Get involved

As a learned Society, we are governed by our Council and rely on our Committees and Working Parties (all of whom are committed volunteers) to guide and work closely with our team of experienced staff.   

Membership of HIS Council and Committees changes regularly, and expressions of interest are always welcome.


Guideline working party vacancies

Lay representation for clinical guideline development

Are you a patient or carer who has lived experience of a healthcare-acquired infection?

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) pose a serious risk to patients, staff and visitors in healthcare settings.These infections can incur major costs for the NHS and cause significant morbidity to those infected. Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a key priority for our members and the NHS.

The Society (HIS) is a charity (no.1158172) whose objectives are to advance knowledge of, foster scientific interest in and disseminate information about the prevention and control of hospital and other healthcare- associated infections (HCAIs), to medical and allied professionals for public benefit.

HIS uses the NICE definition of ‘lay member’ to refer to a member of a committee who has personal experience of using health or care services, or is from a community affected by the topic area. A lay member can also be someone with experience as an unpaid carer, an advocate, or a member or officer of a voluntary organisation.

Lay members offer a different point of view from people who provide or commission services.

We are looking for patients and carers who have experience of HCAIs, to join a HIS working party as a lay member. 

The appointment will be for up to 18 months and meetings will take place online. 

Please email for further information.


Lay member role description

Expenses claim policy for lay members

Lay member invoice