Lay member role description: Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board

The Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board (STB) is responsible for all aspects of clinical radiology specialty training from the selection of trainees through to entry to the GMC’s Specialist Register.

This includes agreeing the processes for recruitment into training, defining the training curriculum and assessment system, quality assurance of training, and providing support to trainers and trainees.

See the terms of reference for the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board

Lay members will serve a term of three years, that may be extended to a second term of a further one year. Terms will generally begin on 1 September.

Purpose of the role

1. To work constructively with the STB in support of the agreed aims of the Board
2. To provide a lay perspective across the work and activities of the STB and to contribute to discussions at Board meetings
3. To participate in any initiative(s) agreed by the STB where a lay perspective is required, including serving on working parties established by the Board.

Person specification

The following range of skills and attributes are desirable, but it is recognised that individuals will have different levels of experience in different areas:

  • A keen interest in, and knowledge of, healthcare in the UK
  • An awareness of medical issues and an understanding of their public perception
  • Sufficiently developed knowledge of, and interest in, educational principles and practice, to carry out the specified role, or a willingness to add to knowledge in this area. Ideally this should be within a medical setting but this is not essential
  • The ability to expound views, enter into constructive debate and to communicate a lay perspective
  • Experience of serving on boards or committees at a senior level in a national or regional setting
  • Political and commercial neutrality.

The lay member will be expected to contribute independent and objective views, not acting as a member of any organisation or of any specific group of people.

Lay Member Network

Lay people who serve on RCR boards, committees, etc are also automatically members of the Lay Member Network, which meets twice a year – generally in spring and autumn. The Lay Member Network meetings bring all lay members together to learn more about and discuss the Colleges’ activities and aims on a broad front and allow opportunity for networking. The topics discussed at Network meetings are wide-ranging, usually affecting both the College’s specialties, or are of general impact on medicine or healthcare. Meetings are chaired by the President (or a Vice-President) and attended by the Vice-Presidents and College staff members. The structure of Lay Member Network meetings is deliberately fluid to enable a two-way exchange of information and views.

Time commitment

The main responsibilities of a lay member of the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board are to attend all meetings of the Board, to read papers in advance and to contribute to discussion of issues. For each regular meeting of the Board, of which there are generally three per year, plus other ad hoc meetings to address particular issues as they arise, the time commitment would be about 3/5 hours plus any travelling time and the time required for reading and preparation.

In addition, the time commitment of the Lay Member Network is to attend two meetings a year, plus any other ad hoc meetings that may arise. The time commitment for each meeting is about 2-3 hours, plus any travelling and preparation time.


The RCR will meet reasonable expenses incurred by a lay member attending meetings in line with the RCR Travel and Expenses Policy and is happy to discuss help with IT requirements to enable participation in meetings taking place remotely.
If the lay member attends an external meeting that is of interest to him/her, prior agreement with the College should be arranged that the lay member is attending on behalf of the College and is therefore able to claim travel expenses. Expenses for any meeting that the lay member is attending out of personal interest and not on behalf of the College cannot be claimed back through the RCR.


Lay people will from time to time be provided with documents at various stages of development, prior to their formal approval and publication. Lay members will always be asked to keep such drafts confidential, and not disclose any confidential information to an outside person or organisation.

To apply, please download and complete the application form, and email it to by 09:00 on Thursday 29 July.