Becoming a Lay Reviewer for the Research Design Service South East (RDS SE)


What does the RDS SE do?

We are one of ten regions funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to provide research advice and support for researchers applying for funding in health and social care. We have three RDS SE sites at the University of Kent, the University of Surrey, and the University of Brighton. We are looking for five patients/ members of the public to work with our dedicated RDS SE Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team.


How does RDS SE involve people?

There are a few ways to become involved with the RDS SE PPI Team:

         Reviewing applications from researchers that the RDS SE are supporting

         Developing and giving presentations in collaboration with the PPI team

         Giving your thoughts and feedback into our PPI policies and processes


Why is it important to have the patient / public voice in research?

Patient and Public Involvement is where patients and/ or members of the public have their say to help shape research by using their knowledge and experience of their own health conditions, illness, and/or use of health care services. In this way they can improve the quality of the research and make it more relevant. Furthermore, we believe that patients and the public should be involved in research that will impact upon them.


Who are we looking for?

We are looking for individuals who

         Have the willingness to work as part of a team, to agreed timescales

         Can maintain confidentiality

         Listen to others and express their own honest views

         Are willing to undergo training as and where required

         Can attend meetings, either face to face or virtually

Training and support will be given, so it is not essential to have a lot of knowledge about a range of health/social care issues; the role is to give your views based on your experiences.


Will I be paid?

You will receive payment at set rates for the work that you do and travel expenses are also provided Our lay reviewers are not employed by the RDS SE, its host universities, or the NIHR; you are personally responsible for any income tax, or national insurance contribution liability.


How can I find out more?

Please visit our website contact your local PPI team member if you are interested and/or would like to find out more. The deadline for expressions of interest is Tues 17th Nov 2020.


Kent: Julie Hedayioglu

Surrey: Kay Stephenson

Sussex: Gary Hickey