Invitation to apply for roles
Invitation to apply for the role of chair or health service representative of Technology Appraisal and Highly Specialised Technologies Appeal Panels
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is looking to appoint several people with the necessary experience and skills to join the appeal panel membership to fulfil the following roles:
- Chair of the appeal panel – up to 2 people
- Health service representative – up to 2 people
The appeal panel is responsible for hearing appeals against our final recommendations in the technology appraisal (new drugs and other technologies used in the NHS) and highly specialised technologies (the evaluation of technologies for treating patients with very rare diseases and very complex healthcare needs) programmes. When an appeal is submitted an appeal panel comprising five members is drawn from those appointed to hear NICE appeals.
To be appointed as chair of the appeal panel, you will need to have the skills and experience to chair formally structured proceedings, remain impartial, and be seen to be free from any bias, and be able to command the respect of the panel members and attendees at the appeal.
The chair of the appeal panel must either be:
- a clinician providing healthcare in the NHS or public health service in the UK and holding active registration with an appropriate professional body (including for doctors, a licence to practise) (health service representative), or
- a patient or carer, or have experience representing patients or carers (lay representative).
The health service representative must be:
- a clinician providing healthcare in the NHS or public health service in the UK and hold active registration with an appropriate professional body (including for doctors, a licence to practise).
The health service member is responsible for writing up the appeal panel’s decision.
To be appointed to either role, you will need to demonstrate a broad understanding of the NHS and its relationships with the organisations which have the right to lodge an appeal. You will also need to have an ability to draw out and articulate a balanced view on the issues arising from an appeal that are relevant to patients, carers and/or members of the public, and an ability to critique and weigh up competing arguments and make decisions (sometimes difficult ones) in meetings that are open to the public. Appeal panels are established infrequently and appointees may only need to sit on a panel two to three times a year.
We would welcome applicants from all interested parties. For further information on both roles and how to apply, please refer to the NICE website: https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/our-committees/join-a-committee. Alternatively, you can contact Maria Pitan, Project Manager – Corporate Office by email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday 26 September.
Dr Mark Chakravarty
Lead Non-Executive Director for Appeals
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