Public partners recruitment

Public partner recruitment

Do you want to help decide which new medicines can be made available to patients in NHSScotland?

Can you dedicate some of your valuable free time to this important task?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is recruiting a volunteer to the role of Public Partner with the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). Our Public Partners ensure the voices of the public inform and influence decision-making in the appraisal of new medicines in NHSScotland.

Skills needed for this role include:

  1. a sound judgement and ability to weigh up evidence in order to reach an objective and impartial conclusion
  2. the ability to express ideas concisely and ask challenging questions, and
  3. the ability to share your views clearly and sensitively from a public perspective.

As a full voting member of the SMC Committee you will be required to attend each of the monthly SMC Committee meetings which take place over an afternoon on the first Tuesday of every month, in Glasgow. Significant preparation time is also required for reading SMC meeting papers.

You will also be expected to attend a small number of other key meetings throughout the year.

You must live in Scotland to be a Public Partner.While the role of Public Partner is voluntary, expenses will be paid and training will be provided.

For an informal chat about what is involved, please contact: Katy Penman on 0141 225 6892 or send an email to

To request an application pack, call 0141 225 6887 or send an email to

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 24 March 2017