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Chief Scientific Officer

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
London (Greater)
Closing date
24 Apr 2024

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces trusted, independent, and evidence-based guidelines and appraisals of medicines, diagnostics and devices. NICE supports healthcare practitioners and commissioners to get the best care to patients fast, with the goal of continually improving outcomes whilst delivering value for the taxpayer. Established to create more equitable population health outcomes, NICE has evolved to become a globally renowned organisation, respected for its transparency, rigour and excellence in evidence-based health and care. 




The Chief Scientific Officer is integral to NICE’s mission, and to the senior leadership team. This is an opportunity for an experienced leader, able and ready to operate at Board level, to make a unique and fundamental contribution to the core health economic methods and data analytics used in the Institute’s guidance and its research. The successful candidate will lead the development and deployment of new methods for use in guidance production across NICE and further develop the science policy, research and evidence functions of the Institute, ensuring appropriate use of real-world evidence and that opportunities offered by new technologies are taken full advantage of. NICE’s new Chief Scientific Officer will bring a track record of senior leadership in an area of work with high impact and complexity, and a deep understanding of methods and data for guidance production across health and social care. You will be committed to building inclusive and diverse organisations, and able clearly to articulate NICE’s vision for the development of data and methods for guidance production that are internationally leading as well as reflecting preferences of the society we serve.




As a flexible working friendly organisation, NICE want to be sure that everyone can work in a way that is best for them, for patients, and for the organisation. The Institute is committed to supporting flexibility and is open to discussion about how it can accommodate flexible arrangements. This role may be based in either London or Manchester, where NICE has offices; the successful candidate should expect to spend roughly two days per week in the office.




NICE particularly welcomes applications from historically under-represented groups, including disabled people and members of minority ethnic communities, as these groups are not yet well represented at senior levels of the organisation.




The MBS Group are acting as NICE’s advisors on this appointment. To apply please send a covering letter, CV, and completed Equality Monitoring Form with the subject line “Application for the role of Chief Scientific Officer” to by 12 noon on Wednesday 24th April.




If your application is progressed after the Longlist meeting, you will be invited to attend an hour-long, competency-based interview with the MBS team ahead of a Shortlist meeting, where a small number of candidates will be chosen for technical interviews, and to appear before the selection panel. The panel will be chaired by Dr. Sam Roberts, Chief Executive.   




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