Applications are now open for NICE’s prestigious fellows and scholars programmes, which are entering their eleventh year.
The programmes recognise the achievement and promise of individuals across health and care professions who are working to improve the quality and outcomes of care.
It also fosters a growing network from different disciplines across the country, and provides the unique opportunity to work closely with NICE, influence our work and gain access to a range of career enhancing opportunities.
Both fellowships and scholarships are suited to people working in healthcare, public health and social care, including those working in the charitable or voluntary sectors.
Nicola Bent, deputy director health and social care at NICE, said: "The fellows and scholars programmes were set up to allow us to draw on the real experience of health and care professionals and encourage them to get involved with NICE.
"They get an opportunity to build networks with like-minded people from different backgrounds. It’s eleven years since we launched the programmes and many of these networks continue today.
"All our fellows and scholars have been passionate about improving the quality of care and with the support of the programmes, they increase their understanding of NICE and enhance their skills to encourage implementation of innovative and evidence-based care."
NICE fellows – experienced leaders who can shape our work
NICE fellows are experienced health and care leaders who act as ambassadors for NICE’s work at regional and national levels, and among their peers.
Each fellowship lasts for three years, allowing fellows to build networks of influential individuals who raise the profile of NICE and encourage adoption of high-quality care and innovative practices. Fellows are asked to spend around one day a month on fellowship activities.
NICE recruits up to ten experienced leaders as fellows each year. In previous years NICE fellows have published papers, had their work featured in publications, and presented their work on national and international platforms.
Fellows from recent years have developed and delivered educational activities based on NICE guidance, developed tools for measuring NICE quality statements and co-hosted webinars aimed at raising awareness of how to put NICE guidance into practice.
NICE scholarships – one year projects supported by NICE
NICE scholarships are one year opportunities to find out about the inner workings of NICE and undertake a supported project, related to NICE products, within a local organisation.
NICE scholars are supported in their project via a series of workshops, access to an experienced senior adviser and contact with the expert teams at NICE. Scholars are expected to devote approximately 7.5 hours per week to the scholarship.
NICE scholarships are suited to people working in senior roles, including those working in the charitable or voluntary sectors. They are also suited to lay members on NICE committees.
NICE scholars gain insight into how NICE supports implementation of national guidelines and standards, and support and encourage the development of evidence-based high-quality care.
‘A valuable opportunity’
Carol McCrum is a consultant physiotherapist and NICE fellow 2017-20. During her time as a fellow, Carol has acted as an ambassador for NICE, raising awareness of our guidance by speaking at multiple events, including national and local conferences, educational study days and research symposia. She has used the fellows network to collaborate with different disciplines to strengthen the message, and she has published several articles on her work.
Commenting on her experience, Carol said: “The fellowship is a powerful, influential and respected award and has provided me with significant professional and personal growth. It has significant kudos and credibility. It has extended my skills and confidence to develop potential opportunities and raise awareness of NICE and the guidelines which are important to my profession.”
Recruitment for the 2020 intake is open until 28 October 2019. Find out more about the scheme and apply now.