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Though public contributors are generally not employed by the University, it is highly recommended to create a role description for public contributors. A role description helps to manage expectations upfront and gives you the opportunity to specify any requirements your contributors would need for your study, such as lived experience of a specific condition or profile. The role description can also be used by the public to keep researchers aware of their involvement plans.

Find below a list of elements you would like to include in a role description. This is not an exclusive list and it depends on your study and involvement plan what should be included in the role description.

-          Lay summary of your study

-          What activities you would like your contributor to be involved in (e.g. panel member, reviewing patient information sheets, dissemination strategy) and what format these activities will be in (e.g. face-to-face, email, phone calls)

-          (Time) commitment and expectations you would have from a public contributor

-          Support available for the public contributor (a named point of contact, training available)

-          Person specification (e.g. specific profile, lived experience or previous involvement experiences required)

-          Remuneration and reimbursement

The NIHR created a template role description and published several examples to support researchers.