Lay members of School of Medicine Committees

What does it involve?

You will sit upon a School of Medicine committee as a lay member (representing the public voice). 


How does it work?

You will become a lay member of a particular committee and will be invited to attend the meetings. There are usually two lay members per committee. If you are unable to attend a particular date then you just send your apologies. 


Will I get paid?

The roles are voluntary therefore there is no payment to cover your time. However reasonable travel expenses will be covered and tea/ coffee are usually provided.


What is the time commitment?

Meetings tend to be a couple of hours (during the day) and their frequency varies. Most are every few months so you will probably attend about four a year.


Can I choose which committee to be on?

Yes, you can express an interest in particular committees.  However it will depend on whether there is a vacancy on that committee. 


What committees are there?

Please see our list of committees page for the full list.


Will I be listened to?

Everyone on the committee has an equal voice and your opinion will be as important as anyone else’s. Members have respect for each other, and everyone is given a chance to speak if they wish.


Will it be intimidating?

Hopefully not! Keele School of Medicine is a friendly place and you will receive all the training and support you need. You will get the opportunity to meet the Chair in advance and to observe the meeting before you formally take part. 


Why do you want lay members on committees?

We want the School of Medicine to reflect what the public wants from the medical profession. Therefore it is essential for the public to be involved right from the start of a doctor's training. We respect your opinions as a potential patient and as a representative of the public and want a greater diversity of opinion in decision making and different perspectives brought to the School.


Will I be trained?

You will receive mandatory equality and diversity training, an induction to the School of Medicine and to your role. You will be fully prepared and supported in your role.


What will I gain from the experience?

As well as knowing that you have positively contributed to medical education and the training of future doctors you will hopefully enjoy the role and perhaps learn new skills. You may gain experience valuable for future employment, grow in confidence, meet new people or be challenged and opened up to new ideas.


Who are we looking for?

Anybody who is interested in medical education and in shaping the training of future doctors. People who want to get involved, and are able to express their personal views and opinions whilst considering the wider interests of the general population. You will need good communication skills, be reliable and able to maintain confidentiality. The time commitment is not great, but you will need to be able to commit to various hours during the working day. We are looking for people from all backgrounds and there are no education or work experience requirements at all.

For an outline of the skills we are looking for, please read our Skills profile lay member of committee.


How do I apply?

Please see our contact details page for further information.