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Apply now for QSAC role with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NICE is currently recruiting for additional members to join their Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) to support delivery of the library quality standards topicsNICE quality standards are a set of concise, prioritised statements and associated measures that focus on topics relevant to health and/or social care. Quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area.

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They are looking to appoint a number of standing members with the following backgrounds/expertise:

  • Primary care practitioners. For example GPs, practise nurses.
  • Secondary care practitioners. For example doctors, nurses, or allied health professionals, in secondary care.
  • Social care practitioners.  For example those from local authorities, the voluntary sector, private sector or those working in statutory adult or children’s services. Current social care members of the committees include social care consultants, charity chief executives and social workers.
  • Public health practitioner. For example those from local authorities, and PHE regional teams.
  • Commissioners of health, public health and social care services. For example those from clinical commissioning groups or local authorities and those with experience of service redesign to improve quality and outcomes for people with care and support needs.
  • Safety expert. For example people who take a lead in addressing issues of relating to risk and safety, for example risk managers and safeguarding leads
  • Measurement expert. For example those with experience of using data to inform service development and quality improvement at a local level , and developing benchmarking tools to evidence variation in quality.

NICE’s quality standards are central to supporting the Government’s vision for a health and social care system focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for people who use services. Derived from NICE guidance and other accredited sources, they are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care and are becoming the backbone of the new commissioning system for health and social care. The standards are also used to develop indicators for potential inclusion within the Clinical Commissioning Groups Outcome Indicator Set (CCGOIS) and Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) for general practise.

If you have an interest in driving quality improvement in health, public health or social care, experience of working on committees and working groups, and highly developed interpersonal, communication and team working skills, then NICE would like to hear from you.

You will not be representing your organisation but will bring your expertise, experience and knowledge of current practise. The time commitment is one day a month, for a three year period, and your expenses will be reimbursed (if you are a general practitioner, locum cover will be covered).

More information on how to apply can be found at https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee/qsac-standing-member and information on NICE quality standards at www.nice.org.uk/standards-and-indicators.

You can also contact Nicola Cunliffe at NICE on nicola.cunliffe@nice.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 8th April 2016.

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