We want you to get involved in the development of our guidance. This could be as someone who uses health and care services, a carer, or a member of the public.
As a member on a panel, committee or working group, you will get the opportunity to:
- use your experience to help others
- work with a range of experts, including those who use services, carers and the public
- build confidence, knowledge and skills.
You will receive:
- tailored advice and support
- travel and accommodation if required
- reasonable expenses and an attendance fee (visit the lay member payments and expenses page for more information).
How can I get involved?
Join our expert panel for public involvement
Our virtual expert panel brings together people who want to use their experience to influence our work.
Panel members make a difference to the people most directly affected by our recommendations.
Join a committee or working group
Our committees develop and update our guidance.
Use your experiences to help shape our guidance and standards as a lay member.
Lay members contribute the perspectives of people who use services, carers or specific communities to a committee's work.
Comment on guidance that's being developed
We run public consultations on our draft recommendations, the scope of a topic and whether guidance should be updated.
This is your chance to let us know what you think about a range of issues, including:
- What do you think about the recommendations? Do they meet your needs?
- Do you know about any important evidence that the guideline has not taken into account?
- Does the guideline recommend treatments and care that you or other people might find unacceptable?
Share your experiences as a patient expert
Voluntary and community sector organisations identify people who can help us develop our technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies guidance.
If you are invited to take part you might be asked to share your views in writing, or come to one of our committee meetings to share your views in person.
Your experiences of working with us
Lay members talk about their experiences on our learning disabilities guideline committees
A committee member's experience of developing a guideline
There was a good mix of people on the committee. They came from all walks of life and different levels of experience. The chair made all of the lay members feel valued and equal alongside the professionals.
It was great to know my input would ensure the guideline would help people like me."Thines Ganeshamoorthy, lay committee member