Lay members

The College benefits greatly from the contribution that lay people – that is those who are neither doctors nor dentists – make to its work.  Lay people contribute to the discussions and decisions at the College’s governing Council, at its policy making Faculty Boards and on many other boards and committees that do more detailed work.

The expertise that lay people bring can be from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as in serving on charity boards, in higher or professional education, in professional regulation and standard-setting, in assessment or from broader knowledge of healthcare in the four countries of the UK.  In these roles, the College is not specifically looking for a patient input or representation to its work but for wider experience and expertise that can be brought to bear on its various functions and activities.

In addition to serving on a specific board or committee, lay people are automatically members of the College’s Lay Member Network, which meets twice a year and which discusses the broader objectives and aims of the College and specific issues or areas of interest. From time to time, lay people also contribute to time-limited working parties of the College, to the responses the College makes to external consultation documents or represent the College on external bodies.

If you have any queries about lay member roles at the RCR, please email

There are currently no lay member vacancies at the College.