Lay Committee

Lay Committee Collage

We are volunteers who support, advise and influence the RCoA to continually improve patients' experience of anaesthesia and perioperative care

The Lay Committee

Established in 1998 as the Patient Liaison Group, the committee provides an independent, non-clinical view across the majority of College activities and aims to advise and support the College in its work to improve patient care. Latterly, the group's title was revised to ‘Lay Committee’, to clarify that its members are not recruited based on experience of having been patients; rather, they offer comments and advice on the work of the College from a non-medical viewpoint.

All lay members of the Committee are unpaid volunteers and are recruited through advertisement and undergo the College’s robust application and interview process. The clinical members of the Committee are usually members of Council, including a vice president, and a representative from the Anaesthetists in Training Committee. There are three meetings a year plus a strategy meeting. The Chairman, a lay member, is co-opted to College Council, which gives a good overview of College activities and ensures our involvement in all areas of work.

Lay members: