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Nurses and healthcare staff invited to apply to become NICE fellows or scholars

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is offering the chance for health and social care professionals to influence its work.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is offering the chance for health and social care professionals to influence its work.

  • Fellows have to work for NICE for three years, and scholars for one year

  • Unpaid roles to be undertaken alongside existing jobs and professional responsibilities

  • A chance to influence the work of this important health watchdog and make use of its resources

Nurses are among the health and social care professionals being urged to apply to become fellows or scholars of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It is the ninth year the health watchdog has offered the chance to influence the work of the organisation and gain access to a wide range of career-enhancing opportunities.

A total of ten fellowships and ten scholarships are available this year.

Fellows work for NICE for three years and scholars for one year

Fellows are senior professionals – including directors of nursing or directors of social care provider services – who work for NICE for three years.

Scholars work with NICE for one year and are mid-career professionals, such as senior nurses or public health specialists.

They are required to complete a project about delivering high-quality care during this time, and will be supported to do so through a series of workshops and access to an adviser.

Both roles are unpaid and undertaken alongside successful candidates’ existing jobs and other professional responsibilities.

'A chance for nurses to drive improvement in areas of healthcare'

Swansea University senior lecturer in mental health nursing Julia Terry was awarded a fellowship in 2015, the first mental health nurse in the UK to become a fellow.

She said: ‘The key word is "opportunity", since becoming a fellow I have been to places and met people who I never would have had the chance to in my normal working life.

‘It is a chance for nurses to drive improvement in areas of healthcare which are their speciality or ones which particularly interest them.

‘Yes it is extra work, but then everything is these days and it is certainly more-than worth it once you see the possibilities it provides.

‘NICE’s drive for health improvement, and its desire to provide relevant up-to-date information to patients and clinicians fits in with my own principles and practice as a nurse and an educator.’

Applications close on 15 December.

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