Job: National Research Ethics Advisor

National Research Ethics Advisors (NREAs)

The Health Research Authority (HRA) protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health research. The HRA includes the National Research Ethics Service (NRES), which reviews research proposals to protect the rights and safety of research participants and facilitates ethical research of benefit to science and society.

The National Research Ethics Advisors’ Panel (NREAP) is an advisory panel established in 2009 by the National Research Ethics Service to help with the strategy, quality assurance and service development of NHS Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and improve the research environment in the UK. The main objective of the panel is to help RECs deliver robust, consistent and fair decisions through the facilitation of the use of existing guidance by RECs. The panel also develops its own guidance, where necessary, through consultation with REC members and other stakeholders.

Following a recent review of the membership and remit of the NREAP, NRES, on behalf of the HRA and devolved administrations, is seeking to appoint a number of new National Research Ethics Advisors.

Applications are invited from individuals with considerable expertise and stature in one or more of the following areas:

  • UK Health Law
  • Past or Present Chair of an NHS Research Ethics Committee
  • Academic Clinical Research
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Understanding of the Issues Facing Patients and/or Research Participants in the NHS
  • Academic Expertise in the Ethics of Research

Location and Time commitment

The panel meets 4 times a year in London or occasionally elsewhere in the UK as appropriate. Panel meetings last for around 3 hours but members will also be expected to contribute to the work of the panel in-between meetings at workshops and events across the UK. It is expected that this should amount to no more than one day a month.


Although these appointments are unpaid, panel members will have their meeting expenses reimbursed and an optional daily rate paid for attendance at other events in accordance with the current version of the “Reimbursement of HRA Committee Members Expenses” policy.

Appointment and Tenure of Office

NREAs will be appointed up to a maximum period of five years initially.

How to apply

If you think you have the necessary qualities for the role of National Research Ethics Advisor and wish to apply please click the following links to download the information pack and application form:

Information Pack

Application form

For an informal discussion of the role or to receive paper copies of the application documents please call Clive Collett (NREAP Manager) on 020 797 22579 during office hours.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 20 August 2012


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