The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) produces guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health, and provide social care support.

NICE guidance is based on research evidence and takes into account the views of people working in or using relevant services, and other stakeholder groups.

They are currently looking for members of the public and their advocates (usually referred to as ‘lay members’ at NICE) to join the quality standards advisory committee who help to develop and/or update NICE quality standards on a range of different health and social care topics.

See here for details of what working with the committee involves, the kind of experience and knowledge they are looking for, and how to apply.

Recruitment is open until 5pm on Wednesday 11 December.

The committee will help to develop quality standards on a range of different topics. For example:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Faltering growth
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • End of life care

The standing lay member of this committee will play a key role in making sure that the views, experiences and interests of the public are included in the committee’s decision-making.

NICE would welcome an application from those who have an understanding of the issues important to people who use services, their families or local communities with respect to the committee’s work and are able to reflect the experiences and needs of a wide network of relevant members of the public. You will need to be able to contribute effectively in a formal committee setting. Our lay members are paid a fee to attend meetings and travel and other expenses are covered.

To give you an idea of the areas of work that NICE develops or updates quality standards in, they have recently published:

Any applicant wouldn’t need to be an expert in all of these areas of course – NICE are really looking for someone with expertise in, and passion about, improving health and social care services for people using them.

NICE really value the contribution that people who use health and social care services, their carers and advocates make to their guidance.