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Gov announces top choice for chair

Posted: 11 December 2012 by Rob Dabrowski

Professor David Haslam has been named as the government’s preferred candidate to be the chair of NICE.

Professor David Haslam
This decision was made following an open and rigorous recruitment exercise.

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.’

Professor David Haslam is currently the national clinical adviser to the Care Quality Commission.

He is also chair of the NICE Evidence accreditation advisory board and is an expert member of the NHS national quality board.

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, has invited the health select committee to today (11 December) hold a public pre-appointment scrutiny hearing.

Following this, the committee will report on the candidate’s suitability for the post.

The secretary of state will then consider the conclusions of the committee’s report carefully, before deciding whether or not to proceed with the appointment.

Professor Halsam is the immediate past president of the BMA and was president of the RCOG from 2006-09.

He is also an experienced publisher and broadcaster on health issues.