independent member of the local government and Social Care Ombudsman commission and has been a patient and public representative on our diabetes prevention and management guidelines update committees.

Currently, he is a non-executive director, trustee, lay member or patient representative with two charities, two public/private partnerships, NHS England, NIHR, a local patient participation group and a community group in the Wirral. The work is on children with SEND, vulnerable older people, primary care research, clinical trials and place-based commissioning.

David’s scholarship work will focus on shared decision making. He will bring a fresh perspective to the shared decision making collaborative.

Roshelle Ramkisson, Child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist

Roshelle is a child and adolescent consultant psychiatrist. She divides her time working in a CAMHS service in Oldham and as a training programme director in psychiatry with Health Education England. Roshelle has completed her Masters in health and public leadership from Manchester Business School and the University of Birmingham.

Roshelle has a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders in children and emotional disorders in older adolescents. Roshelle has initiated and led regional and national level projects. This includes the Autumn foundation school in psychiatry that inspired and encouraged high recruitment in psychiatry.

As a NICE scholar, Roshelle will be undertaking an implementation project to ensure that our NG87 guideline on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is being implemented within Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. She also intends to encourage implementation by creating awareness regionally across Greater Manchester through the Strategic Clinical Networks, and nationally in health, education, social care and the public.

Sanjay Rao, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist

Sanjay Rao is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist working at the James Cook University Hospital, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust since 2010. He is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the Newcastle University and training programme director at the Northern Deanery. He has completed a masters in clinical education from Plymouth University.

Sanjay Rao is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist working at the James Cook University Hospital, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust since 2010. He is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the Newcastle University and training programme director at the Northern Deanery. He has completed a masters in clinical education from Plymouth University.

As a NICE scholar, he will review management plans, individual preferences and factors influencing the clinical approach for symptomatic uterine fibroids.

This project will review the level of compliance to our recommendations and reasons for deviation from benchmarked standards, taking into account the recent MHRA safety measures about the use of ulipristal acetate.

Katie Spencer, doctoral clinical fellow

Katie is a Medical Research Council doctoral clinical fellow. She’s currently undertaking a PhD investigating how we use palliative radiotherapy across the NHS in England and whether current, and possible future, treatments are cost-effective. This work involves combining both the benefits and costs of treatment within an economic model, alongside using routinely collected clinical data to assess how treatments are currently used.

As a NICE scholar she will use the National Radiotherapy Dataset to investigate how palliative radiotherapy treatment patterns for bone metastases vary across the NHS. She’ll use this information to provide feedback to clinicians to help them to understand how their practise compares to that of their peers and consider if cost-effectiveness can be improved.

Elaine Teh, cardiothoracic trainee

Elaine is a thoracic-themed cardiothoracic trainee based in the Southwest deanery. She is passionate about all aspects of thoracic surgery, especially lung cancer surgery, from endoscopic, minimally invasive to maximally invasive and complex surgery. As she continues to progress she is expanding her training to focus on not just individual patient, but understanding the bigger picture in patient care and pathways.

As a NICE scholar, she will explore how the National Optimal Lung Cancer Pathway, especially the pathway for patients with curative intent management, can be implemented in her local Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT). She will assess the various steps in the pathway. Subsequently, working in collaboration with physicians and local MDT co-ordinators, she’ll examine where efficiencies and improvement could be made, with the aim of a faster and more standardised approach for all lung cancer patients.

Avril Tucker, advanced primary care pharmacist specialising in antimicrobials

Avril graduated from the Robert Gordon University in 2005 with a degree in pharmacy. In 2010, she completed her post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy from the Robert Gordon University. In 2015, she completed a clinical infection therapy course at Swansea University. After this, she was appointed as a primary care antimicrobial pharmacist. The first role of its kind in Wales. She specialises in infections of the ear, throat and urinary tract.

Avril currently sits on the All Wales Antimicrobial Pharmacist Group and the Welsh Antimicrobial Resistance Delivery Group. She is also a NICE committee member for the management of common infections prescribing guidance. In addition, Avril is the founding member of Supporting Wales with Antibiotics in Primary Care (SWAP).

As a NICE scholar, Avril is hoping to use her SWAP network to establish a national project. This will aim to improve patient outcomes for those with recurrent urinary tract infections. This will be done through demonstrating the role primary care pharmacists can have in implementing our guidance and quality standards within general practice.