The Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) are looking for members of the public to join the ARC KSS as Theme Public Advisors.

They currently have 5 vacancies relating to the following areas of research:

  • Social Care
  • Public Health
  • Economics of Health and Social Care
  • Using NHS patient data for research (sub-theme of Digital Innovation)

They are looking for:

People who:

  • Are aged 18+ and live in Kent, Surrey, or Sussex.
  • Have experience and a good understanding of the Health or Social Care sector. For example, you may be
    • Someone who has lived experience of a long term physical or mental health condition.
    • someone who is or has recently received Social Care (or cared for somebody who has),
    • you may have worked in the health or social care sector.

The most important consideration is that you have knowledge of Health or Social Care provision and can represent and bring the ‘public’ voice.

This is not an exhaustive list, for full person specification please see attached vacancy link.

Expected commitment:

As an ARC KSS Theme Public Advisor, your role will include:

  1. Being part of their ‘Public Involvement Network’ or PIN – an enjoyable, supportive group of Theme Public Advisors who act as the public’s eyes and ears into how they work.
  2. Being part of one of the research Themes – you will become an active member of the Theme team, be invited to join meetings to discuss research that’s happening and offer a public perspective on decisions around future Theme work.
  3. You may be invited to join other meetings and working groups, which you can agree to or not depending on your interests and availability.

They would like you to join 4 meetings for the PIN Group and approximately 6-8 meetings for the Theme, per year. If you are asked to join in with other groups or meetings and you are interested and have time, then of course you can.

Commitment to inclusion:

We appreciate diverse representation and encourage applications from ethnic minority communities, under 25’s, carers, LGBTQ+, people with a disability.

Closing date to apply:

26th November 2023

Please click on this link to find out more about the role



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