Welsh Government

Wales Research Ethics Committee has vacancies for expert members

9 June 2017

The Wales Research Ethics Committee (REC) 1 currently has a vacancies for expert members.

A RECs task is to consider the ethics of proposed research projects which will take place within the NHS. It is the duty of an REC to protect the interests of research participants. The committee reviews research applications and gives an opinion as to whether the research is ethical.

Research Ethics Committees consist of up to 15 members from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. Our Committees review health research, check that people are provided with the information they need to help them decide whether they wish to take part, and provide an opinion as to whether the research is ethical.

We currently have vacancies for expert members who are interested in thinking about the issues from the perspective of a potential research participant and who already have or would like to develop a knowledge of research ethics. An expert member is defined as someone who is a registered health care professional, or a retired doctor/dentist, or a person with professional qualifications or experience relating to the conduct of, or use of statistics in clinical research. Research Ethics Committee members receive training in ethical review and have opportunities to debate challenging issues.

Committees meet on average for half a day per month, 10 times per year and you will need to be able to attend at least 6 meetings per year plus be available to participate in Sub-Committee business held by email correspondence between meetings. We currently have vacancies in the following areas:

Wales Research Ethics Committee 1 – Expert Member x 2

Positions are voluntary, but expenses are paid for attendance at REC meetings and training events, including travel and childcare costs if applicable. Committees meet on average for half a day per month, you will need to be able to attend at least 2/3rds of meetings and one training day per annum.

We have a positive approach to diversity and encourage applications from all sections of the community.

For further information or to receive an application pack please contact Jag Sidhu on tel: 02920 230457 or email jagit.sidhu@wales.nhs.uk

More information on RECs can be found here: www.hra.nhs.uk

Wales REC 1 meets at the Village Hotel Coryton usually on the first Tuesday of the month and meetings commence at 13:00.

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2017