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Applying to be an IRM Lay Reviewer

The role

Lay Members for the Invited Reviewer Panel (Lay is defined as having a non-medical/non-clinical background) 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. 

Selection criteria

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of leadership and experience of team-working. 
  • Ability to discern and investigate themes and issues. 
  • Ability to review and reflect upon both written and verbal information and make recommendations. 
  • 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.

Support and time commitment

Reviewers appointed to our panel are fully briefed on fulfilling this role and will receive regular invites to reviewer update days. The time commitment required for each Invited Review usually includes a two day visit and input in to the report produced subsequently. How often each reviewer is contacted about being involved in an Invited Review will vary, but it is unusual for most of our reviewers to be involved in more than one or two reviews each year.


We are not currently recruiting for Lay Members for the Invited Reviewer Panel, any future opportunities will be advertised on this page. 

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