Lay Members, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

There are vacancies for Lay Members at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

About Us

We are a membership organisation and registered charity, supporting over 25,000 members in the UK and internationally to drive the profession forward and advance surgical care. The invited review mechanism (IRM) can be used across the NHS and independent sector in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the Republic of Ireland. When a healthcare organisation needs an external expert opinion, an invited review can provide expert independent and objective advice. Future information on the IRM can be found in the Invited review handbook.

The role

RCS is seeking Lay Members for the Invited Reviewer Panel (Lay is defined as having a non-medical/non-clinical background).  Lay reviewers are an important part of the invited review team that undertake invited service and individual reviews under the invited review mechanism. Lay reviewers compliment the clinical reviewers by representing the patient and public interest. We are looking for individuals with excellent communication and analytical skills, and an interest in representing patient and the public views.


  • Carry out reviews in line with the Invited Review Mechanism framework and guidance for undertaking invited reviews.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the reviewing team, the College and the commissioning healthcare organisation.
  • Contribute to the planning of the invited review including reviewing documentation provided by the commissioning healthcare organisation and working collaboratively with other members of the reviewing team.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all information relating to the commissioning healthcare organisation, surgeon(s)/service, patients and other parties.
  • Participate fully in review team discussions to: identify areas for detailed exploration, evaluate findings and search for solutions.
  • Contribute to the production of the final report including reviewing draft and final versions.
  • Review updates provided by commissioning healthcare organisations following invited review visits
  • Help to ensure that the interests of patients and the public are represented.
  • Maintain professionalism and avoid conflicts of interest.

About You

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of leadership and experience of team-working.
  • Ability to discern and investigate themes and issues.
  • Ability to interpret numerical and statistical data.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the health sector.
  • Experience of representing the public and patient interest.
  • Understanding of, and a commitment to, the principles of equal opportunities and diversity.
  • Able to remain objective and dispassionate where necessary.

Successful applicants will be appointed to a panel of lay reviewers and will be approached to participate in reviews as required. Appointment to the panel does not guarantee involvement in a review visit in the immediate future. All lay reviewers will be invited to attend the IRM reviewer update day which is scheduled for 9 September 2019.

The term of appointment of all IRM lay panel members is one year probationary period followed by five years appointment (six years in full). A daily honorarium of £500 will be paid for each of the days of each review visit undertaken. Travel and subsistence costs will be reimbursed to agreed rates.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (demonstrating how you meet the person specification as outlined above) to by 14 April 2019Please provide the contact details of someone you have known for at least two years who would be willing to provide a reference. To view a copy of the person specification and further information please click here.

If you have any questions about this position please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our invited review team on 020 7869 6222.

Closing date:  14 April 2019

Interview date:  3 May 2019

We are fully committed to equality and diversity and will assess your application based on your experience, skills and suitability to the position.

Application documents

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