A new 'citizens council' is being set up to offer advice to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Outlined in the NHS plan, the council's aim is to get users involved in the institute, considering social, ethical and moral questions arising from its work. It should be running by next year.NICE chief executive Andrew Dillon said: 'No themes have yet been selected for the committee.However, as an example of what it might be asked to look at, an early topic is likely to be consideration of the value the institute and its advisory committee should apply when interpreting clinical and economic evidence.'The council will have up to 30 members and will meet publicly twice a year.