The Scientific Committee is responsible for providing peer review, and approving applications from investigators, advising on the design and conduct of studies, and guiding and monitoring the operation of the reporting system.
The role of the Chair is to ensure that the committee meets with sufficient frequency and provides high quality scientific review of projects; that the membership of the committee is balanced and can provide methodological and clinical appraisal of proposals; and that vacancies are advertised and the committee selection process managed properly.
Five or six meetings are held each year. The Chair will organise the agenda, undertake the reading of the papers before, chair the meeting and follow through agreed actions after. Between eight and 10 hours work is associated with each meeting, including attending the committee.
The Chair is appointed for three years, renewable for a further two.
Dr Shamez Ladhani, current Chair of the BPSU Scientific Committee writes:
Chairing the BPSU Scientific Committee has been an enjoyable and stimulating experience, providing me with excellent CPD on a very wide range of clinical paediatric topics, and improving my understanding of research design, management and governance which I have found useful in other areas.
The committee is fun and interesting, and the Chair is well supported by the Scientific Co-ordinator and the medical advisors. Promoting the work of the BPSU nationally and internationally has also been enjoyable, and introduced me to researchers from a wide range of backgrounds.
The application window has now opened.
The closing date is Monday, 1 March, 09:30. Online interviews are planned for the week commencing 15 March.