The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is looking for 12 new members to help it continue to make high-quality and well-considered evidence-based advice to ministers and the NHS in all 4 UK countries. If you're interested, you could play a vital role in shaping UK NSC recommendations and keeping the screening programmes delivered across the UK at the cutting edge of international research.
Find out more and download an information pack. The closing date for applications is midday on 30 September 2021 (this has been extended by 2 weeks).
We are looking for 11 expert members who are recognised experts, with a track record of national achievements in one of the following fields:
- health economist
- cytopathologist or virologist
- medico legal
- cancer specialist
- laboratory services
We are also looking for one additional lay member to strengthen the existing patient and public voice representation. Lay members should have the desire to make an effective contribution as a representative of all patients, carers and members of the general public.
As well as specialist skills in their own particular area, UK NSC members should be able to take on board and critically consider complex information and scientific/medical data and have great communication skills. Post holders will not be paid but do get travel and other related expenses.
The UK NSC meets 3 times a year, currently online, though face-to-face meetings are expected to restart when appropriate.
Appointments are usually made for 3 years.
Hilary Goodman, the current UK NSC member for midwifery, explained what it's like to be part of the committee:
I've really enjoyed being part of a government scientific advisory committee that is so well known and respected for its evidence-based recommendations. The committee is very well supported by the secretariat and while we've all missed having meetings in person due to COVID-19, the virtual ones have worked really well.
The committee's debates are always fascinating and as members we help to ensure that they take adequate account of clinical and scientific evidence, as well as increasingly of ethical and patient perspectives. It's a stimulating and rewarding role and one I'd definitely recommend to others.
If you have any questions, please get in touch via the UK NSC helpdesk.
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