NHS Blood and Transplant
Closing date :
Monday 16th October 2023
Job Ref:

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 16th October 2023
Situational Judgement Test
Tuesday 17th October 2023
Situational Judgement Test Completion Deadline
Thursday 26th October 2023
Assessment Centre
Thursday 23rd November 2023


NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) provides a blood and transplantation service to the NHS, looking after blood donation services in England and transplant services across the UK. This includes managing the donation, storage and transplantation of blood and blood components, organs, tissues, bone marrow and stem cells, and researching new treatments and processes.  Transplantation is a milestone in modern medicine and one which changes the lives to thousands of people annually.  Thanks to 2,387 people who donated organs, 4,533 people were given the gift of life in 2022/23.

However there is still lots to do. We estimate there to be around 7,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. The Directorate of Organ Tissue Donation and Transplantation is part of NHSBT and is responsible for managing organ donation and allocation, commissioning organ retrieval and supporting and influencing transplantation across the UK.  The directorate’s advisory groups bring together senior clinicians (surgeons, physicians and nurse coordinators), commissioners and members of the UK Department of Health and members of NHSBT to advise on selection and allocation policies; and to promote organ donation and transplantation, monitor outcomes and ensure good governance.  Lay Members form part of these Advisory Groups which are key to the delivery of our responsibilities.

We are now seeking individuals who are committed to public service and to NHSBT’s purpose to join us as Lay Members. The successful individuals must be able to assimilate complex and sensitive information objectively. They must have the courage to join the debate and speak up to challenge the experts and to put forward the view of the general public. This is an opportunity for those willing to stand up and be counted to offer an independent perspective.  An understanding of how governance works (within the public or private sector) and experience of contributing to committees or advisory groups would be beneficial; but primarily you will be willing to commit your skills, energy, and enthusiasm to strengthening organ donation in the UK.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. Appointments will be made on merit. We believe that for any organisation to be successful, it needs to work with the most talented and diverse people available. We positively encourage applications from people from all sections of the community, from all backgrounds and with a broad range of experience. We undertake to ensure that your application will be dealt with fairly and that all decisions we make in relation to it will be based on merit and your ability to meet the candidate specification.

The time commitment for this role is one to two days per month and expenses will be paid. 

For further information, including how to apply, please visit www.nhsbt-laymembers.com .


For an informal confidential discussion please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson Serena Dobson (07530 627120) or Melanie Shearer (07785 616 548).

We are committed to equality and diversity and actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups in particular those from BAME backgrounds.

Closing date for applications is Monday 16th October 2023.


To view the job description and person specification, please scroll to the bottom of the page, tick to agree to the privacy policy, then click 'Continue to full details'.

How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email contactus@gatenbysanderson.com

Continue to full details and application