Lay Member vacancies for CPRD Research Data Governance (RDG) process

Are you interested in becoming involved in decisions about using anonymised patient data for health research? Lay input is essential to our work, ensuring that we always see our research activities through the eyes of the patient and the public.

Get involved – We are currently seeking to appoint two Lay Members to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) Research Data Governance (RDG) process. CPRD research data services are delivered by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) with support from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), as part of the Department of Health and Social Care.

CPRD data is used for public health research and disease surveillance by the National Health Service (NHS), medicines regulators, health related charities, academic researchers, and pharmaceutical companies. 

Main Responsibilities

Lay members will provide a lay perspective on research applications seeking access and use of CPRD anonymised patient data for public health research, where needed. Members will also attend Central Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, read meeting papers in advance and contribute independent and objective views in discussion of issues. As a CAC member, lay members may also be asked to chair CAC meetings on a rotating basis with scientific members.

Lay members will not act on behalf of any organisation or any specific group of people. 

Term of office

2 years extended to a second term of a further two years.

Time Commitment

Up to four virtual meetings in a year, plus ad hoc review of research applications seeking access to CPRD data.

How to apply

Please read the CPRD Lay Member recruitment pack for more information, complete the application form and return it by email to the Research Data Governance secretariat at

Application Closing Date29 September 2023

If you have any questions about this role, please contact the Research Data Governance secretariat at