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Title: NICE: Topic Expert Community Member needed for health guidance
Post by: UK CAB Moderator on May 21 2013, 10:17 am
FYI - links and info in the message below: NICE: Topic Expert Community Member needed for a Committee developing guidance on Disability, dementia and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to prevention
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Dear Colleague,
 
As a registered stakeholder for the NICE public health guidance currently being developed on Disability, dementia and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to prevention, I am contacting you because we think you or your organisation’s networks may be interested to know that we are currently seeking applications for the ‘topic specific’ community member role for the committee developing this guidance.
 
The topic specific 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 development of this guidance. Our community members are paid an attendance fee to attend these meetings and we cover travel and accommodation costs too.
 
The population groups which will be covered by the guidance are adults aged 40 – 64 years, with a particular focus on people at increased risk of developing disability, dementia or frailty due to health-related behaviour and lifestyle factors, and adults aged 39 and younger from disadvantaged populations (as they are at increased risk of ill health and more likely to develop multiple morbidities). The committee will be looking at interventions to increase the uptake and maintenance of behaviours to prevent or delay disability, dementia or frailty and other conditions not caused by infection, for example diabetes, stroke or obesity. The work is also likely to cover interventions to encourage less sedentary behaviour, increase physical activity, improve diet, lose weight, quit smoking and reduce alcohol intake.
 
We would welcome an application from those who have:
 
•        Recent experience (within the last 5 years) of services which promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing amongst the population groups covered by this guidance or an understanding of issues important to people who are at increased risk of developing disability, dementia, frailty or other conditions in later life due to health-related behaviour and lifestyle factors. For example as:
o   someone who has experience of using services which promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing or is at increased risk of developing disability, dementia, frailty or other conditions or
o   a family member or unpaid carer of the above person, or
o   someone who has been involved in activities, groups or campaigns related to improving the health and wellbeing of those at increased risk of developing disability, dementia or frailty or other conditions or
o   who has participated in the development of local, community based programmes to promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing or other relevant services or
o   who is a member or officer of a relevant community or voluntary organisation.

•        An understanding of, and a willingness to reflect, the experiences and needs of a wide group of people using services which promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing or at risk of developing disability, dementia or frailty (gained for example through networks with service users, or membership of a support group, community group, voluntary organisation, or service user forum).

 
Please see this webpage http://admin.nice.org.uk/getinvolved/joinnwc/LayMemberPHACDisabilityDementiaFrailty.jsp  for further information, dates of meetings and the application form.  The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18 June 2013.
 
Further information about the topic, and the draft scope (which is the document which explains what the guidance will and will not cover) for the guidance can be found here http://admin.nice.org.uk/guidance/PHG/64  on the NICE website. The committee updating this guidance will include a range of different professionals and academics involved in preventing ill health and promoting good health, so we are looking for people without a professional public health background.
 
I would be grateful if you could forward this opportunity to your members, networks or anyone you think might be interested in this opportunity. If your organisation has a newsletter, Twitter or Facebook account, online forum etc., that you would be willing to post this information to, this would be much appreciated as we are trying to spread the word as far as we can.

If you have any queries about this role please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Apologies for any cross posting.
 
Best wishes,
 
Jessica Fielding
Public Involvement Adviser
 
Public Involvement Programme, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Level 1A | City Tower | Piccadilly Plaza | Manchester M1 4BT | United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)161 870 3280 | Fax: 44 (0) 207 061 9782