Dr Maggie Helliwell recognised for her outstanding contribution to NICE

Posted on July 30, 2019 by AireAdmin No Comments

A former Keighley GP and current non-executive director at Airedale hospital has been given a special honour – for her outstanding contribution to her work with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).

NICE hosted the awards ceremony in celebration of its 20th anniversary at the House of Commons at the Palace of Westminster.  During the evening the Distinguished Contribution to NICE Awards were presented by NICE’s chair Sir David Haslam to 20 individuals – one for each year it has been in existence – who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation since it was established in 1999.  Dr Helliwell was given the award for her ‘significant contribution to the governance of the institute’.

Dr Helliwell was a GP at Ling House in Keighley for 35 years and was also chair of the GP pioneering primary care fund holding group – the Worth Valley Health Consortium – whilst working in the surgery. She was also medical director of Airedale Primary Care Trust.  In 2007, she returned to Airedale Hospital as deputy medical director and in that same year became a non-executive director of NICE before being appointed the vice chair in 2009.  Since 2016 Dr Helliwell has been non-executive director on the board of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Maggie Helliwell says:

“I was so proud to get the award, it came out of the blue and it has really set the seal on my whole career from when I first started right to now.  To have recognition from an organisation that I was proud to be part of, that is so respected and has an international reputation, just made me feel brilliant.”

“It has always had an impact on my work since then.  I had done national work before but this was so significant because of the calibre of the people I was working with and also because it was a central part of the NHS and the way in which clinicians work.  Whilst I was there they took over the organisation of the British National Formulary which is all the drugs that can be prescribed.  I remember the BNF starting off as a little white notebook in the 1970s and now it is a huge computer programme.  To have that background and that knowledge from working with NICE has really helped me as a clinician, a commissioner and continues to do so today on the board at Airedale Hospital.”

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