The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands is the clinical research delivery arm of the NIHR. The CRN is passionate about the contribution that clinical research can make to patient care. Their aim is to increase the opportunities for patients to take part in clinical research, ensure studies are carried out efficiently and support the government’s strategy for embedding clinical research in the NHS.
The CRN wishes to appoint a lay representative to be a member of the Partnership Group, to contribute to the development of the CRN West Midlands. The appointee will join three other lay representatives.
The remit will be to provide the patients’, carers’ and general public perspectives, acting as a key link between patient groups and fostering patient/public engagement. You will be a member of the Partnership Group and your role will be to contribute to the overall development, effective management and governance of CRN activities in the West Midlands.
Experience of health services or research as a patient or as a carer or as an advocate or representative of patients and carers is desirable. The ability to understand the broader range of patient and public perspectives beyond one’s own personal experience and to use that to inform the work of the Group/Network is fundamental to this role.
The Partnership Group meets as a minimum four times per year and the term of office is three years. A small honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses are payable in line with INVOLVE guidance (INVOLVE is a national advisory group that supports greater public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research). Eligible applicants must be resident within the West Midlands geography.
For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Mary-Anne Darby, Head of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Research, on 01902 447193. If you wish to apply for this role, please send a CV and covering letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 17 October 2017.