NICE committees

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Remit of the group

Independent committees develop a range of guidance, including guidance covering mental health and behavioural conditions, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE is an independent public body that provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care in England.

NICE’s committees develop evidence-based recommendations for their specific guidance. These committees are made up of both ‘lay’ and professional members who work in the health and social care sectors. Lay members are defined as those people who use services, family members and carers, as well as members of the public and community or voluntary sector.

NICE guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics, from preventing and managing specific conditions, improving health, and managing medicines in different settings, to providing social care and support to adults and children, safe staffing, and planning broader services and interventions to improve the health of communities. They aim to promote individualised care and integrated care (for example, by covering transitions between children’s and adult services and between health and social care).

How do I get involved with the work of the committees?

There is no specific contact for each committee but we would instead invite you to get in touch with NICE’s Public Involvement Programme (PIP), who are the team at NICE that develops and supports patient, service user, carer and public involvement in NICE guidance. The PIP team’s role includes identifying organisations representing patient, carer, service user or public interests that may have an interest in specific topics of NICE’s work, as well as providing training, support and information to those organisations and individuals interested in contributing to NICE’s work.

You can find out how the public can get involved in developing NICE guidance on the NICE website at If you have any queries, please email and a member of the PIP team will get back to you.

You can find out what lay member positions we are currently recruiting for by looking at this webpage Lay member vacancies are located further down in the latter part of this webpage under the section “Patients, service users, carers and lay people”.

We can send you a form to complete which means that we will keep your interests on record and get in touch with you whenever a lay member vacancy matching your particular interests goes live on our website – please email the PIP team at to request an ‘Interested Individuals’ form.

The remit of the committees

NICE’s independent committees are not a single research group as such – they do not carry out research but instead look at the available research evidence for their specific topic. The committee then uses this evidence to inform its discussions and then translates this into recommendations for best practice in health and social care. Each committee includes at least two lay members who help to interpret this evidence.

Frequency and location of meetings

The frequency of meetings would depend on the specific committee that someone is working with but for NICE guidelines, there could be between 8 – 15 meetings over a period of 18 – 20 months. At the end of this development period, the final guideline is published. If you decide to apply for a particular lay member vacancy, information about the frequency and timing of meetings will be available in the recruitment paperwork.

NICE’s committee meetings usually happen in either Manchester or London. Again, this information will be available in the recruitment paperwork for the specific vacancy that you might be interested in.

Who can consult the committee?

It is NICE who consults with the committee in order to develop its final guidance. The published guidance should then be implemented across health and social care. In addition, all of the committee’s findings are published on the NICE website upon publication.



You can read testimonials from lay members who have been involved in a NICE committee before on our website at in the “Lay members’ perspective” section on the right hand side of the webpage.

Taylor, C., Richens, Y., Shaw, F. & Evans, P. (2006) The Contribution of patients and the public to the NICE guideline. Midwives: The Official Journal of the Royal College of Midwives, 9, 390-391.

Harding E, Pettinari CJ, Brown D, Hayward M, Taylor C. Service user involvement in clinical guideline development and implementation: learning from mental health service users in the UK. International Review of Psychiatry. 2011;23:352-7.

Kendall T, Crawford MJ, Taylor C, Whittington C, Rose D; Guidance Development Group. Improving the experience of care for adults using NHS mental health services: summary of NICE guidance. BMJ. 2012;344:e1089.

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Where can I look at the guidance that has already been published and see what is coming up in the area of mental health that I am interested in?

NICE develops a wide range of guidance for both health and social care. You are able to view the guidance that NICE has published around mental health and behavioural conditions here on the NICE website:

From that webpage, you can select the area that you are interested in, for example ‘Psychosis and schizophrenia’ and that will bring up the guidance related to that particular area, both that which has already been published or which is currently in development.

You can usually find out who the lay members were on each piece of guidance by selecting the guideline you are interested in and using the menu on the left hand side of the page to go to the section about the group or committee who developed that specific piece of guidance.