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Lay members sought for cancer screening research advisory committees

We’re looking for people to represent the public and patient voice on the NHS screening programmes’ research advisory committees (RACs).

We have vacancies for lay members on the RACs for the:

  • NHS bowel cancer screening programme
  • NHS breast screening programme
  • NHS cervical screening programme

The RACs review applications to carry out research involving NHS screening programme participants or requiring access to NHS screening programme data or samples. They consider the risks and benefits of each research proposal for the screening programme and participants, as well as the public interest in carrying out the study. Based on this assessment, the RAC decides whether to support the research.

To make sure any research in the NHS screening programmes benefits patients and the public, it’s important for them to be involved in these decisions.

Lay committee members also give their opinion on whether the research would be acceptable to screening programme participants, and if the information provided to them is easy to understand.

Applicants must live in England. The ideal candidate would have:

  • an interest in one of the 3 NHS cancer screening programmes
  • good communications skills, enthusiasm and reliability
  • access to appropriate technology (like a computer or tablet) for email and remote meetings

An understanding of health research and ethics and experience of reading scientific papers would also be useful. Do not worry if you do not have experience of all these things, though, as we’ll provide support to help new lay members undertake their role.

Meetings take place 4 times a year and are currently held using Microsoft Teams. In the future there may be face to face meetings and any travel costs and expenses would be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is 2 July 2021. More information, including how to apply, is available in the full advert.

Contact with any questions.

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