The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has announced it is setting up an independent advisory committee for NHS Evidence.

The committee will be chaired by Professor David Haslam, president of the Royal College of GPs.

The 28-strong membership includes Birmingham East and North primary care trust chief executive Sophia Christie; Academy of Medical Royal Colleges chair Dame Carol Black; London Health Observatory director Dr Bobbie Jacobson; NHS National Knowledge Service director Sir Muir Gray; Medical Schools Council chair Professor Sir John Tooke; national clinical director for children, young people and maternity services Dr Sheila Shribman; and North East medical director Professor Stephen Singleton.

NHS Evidence is intended to be a unified evidence base for everyone in the NHS who makes decisions about treatments or the use of resources. It will also be available for use by patients.

The advisory committee's role will include receiving, considering and reviewing information on sources of evidence.