Person Specification 

If you are interested in applying to work with us as a Lay Representative then please see the persons specification below. Here are listed the criteria we expect applicants have to ensure eligibility: 


Essential Attributes 

Desirable Attributes 


Have a degree level qualification or equivalent experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Health or Social Care services
  • Education
  • Quality assurance
  • Corporate governance
  • Equal opportunities
  • Patient advocacy
  • Consumer affairs
  • Recruitment and selection

Personal skills and attributes

  • Have the ability to understand patient, carer and trainee concerns
  • Put views across clearly, constructively and sensitively
  • Be able to look at a situation from a variety of viewpoints and be objective
  • Be a good communicator and put forward opinions succinctly; orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate team working skills and take an active part in meetings
  • Demonstrate tact, discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Be able to interpret (sometimes complex) information and make reasoned judgements
  • Good negotiating and problem solving skills with the ability to influence opinions
  • Able to travel to the sites involved in the delivery of PPME training programmes
  • Able to engage with individuals at all levels, and build effective working relationships
  • Able to take legible notes and to complete relevant documentation
  • Understanding of equality and diversity legislation and equal opportunities issues and a commitment to applying these principles to all aspects of the role
  • Motivation to help improve the quality of postgraduate medical education and training

Have experience in at least one of the following

  • A leadership role
  • Board or senior executive level role in a large complex private, public or voluntary sector organisation
  • Risk, governance or quality management
  • The voluntary sector
  • Community services
  • Best practice assessment and appraisal procedures
  • A similar role such as Non-Executive Board member, school governor, patient / service user advocate

Have knowledge of at least one of the following:

  • Local and national health service strategy, policy development and implementation
  • Local health commissioning
  • Commissioning and budget management
  • Public health
  • Postgraduate Medical Education and Training structures and governance arrangements



How do I become a Lay Representative?

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Representative, please submit a CV and Cover Letter highlighting your interest in and suitability for the role to the relevant email address:

Peninsula Region -

Severn Region -