Non-Executive Directors – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Body: Department of Health and Social Care
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London and Manchester
Number of Vacancies: 7
Remuneration: The NICE NEDs are remunerated at the standard rate of £7,883 per annum, with the Audit Chair receiving £13,137 per annum.
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/09/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make up to 7 appointments to the board of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Role and Responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director

As a Non-Executive Director (NED), you will:

  • contribute to the development of the Institute’s strategic 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

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

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.

A track record of achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • practising NHS clinician
  •  social care skills, especially from a provider perspective
  •  data and informatics
  • digital publishing
  • transformation through technology
  • patient perspectives including an understanding of the development of shared care models
  •  understanding of and expertise in the life sciences or medtech industry
  • medical research/scientific horizon scanning of key developments likely to shape healthcare in the future
  • senior finance experience, including assurance, risk management and governance with an ability to chair the audit committee
  •  health economics
  • ethics, inclusion and fairness

Please note: one NED should have the necessary finance experience to chair NICE’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Additional Information

Introduction from Sharmila Nebhrajani, Chair of NICE

Dear Candidate

Thank you for expressing an interest in the Non-Executive Director roles on the NICE Board.  The individuals in these roles will help to design the strategy and operation for our organisation at a time of extra-ordinary change in, and demand for, health services.

The COVID pandemic has created a need for speedy guideline development to provide an authoritative source of insight to clinical practice without losing the rigour and connection to the research evidence base for which NICE is justifiably well known.  Accelerating scientific development brings an incredible set of new health advances – from AI and machine learning developments in diagnostics and devices to personalised medicines that target ever smaller populations; from potentially curative genomic therapies to innovative medical technologies that support elderly people in social care.  NICE has a core role in ensuring that these sorts of new drugs, therapies and devices are available to patients at a price that society is prepared to pay.

The life sciences sector is also a jewel in our country’s crown that stretches from world leading research in our universities and institutes to a flourishing industrial sector encompassing drugs, devices, diagnostics, med-tech, data and more.  NICE must also work, with its partners in the health and social care system, to support this sector, following our departure from the EU on the 31 January and as we seek to secure economic recovery post lockdown, so that advances for patients in the future can be assured.

The Board will help the organisation to navigate all these challenges.  It will also offer wisdom and guidance as NICE seeks to update its technological processes for production, updating and publishing of its guidance.  A more fleet of foot content production process will ensure that our recommendations are available speedily and in a manner that is useful for busy clinicians and service providers at the point of care, so helping to ensure high standards of care for patients and service users.

The Board needs individuals with a broad range of specific technical skills but equally important is an intellectual curiosity, a deep commitment to improving health and care in England and a desire to contribute to collective deliberations that will ensure that NICE is fit for the challenges ahead.

Thank you for taking the time to apply and I look forward to meeting you in due course.

Sharmila Nebhrajani

NICE’s Roles and Responsibilities

NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care.  It works to improve the quality, sustainability and productivity of health and social care.  NICE does this by producing guidance and information, which enables people working in and using the health and care system to make better decisions.  It takes account of value for money in developing our guidance, by recognising that new forms of practice need to demonstrate the benefits they bring and by recommending better targeting of interventions of limited value and 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 medicines through its technology appraisal and 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 Life Sciences Sector Deal, 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 NHSE, MHRA and NIHR to 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.

More recently, NICE has supported the health and care system in responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.  This has involved developing a new programme of rapid guidelines covering COVID-19 related topics and exploring ways to support the search for effective new therapies against COVID-19.

NICE’s 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 London and Manchester, however the London office is preparing to move to Stratford as part of NICE’s commitment to the Places for Growth strategy and the smarter working agenda.

NICE’s total funding for 2020/21 is £74.8m. The average whole-time equivalent workforce in 2019/2020 was 654.

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