If this reads like an advert then I apologise but that’s what it is. But it seems a good advert to pass on from the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility (CCF).
The NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme needs one public member for each of six Regional Advisory Committees. The committees meet three times a year to discuss and decide which research applications the programme should be recommending for funding. Members of the public take a full committee role for which they receive expenses and attendance fee and have the key task of providing a patient and public perspective in the research assessment processes. There are up to three patient and public members on each committee, fully supported in their role by the patient and public involvement team and their programme managers. In order to be eligible for consideration, you must live in the relevant region. The vacancies are in:
East of England (must be resident in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire or Essex).
East Midlands (must be resident in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire or Northamptonshire).
North East (must be resident in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear or Durham).
North West (must be resident in Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire or Greater Manchester).
South Central (must be resident in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Hampshire).
Yorkshire and The Humber (must be resident in Yorkshire).
The recruitment process involves an application form and a face to face (friendly) interview in their region. You do need committee experience and some facility with managing large amounts of information before a committee meeting, and this is explained in the information about applying which is all on the NIHR CCF/ppi website: Pages – GetInvolved.
Application Deadline is 26th June 2013 for East of England, East Midlands and Yorkshire and The Humber. For North East, North West and South Central the Application Deadline is 5th August 2013.
If you have any further queries please contact:
Patient and Public Involvement team,
CCF, Grange House, 15 Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NL
Telephone: 020 8843 8042 or 020 8843 8071