Our fellows and scholars programme is open to those working in the UK within the health and social care sector. The programme is available for professionals, academics and those with an interest in the sector. It offers an opportunity to get involved with the work we do.
We support our fellows and scholars in their learning about the inner workings of NICE through a series of workshops, access to an adviser, and contact with our experts.
We also give them the chance to network with like-minded advocates of evidence based practice.
Mr. Rishi Mandavia is a former NICE scholar. Listen to his interview about how being on the programme has led to international success.
Ms Carley King is a former NICE scholar. Listen to her interview about how the programme improved her leadership skills.
Our 27 fellows have presented at various conferences and meetings, including:
Their efforts have helped ensure NICE guidance has been incorporated into the curricula of local academic institutions, including:
They have also helped to bring our guidance into virtual e-learning modules commissioned by Health Education England, including the musculoskeletal e-Pain modules covering the science and management of pain/chronic pain. This set of modules was created by Gail Sowden, one of our fellows.
Last year, one of our fellows, Jane Viner continued her work on improving the quality of care for those in care homes.
Based on NICE quality standards, including patient experience in adult NHS services, Jane has been involved with the creation of a ‘contracting for quality’ standard. This ensures care home contracts include a clear set of standards that can be monitored and managed. This will help ensure consistently high services across South Devon.
As part of the monitoring there will be announced inspections, which will include conversations with care home users about their experiences.
A local quality risk assessment and monitoring tool has also been developed based on the NICE quality standards.
The project aimed to reduce the number of people in the group who are labelled as ‘challenging’ and to reduce the use of physical intervention.
The Lifeways Group supports more than 5,000 individuals, of which more than 1500 display ‘challenging’ behaviour.
When Simon began his project, there were 535 individuals who had a physical intervention protocol as part of their support plans.
He devised a positive behavioural support approach, which included:
An audit after 12 months of implementing this approach revealed physical intervention protocols had been removed from a fifth of support plans and 18% had experienced 5 or fewer interventions.
At the Southern Health and Social Care NHS trust, one of our scholars, Caroline Beattie has used NICE guidance on acute kidney injury to create a checklist of the warning signs for use on inpatient wards in hospitals. This includes testing a patient’s urine for the presence of blood and proteins.
Since this checklist was introduced, there has been a major improvement in recognition of acute kidney injury within the trust, jumping from 60% to 100% in a 5 month period.
We awarded nine fellowships and nine scholarships in 2017. Appointments include: