Press release

David Haslam confirmed as Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

David Haslam has today been confirmed as Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Professor David Haslam is currently the National Clinical Adviser to the Care Quality Commission, Chair of the NICE Evidence Accreditation Advisory Board and an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board.  David, will head up NICE, currently a Special Health Authority which will become an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body from 1st April 2013 when it extends its remit to adults’ and children’s social care. Through its robust, evidence-based advice and guidance, NICE has a key role in supporting the health and care system in improving quality.  It will also have a key part in helping to promote the integration of health and social care.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

“I am pleased to confirm David Haslam as Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

“He will bring to this important role a wealth of skills and experience from his distinguished career as both a front-line GP and a respected clinical leader.  David is well-qualified to provide strong leadership for NICE’s work to support quality improvement across the health and care system.”

Professor David Haslam said:

“I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed to be Chair of NICE. I sincerely hope that I can build on the remarkable work of Sir Michael Rawlins who has led NICE from its formation to become such an internationally respected and valued organisation.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

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This appointment is made in accordance with the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.  All appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. David Haslam has declared no political activity.

David Haslam holds no other ministerial appointments.

The appointment is for four years. He will receive £63,000 per annum for a time commitment of 2-3 days per week.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is currently a Special Health Authority which was set up in April 1999. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 establishes the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (still to be known as NICE) as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body from 1 April 2013 and extends its remit to adults’ and children’s social care.  Through its robust, evidence-based advice and guidance, the Institute has a key role in supporting the health and care system in delivering the quality agenda.  It will also have a key part in helping to promote the integration of health and social care.

The NICE Board’s roles and responsibilities over the current three year strategic planning period are to:

  • Maintain NICE as the primary standard-setter in healthcare, public health practice and social care.
  • Provide and promote access to and uptake of NICE guidance and other evidence-based advice, at the point of need and in formats that facilitate rapid access and which are tailored to the needs of all users, including patients and the public.
  • Achieve a broad knowledge and appreciation of the Institute’s purpose and  work, in the wider health system and in social care, and with the general public.
  • Improve knowledge and develop capability in the use of scientific and peer-reviewed evidence to inform policy and practice, in the UK and in the international health and social care community.
  • Secure the effective management of the Institute’s staff and other resources, making cost improvements and re-shaping programmes in order to operate within a reducing resource envelope up to 2014-15.
  • Work with industry and the Government to help promote sustainable growth in the life sciences industries.

The Chair of NICE will be accountable to the Secretary of State for Health and will be expected to provide leadership and challenge to the organisation.

The recruitment process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments and, in accordance with the Commissioner’s code, involved a Public Appointments Assessor at all stages, including as Chair of the interview panel.

For further information on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence visit their website.

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