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NICE Fellows and Scholars programme 2018

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellows and Scholars programme 2018 was launched on 31 October 2017. Applications are now invited from health and social care professionals in England and Wales.

NICE Fellows work to raise the profile of NICE and encourage adoption of high-quality care and innovative practices. NICE Fellowships are suited to all health and social care leaders and last for three years.

NICE Scholarships allow individuals to find out about the inner workings of NICE and undertake a supported improvement project related to NICE guidance.  Scholarships are project based and run for 12 months. Time commitment for Scholars is 7.5 hours per week and for Fellows is 7.5 hours per month.

NICE Fellows and Scholars have an opportunity to shape NICE initiatives, engage with senior staff at NICE, and help to improve quality and develop new ways of working in Health and Social Care.

There are currently only two NICE Fellows in Wales and no NICE Scholars. Welsh Government is keen to encourage as many applications from Wales as possible so that we can continue to benefit from, and strengthen, the already good working relationship we have in Wales with NICE. Similarly, NICE is keen to see an increase in the number of applications from Wales in both categories to ensure the current culture of sharing best practice and knowledge across England and Wales continues and is enhanced. There is no remuneration, but reasonable expenses incurred in attending NICE-organised workshops and events will be reimbursed. Funding to release colleagues for this purpose would need to be met by individual employing organisations.

Further guidance for applicants is available from www.nice.org.uk/Media/Default/Get-involved/Fellows%20and%20scholars%20unsecure/Supporting-info-for-applicants.pdf

Although places are limited we would encourage colleagues in Wales to apply. The closing date for applications is 15 December 2017.

More information is available at the NICE website: www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/fellows-and-scholars