Members with a special interest in one of four areas of practice are needed to help the CSP advise the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
One of NICE's key functions is to issue guidance to the NHS in England on the best clinical management of a range of conditions. To do this the institute collaborates with partners such as the CSP to identify the best evidence-based and clinical information on the topic in question. The CSP is currently registered with NICE as a stakeholder for 27 different guidelines, each at a different stage of development. The Society's 'stakeholder response co-ordinator' is Pip White - her role is to liaise with members and clinical interest and occupational groups to gain their feedback on the documents. A large number of CSP members already provide expert opinion to feed into the guideline development process, however, the Society is now looking to update its database. Four guidelines are being consulted on this year, for the care of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalitis, Parkinson's disease, osteoporosis and cancer. Members who have a special interest in any of these areas are asked to contact Pip White at the email address below. The work is unpaid, and involves reading and providing professional comment on a draft version of the relevant guideline. Comments are submitted by email on a pro-forma to the CSP, which then amalgamates them into one corporate response on behalf of the profession. There are usually at least two weeks in which to provide comments. Email your name and specialist interest area to Pip White at email@example.com
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