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New Members Wanted for NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs)

New Members Wanted for NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs)

24th November 2021

The NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs) are currently looking to recruit new volunteer members to join the RECs and contribute to their work

  • Interested in ethical debate?
  • Interested in health care research?
  • Would you enjoy promoting good ethical research by joining a REC?

If you are passionate about healthcare research, have the ability to analyse complex issues, take an objective stance and voice your opinion then volunteering to become a member of an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC) could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The RECs are looking for people who are passionate about health and social care research to review applications for research studies, both registered healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and interested members of the public who make up Lay membership. Despite having different roles and experiences all members have a shared goal; to ensure research is ethical and fair.

The RECs protect research participants and facilitate ethical research by reviewing new applications for research approval. The work is varied but includes some of the biggest challenges we face in health and social care today, from cancer to dementia, and more recently COVID-19. As a member of a REC you will review health and social care research applications to ensure the safety and wellbeing of research participants and the public.

Training will be provided and you will need to commit to attend 10 full REC meetings per year plus some additional sub-committee business in between meetings. There are 11 committees based in Scotland and these meet virtually. 

As a REC member you will gain:

  • increased knowledge in research methodology and statistics
  • a better understanding of research ethics and relevant legislation
  • committee skills
  • access to Health Research Authority and other member training events

You will also have the opportunity to train for the role of a REC Chair / Vice Chair after one year of membership.

Who should consider applying

The RECs are keen to receive applications from people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, who have an interest in health research and ethics.

For more information and an application form please e-mail Nikki McGlynn by Friday 17th December.

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