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Join our Lay Advisory Group (NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics)

Are you interested in research involving the design, utility and cost-effectiveness of new diagnostic tests in the NHS? We have an exciting opportunity to become a member of our Lay Advisory Group.

  • Public/Patient Representative
  • Influence


The NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) Cooperative are an academic group based within the NHS. We collaborate widely with industry and research groups to develop safe, user-friendly and cost-effective diagnostic devices for use by the NHS. We are particularly interested in tests that are portable/handheld tests that give rapid results (point of care), which can transform patient experiences and their quality of lives.

We are looking for members who could provide critical and constructive feedback to join our Lay Advisory Group. You will attend meetings quarterly, review research documents and be an active member of our Lay Advisory Group. By sharing your experience as patient/carer, you will help to ensure the patient voice is represented and considered as part of our decision-making. Topics covered may include Cancer, Infection, Metabolic Medicine, Primary Care, Respiratory and Biomarkers (a measurable indicator of some biological state or condition).

Volunteer Criteria

This opportunity is open to anyone living in England with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Good communications and team-working skills.
  • The ability to take part in constructive debate, while being respectful of other people’s opinion.
  • Able to access a computer and communicate by email, including using attachments and commenting by track changes or use feedback forms provided by our Patient and Public Involvement team.
  • Knowledge of experiences and needs of people who are public health service users, which gives you the ability to represent a range of different perspectives on our current and future research.

No prior experience needed - suitable for people new to public involvement in research.

What will I be asked to do?

  • Attend Lay Advisory Group meetings (usually 2 hours) 3-4 meetings a year, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, and take part in discussions to shape our current and future research topics.
  • Comment on documents between Lay Advisory Group meetings and take part in meetings at St Mary’s Hospital or via teleconference (on agreed circumstances) to discuss your comments and feedback. The frequency of these tasks is directly dependent on the number of research projects that we are working on as a team.
  • Review research information from a patient, service user, carer or community perspective.
  • Voice your views in advisory group meetings.
  • Keep our research work confidential.

By acting as a Lay Advisor, your role will be to:

  • Make sure the views, experiences and interests of patients or people who use NHS, public health services are taken into account in our research.
  • Ensure our work addresses the needs of the people affected by the research topic and takes into account people from different backgrounds.
  • Identify areas of concern to people using NHS, public health services.

When and where?

Lay Advisory Group meetings will likely be held at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, 3-4 times per year. You should therefore be comfortable travelling to this location.

Attending meetings remotely via teleconference can be considered on agreed circumstances. 

Will I get anything for taking part?

  • You will help to ensure the views, experiences and interests of patients or people who use NHS, public health services are taken into account and are at the centre of our research.
  • You will get paid £25/hour for your involvement, plus reimbursement of reasonable travel and other agreed out of pocket expenses.
  • You will be able to develop new skills, learn new things, get to know new people and expand your network. 


  • St Mary's Hospital
  • Praed Street
  • London
  • W2 1NY

Application process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please register your interest by clicking the green button at the top and completing the short application form that appears.

The deadline for applications is at 9am on 21st of November 2019. After this date, all applications will be passed onto and reviewed by the opportunity owner. A NIHR London IVD representative or Imperial College staff member, will then contact all applicants by 29th November to inform you whether you have been selected to join the Group. Priority will be given to establishing a diverse group of people who bring a wide range of experience and perspectives.

Applicants may be contacted for additional information prior to a final decision being made.

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  • Rosanna  King
    15th November 2019

    Hi - I submitted an application but after I pressed 'send' the Voice webpage said 'page not found', so I am not sure it went through. Please confirm. I can re-submit if need be.

    Rosanna King

  • Filipa Amaral
    15th November 2019

    Dear Elsie,

    Thank you for your interest in being involved at NIHR London IVD. On the top right-hand side of this page, there is a green button that says "apply here". We would be grateful if you could submit your application there. Please do not hesitate to contact me ( if you have any questions.

    Best Wishes,


    NIHR London IVD Co-op PPI Lead

    Imperial College London​

    St Mary's Hospital

    QEQM 10th Floor,

    South Wharf Road, Paddington

    London W2 1NY

  • Elsie Hall-Thompson
    15th November 2019

    I am interested in joining this group and most important, helping out.

    From my home, St Mary’s Hospital is 11 minutes walking distance door to door for me, so attending meetings will not present a problem for me even at short notice.

    I am happy to help and assist in any and all ways that help is required. Cheers Elsie