NICE are currently seeking applications for a ‘core’ community member to join the committee who develop public health guidance on a range of different topics.
The core community member of this committee will play a key role in making sure that the views, experiences and interests of the public, especially vulnerable community groups, are included in the committee’s decision-making.
The appointment will be for a period of 3 years and committee meetings will take place in central London. Community members are paid a fee to attend meetings and we cover travel and other expenses.
NICE would welcome an application from those who have an understanding of the issues important to service users, families or communities with respect to public health activities and initiatives and are able to reflect the experiences and needs of a wide network of relevant members of the public.
This could be as someone who has been involved in activities, groups or campaigns to improve the health and wellbeing of a community or specific groups of people or as a volunteer or employee of a relevant community or voluntary organisation. The applicant would need to be able to contribute effectively in a formal committee setting.
The areas of public health that NICE has recently published guidance on include:
- Approaches to delaying or developing the onset of dementia, frailty and disability in later life (for the over 65s)
- Promoting workplace health
- Preventing excess weight gain
- Promoting physical activity
- Reducing the health risk associated with cold homes
- Promoting sexual health and
- Needle and syringe programmes.
An applicant wouldn’t need to be an expert in all of these areas of course – NICE report they are really looking for someone with expertise in and passion about promoting the health and wellbeing of a community or specific group of people.
Please see this webpage for further information, dates of meetings and the application form. The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 15th December 2015.