NICE seeks new professional members for its Topic Selection consideration panels

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is recruiting members to join its six Topic Selection consideration panels. The Topic Selection consideration panels review and prioritise suggested topics for NICE guidance. The Panel’s recommendations are then sent to the Department of Health and a Health Minster makes the final decision on what topics are referred to NICE for guidance production.

Members of the consideration panels include health, social care and public health professionals, academics and researchers, and people who bring a patient, carer, and/or community perspective. Panel members will not be appointed to act as representatives of a particular organisation. They will be expected to apply experience and judgment from their individual backgrounds to consideration of the topics suggested to the panel and in doing so actively contribute to improving the quality and consistency of care provided by the NHS and in promoting improved public health.

The six consideration panels that we are recruiting members for are as follows;

  • Acute and Chronic Conditions
  • Cancer
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Vascular and Metabolic Conditions
  • Women’s and Children’s Health

Skills and experience

We currently have a number of vacancies on all six panels for individuals with specialist knowledge of the topic area and or generalists with a broad understanding of the health service and NICE’s work.
- Allied health professionals in primary and secondary care and in mental health
Time commitment and conditions

Each consideration panel usually meets three times a year and members are expected to attend every one. Preparation time will be required for the reading of the panel papers (expected to be 100 – 150 pages per meeting).

How to apply

For further information about what the role involves, please use the links below:

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the role further, please contact;
Ben Hendry
Topic Selection Project Manager
Direct line: 0161 870 3082

A selection panel consisting of the Director for Centre of Health Technology Evaluation, the Director for Centre of Clinical Practice, the Director for Public Health and the Associate Director of Topic Selection will assess your cover letter and CV to see whether you have the general personal qualities and skills specified for the post for which you have applied. References may be taken to decide which short-listed candidates are successful in their applications. There will be no formal interview but you may be contacted for an informal discussion. From this the panel will decide appointments.
To apply the following forms should be completed and returned:

  • Application form
  • A short CV
  • A short covering letter explaining how your experience demonstrates that you meet the criteria in the person specification (see information pack for applicants)
  • Equalities monitoring form
  • Declaration of interests form

You will need to return the forms (either in hard copy or in electronic format) to:

Lynn Woodward
Assistant Project Manager - Centre for Health Technology Evaluation
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Centre for Health Technology Evaluation. Level 1a.  City Tower. Piccadilly Plaza. Manchester. M1 4BD

Direct line:                0161 870 3283

Main switchboard:     0845 003 7780


Please return your completed forms by 5pm, Friday 9 July 2010

More information

For further information please follow the link Topic Selection

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