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Chair of the BTS Standards of Care Committee - call for applications

BTS invites applications for the position of chair of the Standards of Care Committee.  This role has a 3 year tenure to December 2022, and the successful candidate will become a Trustee of the Society serving on the BTS Board.

The Committee has the following main roles: 

Its primary activities focus is on Guideline development.  This involves the development and maintenance of robust systems for the production of the Society’s own Guidelines, from assessing the need for a Guideline to the submission for publication, in line with NICE Accreditation criteria.   The scope of this work will involve Guidelines on specific diseases, specific procedures and on processes of care, plus advice about key messages for dissemination, associated audit tool(s) and patient information.

It also produces Quality Standards, based on BTS Guidelines, which aim to provide clinicians, commissioners, planners and patients with a guide to the standards of care that patients with a particular disease/condition should expect, together with measurable markers of good practice. 

The Committee has also recently introduced the production of Clinical Statements to complement the portfolio of guideline and quality standards.  Clinical Statements provide a summary of knowledge and best practice in a particular clinical area, together with a series of good practice points and will usually be developed by a small expert group on topics approved by the BTS Board on advice from the Society’s Specialist Advisory Groups. 

The Committee also has a research responsibility.  This involves identifying gaps in knowledge exposed by the Guideline development process and advising on priority areas for research.    A copy of the Committee’s constitution is available here.

The successful candidate will have experience of guideline production, either through involvement in a BTS guideline group, or through participation in NICE guideline production, as well demonstrable skills and experience in chairing busy committees.  It is essential that the Chair takes the lead in providing a supportive framework for this core strand of BTS business.  This is a key position, which, in addition to attendance at 4 meetings per year and associated reading, requires that the successful individual provides leadership for the Society’s guideline production programme, working closely with the guideline team at BTS Head office and individual guideline groups.

Applications, which should include a brief statement outlining suitability for the role, plus a short CV (2-3 pages) should be sent to sheila.edwards@brit-thoracic.org.uk by midday on Friday 24 May 2019.  The current Chair of the Committee, Dr Luke Howard, would be happy to speak to interested candidates - please contact Sheila Edwards in the first instance. Interviews will be conducted (either by telephone or in person) before the end of May if possible.

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