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NICE offers nurses major new role advising on development and implementation of guidance

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Nurses could soon be taking on new roles advising on the development and implementation of NICE guidance, a senior member of the organisation has told Nursing Times.

Following recommendations in the NHS Next Stage Review, NICE plans to appoint nurses as NICE ‘fellows’ to help the development and implementation of NICE guidance to bridge the gaps between itself and healthcare settings it wants to reach.

Although the details of the NICE fellowship programme are not yet ironed out, NICE chairperson Michael Rawlins said nurses would have key roles.

‘NICE fellows, including nurses, will be the interface between NICE and their institutions,’ he told Nursing Times at the NICE annual conference in Manchester this month.

‘But we want it to be two-way traffic – it’s not just about making sure our guidance is implemented at their trust – we also want their feedback and their ideas. We want to know where implementation isn’t doing very well and why not, and if there are topics that they can see that we can’t see,’ he added.

Praising nurses for their support of NICE over the first decade of its existence, Professor Rawlins said he hoped more ward-level nurses would become involved in NICE in the future.

‘It is really important that we mobilise and harness the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of the health service around the country,’ he said.

‘The nurses at the bedside are the ones who implement our guidance, so we are very keen to have them involved. They have a huge amount to offer in helping to make sure our guidelines are implementable.’

NICE also plans to bring in a web portal to help healthcare staff to access up-to-date, evidence-based information.

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