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Help to shape future research

Do you have experience of hearing loss or a related condition? You could help to decide how patient data is used for hearing health research by joining a Steering Committee

Are you interested in hearing health research and how patient data is used?

We're looking for two people to join the HIC Steering Committee alongside clinicians and researchers in London, Manchester and Nottingham.

What does the role involve?

In this role you’ll be part of Steering Committee discussions and share your personal perspectives. These will be guided by your experience of hearing loss or related condition. You could also draw upon broader experiences, for example, as a patient, a research participant, a public contributor to research or life in general. No formal qualifications are required.

To be effective in this role you’ll:

  • Have an interest in the use of patient data in research
  • Feel confident working with others
  • Be confident sharing your views during meetings
  • Be inquisitive, willing to question practices and challenge ‘groupthink’
  • Be open-minded and willing to consider other views
  • Need to prepare for meetings in advance, for example, by reading information provided
  • Commit to maintaining confidentiality
  • Be happy using online meeting platforms and communicating by email.

Time commitment and payment

Steering Committee meetings will take place monthly on Zoom for an hour. Initially meetings will be once a month and then are likely to take place four times a year.

You’ll be paid £50 per meeting, which also includes an hour to prepare by reading documents in advance.

Accessibility and support

  • You’ll have a named contact for ongoing support and to share feedback and raise questions or concerns
  • You’ll receive a Welcome Pack and will be introduced to everyone before the first Steering Committee meeting
  • All online meetings will be captioned
  • We can cover printing and extra broadband costs you might incur
  • Documents can be provided in different formats (for example, large fonts).

We’re committed to making our opportunities as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please get in touch if there’s anything we can do to make it easier for you to take part (for example, provision of BSL interpretation and other).

How to apply

If you’d like apply for the role please send an email to emily.howlett@mft.nhs.uk with:

  • Brief summary about yourself
  • Why you’re interested in the role
  • What you’ll bring to the project
  • Any prior experience you feel is relevant.

The closing date for applications is June 20th, we’ll then contact people who are shortlisted after June 27th.

If you’re interested in this role and would like to find out more please get in touch with Emily using the Contact us button below.