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Government wants Prof David Haslam to be new NICE chair

He would take over from Prof Sir Michael Rawlins in April

NICE Prof David HaslamThe government has named its preferred candidate to take over from Prof Sir Michael Rawlins as chair of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

Prof Rawlins has chaired the UK cost-effectiveness watchdog since its creation in 1999 and is set to step down in April.

As his replacement the government has nominated Prof David Haslam, who is currently the national clinical adviser to the Care Quality Commission, chair of NICE's evidence accreditation advisory board and an expert member of the NHS National Quality Board.

Sir Andrew Dillon, NICE chief executive, said: "We are delighted to learn that Professor David Haslam is the preferred candidate to become the new chair of NICE, from April 2013.

"His extensive experience in health and his awareness of the challenges facing social care, together with his knowledge of the Institute, make him an ideal candidate to lead NICE into the next exciting phase of its development."

Prof Haslam is the immediate past president of the British Medical Association, was president of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2006-09 and spent 35 years as a GP.

He yesterday faced a pre-appointment hearing in front of the Health Select Committee, whose views on his suitability for the role will be considered by health secretary Jeremy Hunt, who will then make a final decision on the appointment. 

If confirmed, Prof Haslam will take on the post at an important time for NICE. After much uncertainty about its role under the NHS reforms the Institute is set to gain an expanded role next year.

In April its name will change to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, though it will still be known as NICE, and its remit will be extended to cover adults' and children's social care.

12th December 2012

From: Regulatory, Healthcare

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