Public involvement

Lay Public Membership of the Clinical Policy Committee

NHS NEW Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG wish to make treatments available that are effective and provide good value for money whilst recognising that these need to be affordable within the resources of the CCGs and their responsibility to secure the healthcare needs of their populations. 

The role of Devon’s Clinical Policy Committee is to make recommendations on the funding of medicines and treatments to the Governing Bodies of the CCGs in Devon ensuring that they are effective, provide good value for money and respond to the needs of the local population.

The Clinical Policy Committee is made up of eight GPs and eleven advisory members including hospital specialists, public health advisors and two lay public members. 

Although their areas of expertise vary, all advisory members of the Clinical Policy Committee have equal status.  A key role for lay public members is to ensure that the broader public perspective informs the recommendations that the Committee make.

What the lay public member role involves

Individuals are appointed for two years, or as agreed, and attend approximately six meetings per year, having read briefing documents related to the decisions to be taken.

Please click the link below to read the role description:    

Role description - lay public member of the Clinical Policy Committee

Although the role is unpaid expenses are reimbursed. Meetings are usually based in Exeter.

Formal qualifications are not required for the role but it is advisable that people have some formal committee experience, as well as the confidence to work with technical and complex data.  

Individuals also sit on the Clinical Policy Engagement and Consultation Panel.  The panel meets six times per year, to determine the need for any further engagement or formal public consultation on clinical policy recommendations made by the Clinical Policy Committee.

Current vacancies

Currently we do not have any vacancies for the Lay Public Member role on the Clinical Policy Committee.  However we welcome expressions of interest in future vacancies and are happy to provide more details about the role.  If you are interested in applying for a future vacancy or would like more information please contact us via  We will be pleased to answer any questions you may have and will contact you when a vacancy arises.     

We look for applicants who can bring an understanding of the necessity to balance the healthcare needs of specific patient groups with the requirement to resource a comprehensive health service.


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