Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy

Become a patient advocate for the Academy

We want to ensure that your needs are at the heart of all the research we do. So we're looking to appoint two new patient advocate members for each of our three Academy Working Groups: Causes, Technology and Effectiveness.

You have the knowledge and experience to provide a unique and valuable perspective, which can help shape the development of the Academy’s research.

By becoming a patient advocate member of an Academy Working Group, you can champion the work of the Academy, by:

  • representing what patients and carers need from future research (including priorities and concerns)
  • influencing how new areas of osteoporosis care are designed and delivered
  • advocating for people living with osteoporosis, so that new research also focuses on helping people live well with the condition
  • ensuring proposed research studies are easy for people with osteoporosis to successfully take part in

These perspectives are not often addressed by researchers and clinicians, who naturally focus more on the scientific evidence, research methods, and value for money.

What does the role of a patient advocate involve?

As a patient advocate member of an Academy Working Group, you will:

  • attend Academy Working Group meetings (including teleconferences), usually three per year, in London or near Bath (at the charity’s offices)
  • review research reports
  • work together with the other patient advocates, to discuss and collate the views of people with osteoporosis and their carers
  • (potentially) attend other meetings or events to report on the work of the Academy

The position of patient advocate is offered on a voluntary unpaid basis. Any travelling expenses incurred to attend meetings will be reimbursed in line with the charity’s Travel and Subsistence Policy.

For further details on the role of a patient advocate please download and read the following documents.

How to apply

To apply to be a patient advocate on an Academy Working Group, please download and complete the application form. Only applications made using the application form will be considered.

Please submit your application to Dr Caroline Sangan, Research Manager:

Key dates

Application deadline: Tuesday 30 April 2019 at 17:00

Shortlisting: By Thursday 16 May 2019

Telephone interviews: Tuesday 28 May and Thursday 30 May 2019