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Expert members needed for social care research ethics committee

Last updated on 5 Oct 2017

The Social Care Research Ethics Committee currently has vacancies for expert members who are interested in thinking about the issues from the perspective of a potential research participant and would like to develop knowledge of research ethics. We're particularly interested in receiving applications from health care or social work professionals working in mental health or social care.

An expert member is defined as someone who is a registered health care or social work professional, or retired doctor. 

HRA Research Ethics Committee members receive training in ethical review and have opportunities to debate challenging issues.

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A research ethics committee in action

NHS Research Ethics Committees

The Health Research Authority is responsible for NHS Research Ethics Committees. Our RECs are managed through the Research Ethics Service (RES). Research Ethics Committees consist of up to 15 members from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. Our Committees review health and social care 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.

What people say about us:

An Ethics Committee Member’s view

‘The interaction with sharp young minds, seeing that spark of understanding and spark of curiosity knowing you have helped shape that through engaging with and encouraging them, was particularly enjoyable’.

A Researcher’s view

‘I thought that the Committee had considered my application fairly, invested time in it, and raised useful comments regarding my study’.

‘The review from the Research Ethics Committee assured me that my project was ethically sound and gave me more confidence to approach NHS managers for their support’.

‘The questions raised by the REC contributed toward improving the proposal and we are very grateful for that’.

How to apply

Further information on RECs, and an application pack that needs to be completed can be found in our REC section

Please email your completed application to Barbara Cuddon, Social Care REC Manager

The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday, 11 December 2017

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