Senior nurses and other NHS professionals are being encouraged to apply for one of 20 prestigious roles with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
NICE has 10 places on its fellowship programme and 10 places on its scholarship programme to award. Successful applicants will be expected to promote high quality evidence based practice while in return NICE provides professional development opportunities.
The positions are not paid, but NICE will meet all reasonable expenses - such as travel and accommodation - while succesful applicants are undertaking activities associated with the programme.
Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE, said: “Our Fellows and Scholars programme is now in its sixth year and we continue to see the benefits that this programme can provide to individuals, their organisations and to patients.
“Becoming a NICE Fellow or Scholar means experienced professionals can learn more about the inner workings of NICE, benefit from one-to-one mentoring and understand more about the services we provide.”
She added: “We encourage anyone with the necessary experience and an interest in NICE to apply.”
Amanda Parker, director of nursing and quality at the Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust in Sussex, has been a NICE fellow for the last 18 months.
She said: “It has been an opportunity to engage more widely with NICE; to understand how they work and to support or observe development of NICE material.
“It has also made me consider how I can contribute in promoting NICE through my day to day work or additional activities such as conference speaking or hospital inspections.”
Fellowships last for three years and are awarded to senior health and social care professionals, such as board level directors and senior consultants. Scholarships are more project based and run for 12 months. They are open to senior and experienced and health and social care professionals.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 November. For full candidate criteria and to apply follow the link.