The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) was established in 2010, as a partnership of patient safety stakeholders. Its mission is to provide the framework for the national endorsement of clinical guidelines and audit to optimise patient and service user care. The patient and/or public representatives on the NCEC Committee are involved in many ways, including as regular working group members, as conference/event speakers or panellists, and even as recruiters and interviewers for NCEC sub-group members. The Committee meets quarterly, and as required.
The National Clinical Effectiveness Committee (NCEC) comprises of 20 members, of which two are public and/or patient (PPI) representatives. There have been PPI representatives on the Committee since 2013 and they are appointed by the Minister for Health. PPI representatives do not need any formal qualifications, nor do they need to be affiliated to a patient organisation. They should be willing to share the broader patient perspective rather than their own personal opinion. They should not have practiced as a healthcare professional for more than five years. The term is from three to five years. The term for Committee members runs for three to five years, with members serving a maximum of two terms.