NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) are openly reaching out for people to become patient members of a special committee that will help develop the quality standard on irritable bowel syndrome.

The Public Involvement Programme and the Health and Social Care Quality Programme are looking for applications from patients to join the committee that will develop a quality standard on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The person appointed as a ‘specialist lay member’ will play a key role in making sure that the views of patients and their carers, along with their experiences and interests, inform the development of the quality standard.

The roles of a ‘specialist lay member’ with include:

  • Bringing topic knowledge from a patient, service user or community perspective
  • Commenting on the ‘topic overview’ in order to help identify priority areas where the care or service is either poor or variable
  • Prioritising areas for the development of a quality standard using information from a range of sources collated by NICE
  • Helping to identify topic expert advisers
  • Helping to identify stakeholder organisations
  • Helping to refine the draft quality standard

We feel this is a very positive and important step forward towards much needed improvements in patient care pathways.

To read more or to download an application form please visit NICE official website:

IBS Quality Standard Advisory Committee