Gillian Leng, MD

  • Deputy Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds, and then spent several years researching the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease at Edinburgh University. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established, and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care). She specialised in public health medicine, and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.

At NICE, Gillian has been responsible for the initial set up and running of the clinical guidelines programme, for establishing the NICE implementation function, and for setting up NHS Evidence. More recently she has been responsible for establishing the NICE accreditation programme, to accredit the process of guidelines developed by third parties, and for establishing a guideline development function in social care. Gillian is also responsible for the NICE programme of indicator development, to support national initiatives to measure and monitor improvements in care.

Gillian is also involved in other national initiatives, including sitting on the English National Quality Board and the Leadership and Improvement Board. She is also actively involved in research into guideline implementation and quality improvement at King’s College, London. She is the editor of a textbook published in 2014: ‘Achieving high quality care: experiences from NICE’.

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