Interested in research in the fight against Covid-19?

Vacancies on the Research Ethics Committees (HSC RECs) at the Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI) at BSO

Do you want to make a difference? Is the protection of the rights, safety and dignity of patients who are research subjects important to you? Are you interested in research which benefits patients and service users? If so, then we would welcome your involvement and support in the ORECNI service at BSO.  Research Ethics review has never been more important especially in the fight against COVID-19 as we must ensure that all research is both ethical and beneficial for the public.

The Business Services Organisation is seeking new committee members for the Health and Social Care Research Ethics Committees (HSC REC) in Northern Ireland. An HSC REC consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair and up to 16 committee members. At least one third of the membership must be lay, the remainder being experts with a clinical, social care or research background. A diverse range of research studies are reviewed by committee including commercial and non-commercial clinical trials as well other research involving patients/service users, and use of their tissue and data.

To discuss the role of a research ethics committee member please telephone Tamla Ervine or Fiona McNally on Tel: 028 9536 1400.

Should you wish to apply to be a member of the HSC Research Ethics Committees, full information and an application form are available at The deadline for applications is 4 pm on Thursday 28 January 2021. Interviews are scheduled for 22 and 23 February 2021.

Although these appointments do not come within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, they are being made using a process which takes into account the Commissioner’s Code of Practice.

BSO is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


12th January 2021

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