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Nurses encouraged to become NICE 'ambassadors'

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Nurses who want to play a bigger role in the work of NICE are being encouraged to apply for a fellowship with the institute.

This month saw the launch of the NICE fellows and scholars programme, designed to create more opportunities for NHS staff to work closely with the institute on projects to help improve the health of local communities.

All NHS staff, including nurses, can apply to become a NICE fellow. The institute will award 10 three-year fellowships annually to health professionals who will act as “ambassadors” for the local community.

NICE fellows will have the opportunity to become involved in a range of activities, including clinical audit, education, policy development, and helping to develop clinical guidelines.

NICE clinical and public health director Professor Peter Littlejohns said the institute welcomes applications from all health professionals who are “committed to driving up the quality of care in the NHS”.

The institute will also award 10 12-month scholarships a year to health professionals in their final years of training, including newly qualified nurses, who will undertake research-oriented projects.

The deadline for applications to the programme is 31 December. NICE will then appoint its fellows and scholars in spring 2010.

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