Your opportunity to help improve NHS services

23rd February 21

The National Institute for Health Research is inviting patients, carers, services users and members of the public interested in health and social care to help shape NHS services and social care in England.

They want people, including carers looking after a family member or friend, to join a number of its national and regional research committees. They are looking for people who are interested in a broad range of health and social care topics and research, beyond their own personal experience.

This would see you helping the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) make funding recommendations on the world-class research and therefore improving NHS services and social care in England.

The committees include public members, senior academics and NHS clinicians and practitioners, who together assess research proposals and make recommendations for funding.

The committees have an important part to play to help them deliver their mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. As the nation’s largest funder of health and social care research, they work in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, to deliver world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science.

They have vacancies for a number of committees responsible for making funding recommendations in health and social care research. The research will bring together some of the best minds in the nation to develop world-class research to improve patient care and drive innovation in areas such as diagnostics and treatment models.

To ensure they do not have an overlap of skills they are excluding applications to public committee roles from people who have, or have had, a professional role in health or social care services or research.

Watch this video to learn about how public members are making a difference. For more information about the role, eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the NIHR website.