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Lay Assessors on CCG authorisation panels

The NHS Commissioning Board Authority is currently working towards the authorisation of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and would like to work with patients and the public to ensure they are ready to take up their new role from April 2013.

CCGs are the new clinically-led and patient-focused organisations who will be responsible for commissioning many of your local health services. Each CCG will be assessed by authorisation panels prior to being authorised to begin their new role.

The Board Authority is now looking for people to become Lay Assessors to take part in the authorisation panel visits to proposed CCGs, alongside other panellists from the NHS and Local Authorities.  The panels will assess each CCG’s capability to deliver  their new commissioning role.

No formal qualifications are required, just a commitment to support the development of the new health system, an objective approach, a genuine interest in participation and an ability to constructively challenge the views and assumptions of senior/board level professionals.

Lay Assessors are not expected to be experts in any specific field but are expected to bring their own experience and an independent  view to the assessment .

The role will require a commitment of  approximately three to five days, plus training and development  support to enable the assessors to carry out the role successfully. The Board Authority will also work with the Lay Assessors to learn from their experience  and improve how it works collaboratively with patients and the public in the future.

This will be a rolling programme over the next few months and so recruitment will begin on Monday 9 July and continue to Tuesday 31 July.  If you are interested  please complete and return the attached  form to  or or post any queries below.

LA-role-description-and-form(this document is no longer available here but can be found on the National Archives website)

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