|Job Title||Lay Member - EXPIRED|
|Salary||£1 per annum|
|Job Published||05 Nov 2014|
|Contact Name||Volunteers team|
The AAGBI Foundation is seeking to appoint a lay member of its Research and Grants Committee
The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), founded in 1932, is the national
professional organisation for nearly 11,000 members, representing the largest medical specialty in the
NHS. The AAGBI's charitable arm, the AAGBI Foundation, is seeking to recruit a lay member to join its
Research and Grants Committee, which reports to the Foundation Board.
The AAGBI's aims are to enhance patient safety, education and research in anaesthesia.
Anaesthetists (including intensive care and pain specialists) are involved in over 60% of episodes of in-patient care in the NHS. The AAGBI provides education (via meetings, seminars, & web-based learning),
research funding, guideline development, professional support (such as wellbeing & mentoring) and
funding for international work in low resource countries. It also publishes one of the world's leading
anaesthetic journals and maintains a renowned museum.
This is a voluntary role (unremunerated except for expenses) and offers an opportunity to contribute to the
strategic development, funding decisions and governance of the research and grant aims of a leading
medical organisation dedicated to promoting patient safety and quality of care in this country and
The Committee is chaired by an elected member of Council. Its membership is made up of other elected
members of the Council and Board, who are all anaesthetists, and co-opts. The Committee is advised by
senior professional staff (including the Executive Director). It meets twice a year at the AAGBI
headquarters in central London.
The AAGBI is also a founder partner of the National Institute of Academic
Anaesthesia (www.niaa.org.uk) and there are close links with the NIAA and the work of the Research and
Grants Committee. The AAGBI has recently reviewed its research strategy and set updated priorities:
Education and training
Related professional issues (e.g. standards and guidelines, working conditions, medicolegal
issues, etc) and
Role of the Research & Grants Committee
To oversee the implementation of research and grants expenditure in line with the AAGBI
Research Strategy and policy determined by the Board, receiving regular management accounts
and reports on expenditure/ income and providing input to the annual budget/business planning
To oversee and maintain the process by which applications for funding are assessed, including an
independent Assessors Panel as appropriate.
To provide input into major research and audit projects including those involving partner
organisations such as Royal College of Anesthetists and the National Institute of Academic
To review the AAGBI Research Strategy and propose change where appropriate.
To provide a source of expertise on research matters arising in other areas of AAGBI activity.
To set and review the AAGBI's policy on surveys, and advise the Board/Secretariat as appropriate.
To review and monitor the outcome of the AAGBI's research funding.
Provide an oversight of AAGBI sponsored research
We are keen to co-opt as a lay member an individual with a background in one or more of the following
areas: charity involvement in medical or social science research, public and patient engagement,
fundraising for research, science, ethics, research funding, research governance, commissioning
research, evaluation and impact measurement.
The lay member will be a co-opted member of the committee with the ability to contribute ideas and
constructive challenge at a time of modernisation and development. The lay member will review grant
applications for research funding with particular reference to the lay abstract.
Their personal characteristics will include:
Empathy, with an ability to act as a critical friend
Enthusiasm and commitment to advancing medical science through the use of high-quality
Objectivity in research matters
Have experience as a user of the NHS
Be available twice a year for meetings (usually in London)
Be a good communicator
Be committed to public service values of accountability, probity, openness and equality of
Be IT literate to allow some work to be carried out by email or via web-based links
Chair of Research and Grants Committee, all Officers, Senior Management and other staff of the AAGBI
Foundation as required.
For more information and informal discussion
Contact Karin Pappenheim, Executive Director for informal discussions and more information by email
Applications invited by Monday 1 December 2014.
Expressions of interest are invited via a letter and CV to the Executive Director, and interviews will be
arranged. Please send your letter and CV to Karin Pappenheim at email@example.comTPP is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from all sectors of the community. We shortlist based on competencies and not on race, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.
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