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Your chance to quiz top team from health watchdog NICE at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

The body responsible for deciding which drugs and treatments should be funded by the NHS is coming to the RD&E – and patients and members of the public have the chance to meet and put questions to its Chair, Chief Executive and other senior staff.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is most well-known for its drug appraisals, but its work covers a wide range of health and social care topics, ensuring that patients and service users have consistent access to high-quality care. Most recently NICE produced draft guidance saying that many more people should be offered statins to prevent heart disease and stroke.


Now NICE’s top decision-makers are coming to the RD&E to hold a special Question Time-style event and a Public Board Meeting on Wednesday March 19. Members of the public can meet with and put questions directly to the NICE Chair Professor David Haslam, Chief Executive Sir Andrew Dillon and other NICE senior staff. The event is also open to everyone involved in commissioning and providing health and social care and public health, including NHS and local government staff.


The event will be held in the new £28million Research Innovation Learning Development Centre (RILD) at the RD&E’s Wonford site.

The timings are:
12-12.30pm – informal networking lunch, all welcome
12.30-1.30pm – Question Time
1.45-4.30pm – Public Board Meeting


Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE said: “We are delighted to be holding NICE Question Time and our public board meeting at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital this March. We really value the opportunity to find out what effect our work is having on people working in health and social care in Exeter and Devon and look forward to hearing from them and the public about how we can work together to improve outcomes for patients and the public.”


Angela Pedder, Chief Executive at the RD&E, said: “We are very pleased that NICE has chosen the RD&E for this event. It gives patients, public and other interested groups an excellent opportunity to find out more about how NICE arrives at its important decisions.”


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