Role Description & Requirements Lay Panel Member

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                Role Description & Requirements: Lay Panel Member

Position:               Lay Member – HTA Advisory Panel
Duration:               The usual term of office is two years
Payment:                Lay panel members are entitled to receive a committee fee if they
                        are not in receipt of a full time salary from public funds during the
                        period of their claim. If the member wishes, their committee fee can
                        be paid to their employing organisation.

                         A daily rate of £150 is paid which covers meeting attendance and
                        preparation work required.

                        The fee will be paid by the University of Southampton. Tax is not
                        deducted by the University and therefore lay members are
                        responsible themselves for paying appropriate income tax and
                        National Insurance contributions.

                        Lay members can also claim expenses in respect of all reasonable
                        and necessary travel, accommodation and subsistence.

Principal Responsibilities

1. To regularly attend panel meetings. Meetings are held four times a year in London and
   last most of the day.

2. To prepare for panel meetings by reading the agenda papers in advance and raising any
   issues for clarification with the panel manager.

3. Contribute to discussions that take place during meetings to ensure that the priorities
   reflect the patient and public perspective and to ensure that the final research questions
   reflect issues of concern to the public.

4. Take brief notes during the discussions of preferences to prepare for voting during the

5. Assist the panel in understanding some of the views and perspectives of patients and the
   public that are relevant to topics being discussed.

6. Participate in appropriate training and support activities.

7. At the start of discussion of topics and vignettes members are requested to declare
   whether they, or anyone closely associated with them, could be in a position to benefit as
   potential applicants were any topic to be taken forward as a priority or, if they represent
   any organisation which has a special interest in research in a particular area being

8. Maintain the confidentiality of agenda papers.

Person Specification

    Criteria                Essential Attributes                      Desirable attributes
Qualifications      None
Experience           Health services or research as a           Participating in formal meetings.
                       member of the public, patient,
                       carer or as an advocate or                Receiving fairly complex agenda
                       representative of patients and             papers and preparing for
                       carers.                                    meetings.

                       Established good links through           Patient and public involvement
                        patient and public networks,              in health services or research.
                        groups, organisations,
                        associations or societies.

Specialist skills      An ability to raise relevant             Awareness of current patient
and knowledge           personal experience and                   and public issues through
                        knowledge of health services and          keeping up to date via networks
                        research to inform the work of the        and the media.

                       An ability to provide a broad
                        patient and public perspective on
                        a range of health services and
                        research beyond own personal

                       An understanding of the
                        importance of and need for clinical
                        research within the NHS.

                       An understanding of and an
                        interest in the work of the HTA

                       An understanding of the relevance
                        of patient and public involvement
                        in the work of the HTA

Personal               Ability to communicate effectively       Self-confident in a mixed group
capabilities            and appropriately.                        of professional and lay
                       Ability to work collaboratively as
                        part of a team.                          Willing to give feedback to the
                                                                  HTA programme and help
                       Willing to learn within the role.         develop this area of work.

17 August 2009


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