For she’s a jolly nice fellow

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 09, 2010 04:45 PM |
Dr Monica Lakhanpaul has been honoured by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, as has Dr Damian Roland. Congrats to both.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is the NHS body responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. It provides guidance on matters of public health, clinical practice and health technologies. While it may not be terribly visible to patients, it’s one of the most fundamental and important parts of the NHS.

And for arcane reasons, there is no H in the organisation’s acronym. Hence: NICE.

A new innovation is the appointment of ten Fellowships, one of which has gone to our own Monica Lakhanpaul, Senior Lecturer in Child Health in our Department of Medical and Social Care Education. This means that Dr Lakhanpaul, who is also a consultant paediatrician, can now legitimately claim to be 'a NICE Fellow'!

Alongside the Fellows, NICE has inaugurated a scheme of Scholarships and one of the first NICE Scholars is also at Leicester: Dr Damian Roland, a paediatric specialist registrar attached to our Department of Cardiovascular Science.

The scholarships run for one year, the fellowships for three. The posts are unpaid and will involve representing NICE within local health and professional communities alongside other roles involving audit and policy and suchlike. It’s all terribly prestigious and we’re awfully proud to have two of our medical folks thus honoured.