Lay member opportunity - Dermatology

Lay member involvement : Dermatology 

Name of involvement organiser(s) Kim Rickard

Workstream / Activity

This relates to the Dermatology project and the recent patient and public engagement events that we have recently held across Crawley, Haywards Heath, Oxted and Uckfield.

The project team are seeking members of the public who are interested in shaping the development of the service specification that will describe the new service.

There is also the opportunity to support the procurement of the new service and this will involve receiving  confidential procurement documentation, evaluating and scoring the bids, involvement in a moderation meeting and attendance at a scenario testing day where bidders are given scenarios to work through and present to the interview panel.

Involvement will be a combination of:

  • Receiving and commenting on documents
  • Attendance and contribution at meetings. There will be an opportunity to join the meeting by phone and we will rotate venues.

Lay members can consider involvement in the service specification only. Anyone who is interested in being involved in the procurement will need to be involved from the beginning to ensure they have sufficient knowledge and understanding of our plans to be able to evaluate bids (see time commitment below).

Role of lay members

Lay members will bring their experience of local dermatology and health services to the project team and the clinical leads. This could be through direct experience of services or through caring for someone with a long term skin condition or skin cancer. Ideally we are aiming for a representative from each of the CCG areas.

Background/ skills/ knowledge required

The person should have experience of reading detailed documents and ideally of working in a group comprising clinicians, managers and lay members. However, it is experience of dermatology services or of living or caring for someone with a dermatology condition that is the key requirement.

The person should be registered with a GP practice in the following CCGs:

  • Crawley CCG
  • East Surrey CCG
  • High Weald Lewes havens CCG
  • Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG

Membership/format of group

Lay members will support the project team and the clinical leads who are leading on dermatology.

The team will work with a wide range of stakeholders including local clinicians, GPs, hospital managers, patient support organisations and charities.

Time commitment

The dermatology project is an active project with procurement due to start in September 2018 and the new service going live in July 2019. There will be an ongoing time commitment for the procurement stretching from present day into the New Year (2019). The meetings are likely to be monthly for 2 hours and the document review will be fortnightly for 2 hours. 

For lay members who would prefer to be involved in the development of the patient pathways and service specification, this will be more time limited with 2-4 meetings of approximately 2 hours each from June through to September.


Venues will be rotated, across the CCG areas. The project team will try to accommodate individual’s preferences or needs to facilitate attendance at meetings.

Training /induction

As good practice, a short induction/briefing will be offeredby the project team. 

Reward and reimbursement

Participants will be offered an attendance fee of £25 per half day together with reimbursement of ‘out of pocket’ expenses. All reasonable expenses incurred will be reimbursed with receipts. Participants who need to arrange for carers/support workers or childcare are asked to discuss arrangements in advance with the organiser of activity.

Contact if interested: Please register your interest through HSCCG.ContactUs-PlannedCare@nhs.netby the 20th June. If you have any queries and would like to discuss the role then please ring Kim Rickard on 01293 600300 x 3804 (please note Kim works Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)