The Government’s preferred candidate for Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Sharmila Nebhrajani, has impressed at a hearing of the Health and Social Care (HSC) Select Committee to be recommended for the role.
Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE was asked to take part in a session of the Committee, at which she was questioned on her CV and views on health and social care issues. In the Committee’s report on the meeting, it is stated:
“The hearing, and the written questions, addressed Sharmila Nebhrajani’s background and experience, her motivation for taking up the role, and her understanding of NICE and views on the challenges facing NICE and its board. In accordance with the guidelines for pre-appointment hearings agreed with the Liaison Committee, we questioned her on her personal independence and relevant financial interests.
“We examined Sharmila Nebhrajani’s views on her short- and long-term priorities for NICE, potential challenges to these priorities and what criteria ought to be used to assess her first term in office, should she be appointed as Chair of NICE. We also assessed Sharmila’s knowledge and understanding of NICE’s practices, funding arrangements and relationship with other arm’s-length bodies in the health and social care industry.
“On the basis of the discussions during the pre-appointment hearing and of our consideration of her CV and the answers she provided to our questionnaire, we are satisfied that Sharmila Nebhrajani has the professional competence and personal independence required of the Chair of NICE. We are pleased to endorse her appointment and wish her well for her tenure as Chair.”
The Committee’s recommendation will be welcomed by the Government following their initial endorsement of Ms Nebhrajani.
Read more on the Committee session and report here.