Non-Executive Director of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (VAC-1744)

Body: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: NICE’s offices are currently located in London (Stratford) and Manchester
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £7,883 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/01/2022 at midday

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    21 & 22/02/2022

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As a Non-Executive Member, you will:

  • Contribute to the development of the Institute’s objectives, ensuring that they are appropriately reflected in its plans, and assist in monitoring progress towards meeting these objectives
  • Contribute to the governance of the Institute by ensuring that the Institute’s senior management team is held to account for the performance of the organisation, and help ensure that the Institute meets the highest possible standards in its conduct
  • Provide counsel, advice and support to the executive team, playing the role of ‘critical friend’ where necessary. Draw to the attention of the Chair or the Chief Executive any matters that may adversely affect the Institute’s reputation
  • With other members of the Board, ensure the establishment and maintenance of good working relationships with NICE’s key stakeholders and, when required, act as an ambassador for the Institute to its stakeholders
  • When required, act as a member of one or more of the Board’s sub-committees (Audit, Remuneration) and, as required, take part in the appointment of the Chief Executive and other Directors.


Person Specification

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

  • An ability to contribute effectively on the board of a high-profile, national organisation – supporting its strategic development, and providing scrutiny, support and challenge to the executive team
  • Sound judgement, based on an ability to consider complex and often sensitive issues, from an informed and balanced viewpoint
  • A high-level understanding of and a commitment to the role of NICE in supporting quality outcomes for patients and service users across the health and social care system in England.

Applications are particularly welcomed from those with a background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Economics
  • Experience in leading integrated care systems


Additional Information

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is an executive non-departmental public body that works to improve the quality, sustainability and productivity of health and social care. NICE does this by producing guidance and information that enables people working in and using the health and care system to make better decisions. It takes account of value for money in developing guidance by recognising that new forms of practice need to demonstrate the benefits they bring and by recommending opportunities for disinvesting from ineffective interventions. Over the last 20 years, NICE has developed a reputation as a leader in evidence-based health and social care policy, assessment and decision making for the nation and across the world.

NICE assesses the cost effectiveness of most new medicines through its technology appraisal and operates a separate highly specialised technologies programme for the evaluation of a small number of very high cost drugs for rare diseases. The NHS is legally required to fund drugs recommended by NICE, usually within three-months of final guidance. It also has a significant portfolio of over 300 guidelines across clinical, public health, and social care.

NICE has a key role in supporting Government priorities for the health and care system. This includes the recently published Life Sciences Vision, the NHS Long Term Plan, the Government’s manifesto commitment to establish an innovative medicines fund, and the Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access. It works with the Government and organisations such as NHS England, MHRA and NIHR to support patient access to effective new treatments and ensure the UK remains an attractive place for the life sciences industry. NICE’s remit across health care, public health and social care means it is well placed to provide a system-wide perspective at the national, regional and local levels, including supporting the Integrated Care Systems.

NICE played a key role in supporting the health and care system in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. This involved developing a new programme of rapid guidelines covering COVID-19 related topics and working with system partners to rapidly identify and roll out effective COVID-19 treatments.

Its work is high-profile and is of significant public, media and Parliamentary interest. Further information on NICE and its portfolio of work can be found here:

NICE’s offices are currently located in Stratford and Manchester, and NICE’s total funding for 2020/21 was £74.8m. The average whole-time equivalent workforce in 2020/2021 was 672.

For further information regarding the role of NICE and the role of a NED please contact:

Name:  David Coombs


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