SMC Public Partner Volunteer

Published: July 25, 2023


The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), part of Health Improvement Scotland (HIS), is looking to recruit a volunteer to the role of Public Partner.

Public Partners ensure the voices of the public inform and influence decision-making in the appraisal of new medicines in NHSScotland. Volunteers should have:

  • a sound judgement and ability to weigh up evidence in order to reach an objective and impartial conclusion
  • the ability to express ideas concisely and ask challenging questions
  • the ability to share their views clearly and sensitively from a public perspective

As a full voting member of the SMC Committee, the Public Partner will be required to attend each of the monthly SMC Committee meetings, which take place over an afternoon on the first Tuesday of every month. Significant preparation time is also required for reading SMC meeting papers. The Public Partner will also be expected to attend a small number of other key meetings throughout the year.

To be a Public Partner, volunteers must live in Scotland. While the role of Public Partner is voluntary, expenses will be paid and training will be provided.

As an organisation, SMC and HIS value diversity in their workforce and volunteers, and are committed to advancing equality and promoting diversity. As such, they encourage applications from everyone and will always appoint the best person for the role. They would particularly welcome applications from people under 25 years old, who identify as party of an LGBT+ community, or who are part of a minority ethnic community or background.

For further information on the role, please visit the SMC website (linked for your convenience).

For an informal chat about what is involved in the role, please contact Dan Cairns by phone: 07816 251518, or email:

To apply for this opportunity, or for further information, visit the Volunteer Scotland website.

Alternatively, to request an application pack, contact SMC by email:

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