OxfordAHSN seeking 3 new lay partners

Posted December 21, 2017

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network want to appoint three new lay partners, one for each of the following AHSN programmes:

  1. Patient and Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience (PPIEE) Programme – 1 position

1: Lay Partner, Thames Valley and Milton Keynes Patient Experience Operational Group

  1. Informatics Programme – 1 position

2: Lay Partner, Oxford AHSN Informatics Programme Oversight Group

  1. Patient Safety Programme – 1 position

3: Lay Partner, Oxford AHSN Patient Safety Collaborative Oversight Group

Duration – 1 year in the first instance, renewable to a maximum of 3 years

Expenses – An honorarium of £150 per full day and £75 per half day and travel expenses and other appropriate out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed

For informal discussion about these positions please contact either:

Douglas Findlay – Lay Partner, Oxford AHSN – docfindlay@gmail.com or

Sian Rees – Director of Patient and Public Involvement, Oxford AHSN sian.rees@oxfordahsn.org



It is essential that applicants live within area covered by the Oxford AHSN



The role of the Lay Partner is to:

  • Provide “critical friend” challenge to Oxford AHSN programmes, rather than to represent a particular condition or interest
  • Champion and advocate for increasing patient and public involvement and awareness in AHSN programmes
  • Be a champion for the AHSN and its programmes to outside agencies


Responsibilities of the Lay Partner are to:

  • Prepare for meetings by reading/reviewing plans, papers, proposals and other associated documentation
  • Play an active role during meetings
  • Take part in relevant AHSN and other outside events when requested and possible
  • Identify own support, training or development needs and discuss with relevant AHSN staff member


Time Commitment

  • Membership of the Patient Experience Operational Group, the Informatics Oversight Group and the Patient Safety Oversight Group is for 12 months initially. The position will be reviewed at the end of this period with the possibility of extension for up to three years
  • You will be required to attend meetings in Oxford. Each Programme has slightly different time commitments as follows:
  • Patient Experience Operational Group meets every 8 weeks for 2 hours

Operational group

  • Informatics Oversight Group meets three times/ year for 2 hours
  • Patient Safety Oversight Group meets quarterly for 2 hours


  • Meetings are scheduled during working hours
  • Flexibility to attend meetings and events beyond the Thames Valley area on behalf of the AHSN.


What will you gain?

  • The opportunity to influence health services and improve patient care
  • The opportunity to raise the profile of patient and public invovlement within the AHSN and its partner organisations
  • An induction and ongoing support from a named AHSN member of staff
  • An increased understanding of the health, care and innovation landscape


If you’re interested then visit: http://bit.ly/2BJrwu4 to get more details and to find out how to apply.