Lay member role description: Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board

The Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board is responsible within the Faculty of Clinical Radiology for the development and review of standards and guidance for clinical radiologists, the development of resources and tools to support Fellows and members including the College’s role in the revalidation of doctors, the College’s CPD scheme, and the oversight and development of its medical workforce function in respect of clinical radiology (including the annual workforce census).

The CR PSSB is chaired by the Medical Director for Professional Practice, Clinical Radiology, and is responsible to the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board. Its programme of work contributes to the Strategic Priorities of the RCR and extends to all four UK nations. See the terms of reference of the Board.

Term of office

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 1 September.

Purpose of the role

1. To work constructively with the PSSB in support of the agreed aims of the Board
2. To provide a lay perspective across the work and activities of the PSSB and to contribute to discussions at Board meetings
3. To participate in any initiative(s) agreed by the PSSB 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, radiology services to carry out the specified role, or a willingness to add to knowledge in this area
  • 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, and
  • 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.

Time commitment

The PSSB meets three times a year - in January, June and October. Meetings last for up to four hours, plus travel time and time for reading the papers. A further, less specific time commitment arises in keeping up to date with healthcare issues.

The lay member might also be invited to serve on working parties where a lay perspective is needed. Any such appointments will require further time allocated in attendance at meetings, preparation and any follow up work.

Meetings are generally held in London or may take place virtually. In addition, much of the College’s business is conducted by electronic means, largely through email, so time will be needed to review and, where appropriate, respond to emailed correspondence/documents.

The individual may also be asked to take part in the RCR iRefer guidelines review. In relation to the guidance review and development process, it is difficult to quantify the exact amount of time that will be required to contribute to this, but it is anticipated that it will be between 1–4 days in total per annum, depending on the findings of the initial review and the extent of changes identified. Wherever possible, work will be conducted electronically i.e. via emails and/or through video and tele-conferencing in order to reduce the need for physical meetings and the requirement to travel. Access to video and tele-conferencing resources would assist the lay member in undertaking this role, however, individuals who do not have access to such facilities are welcome to attend meetings at the College.

Lay Member Network

Lay people who serve on RCR boards and committees 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 PSSB meets three times a year - in January, June and October. Meetings last for up to four hours, plus travel time and time for reading the papers. A further, less specific time commitment arises in keeping up to date with healthcare issues.

The lay member might also be invited to serve on working parties where a lay perspective is needed. Any such appointments will require further time allocated in attendance at meetings, preparation and any follow up work.
Meetings are generally held in London or may take place virtually. In addition, much of the College’s business is conducted by electronic means, largely through email, so time will be needed to review and, where appropriate, respond to emailed correspondence/documents.

The individual may also be asked to take part in the RCR iRefer guidelines review. In relation to the guidance review and development process, it is difficult to quantify the exact amount of time that will be required to contribute to this, but it is anticipated that it will be between 1–4 days in total per annum, depending on the findings of the initial review and the extent of changes identified. Wherever possible, work will be conducted electronically i.e. via emails and/or through video and tele-conferencing in order to reduce the need for physical meetings and the requirement to travel. Access to video and tele-conferencing resources would assist the lay member in undertaking this role, however, individuals who do not have access to such facilities are welcome to attend meetings at the College.

Expenses

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.

Prior agreement of the College should be obtained if the lay member wishes to attend an external meeting that is of interest to him/her and that the College is willing to meet 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 through the RCR.

Confidentiality

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 laymembers@rcr.ac.uk by 09:00 on Thursday 29 July.