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:

Join our expert panel for public involvement

Our virtual expert panel brings together people who want to use their experience to influence our work.

Panel members make a difference to the people most directly affected by our recommendations.

Find out more about the expert panel for public involvement

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. 

Find out more about the role of our lay members

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? 

See all guidance in consultation 

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.

Find out more about patient experts

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.

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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

Read about Sandra's experiences

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

Thines tells us why committees benefit from diverse representation

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 

Richard talks about his experience on the committee