There are a number of ways you can get involved in the development of our guidance - whether you are someone who uses health and care services, a carer, or a member of the public.
You will get the opportunity to:
- use your experience to help others
- work with a range of experts, including those who use services, carers and the public
- build confidence, knowledge and skills.
You will receive:
- tailored advice and support
- reasonable expenses and an attendance fee
- travel and accommodation if required.
Keep up-to-date on opportunities to take part in our work
We'll let you know when there is a vacancy which matches your interests.
Join a committee or working group
Our committees develop and update our guidance.
Use your experiences to help shape our guidance and standards as a lay member.
Lay members contribute the perspectives of people who use services, carers or specific communities to a committee's work.
Comment on guidance that's being developed
We run public consultations on our draft recommendations, the scope of a topic and whether guidance should be updated.
This is your chance to let us know what you think about a range of issues, including:
- What do you think about the recommendations? Do they meet your needs?
- Do you know about any important evidence that the guideline has not taken into account?
- Does the guideline recommend treatments and care that you or other people might find unacceptable?
Share your experiences as a patient expert
Voluntary and community sector organisations identify people who can help us develop our technology appraisal and highly specialised technologies guidance.
If you are invited to take part you might be asked to share your views in writing and/or come to one of our committee meetings to share your views in person.
The expertise, insights and input of lay members is essential to the developments of all NICE guidance and advice. It helps us to make sure that our work reflects the needs and priorities of those who will be affected by them.
Your experiences of working with NICE
Lay members talk about their experiences on our learning disabilities guideline committees
Sandra's experience of developing the mental health transitions guideline
I was determined that people should have appropriate support and not have to go through what I had.
Sandra Bilsborrow, lay committee member
Thines' experience of developing a guideline
It was great to know my input would ensure the guideline would help people like me.
Thines Ganeshamoorthy, lay committee member
Richard's experience developing the ulcerative colitis (and Crohn’s disease) guideline
We lay members are not expected to have the full technical or scientific knowledge, but we do bring a different and needed perspective to the committee.
Richard Harris, lay committee member