The Reader Panel consists of approximately 35 volunteers with no medical knowledge who review adult patient information leaflets from a patient's perspective. The members provide feedback to ensure that the information:
- can be understood by people from a variety of backgrounds
- explains any medical jargon clearly
- is suitably pitched
- has an appropriate tone.
There are approximately 10 new leaflets per month and each one is emailed to a random selection of four panel members to review at home. Members email their comments to the Trust Documents Team within seven days. The time commitment is approximately 2 to 3 hours a month.
Although Reader Panel members undertake their reviews independently at home we do aim to get all the Panel together at least once a year to meet each other and exchange ideas.
We would love to hear from anyone, regardless of experience or educational level, who would be interested in being a part of this service. We are keen to have a range of members from varying backgrounds to gather different viewpoints.