Patients interested in health research funding are being sought by the National Institute for Health Researchâ€™s patient benefit programme.
The organisation has six regional advisory committees that meet three times a year to decide which research applications should be recommended for funding.
Each committee is now looking for another patient representative to join it and provide more patient and public perspective into the research assessment process.
A spokesman said they were looking for volunteers with experience of working in committees and groups, are familiar with patient and public involvement in health, have excellent communications skills and would enjoy applying their knowledge and skill to a new area.
Those chosen will also need to be able to read large amounts of information before a committee meeting.
Members of the public take a full role in the committee roles and receive expenses and an attendance fee. There are up to three patient and public members on each committee, fully supported in by a patient and public involvement team and programme managers.
The vacancies are in six specific regions. Candidates must live in those regions:
East of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire or Essex).
East Midlands (Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire or Northamptonshire).
Yorkshire and The Humber (Yorkshire
North East (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear or Durham).
North West (Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire or Greater Manchester).
South Central (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or Hampshire).
Applicants must fill in an application form and shortlisted candidates will attend a face to face interview in their region.
The deadline for applications is June 26th for the first three regions (above) and August 5th for the second three regions. For more details, see here
If you have any queries contact the patient and public involvement team here or telephone: 020 8843 8042 or 020 8843 8071
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