PUBLIC representatives are being sought to join a pharmacy committee in the Forth Valley and make sure the views of residents are heard.

The representatives are being sought by NHS Forth Valley's Pharmacy Practice Committee (PPC) in what is an unpaid role.

Lay members on the committee will contribute to discussions on applications to open new pharmacies across the area and ensure the decision making process is open, transparent and follows relevant national guidance.

No previous experience is required and applications are encouraged from anyone with a passion for improving the quality of services while representing the views and interests of people in the area.

However, the health board is particularly keen to hear from people with knowledge and experience of using primary care services and those who have some previous experience of contributing to committees or governance activities.

Training and support will be provided; good listening and questioning skills and the ability to be objective when faced with a range of different priorities and views is also vital.

Lay members cannot be, have been or have worked for, a doctor, dentists, optician or pharmacist.

The committee meets regularly to ensure applications are heard in a timely manner with the board looking to recruit a network of public representatives to ensure the commitment is no more than quarterly.

Members are appointed for a three-year term and there is an option to extend for a second period.

While the role is unpaid, lay members can claim for any reasonable travel or incidental expenses.

Visit or contact pharmacy contracts officer Carol Droubay via or call 01786 457231 for more details and to apply.