JLA Advisers are independent facilitators who have been recruited and trained by the JLA.
The JLA Adviser’s role is to support and guide the PSP, as a neutral facilitator, ensuring that the process is followed in a fair, transparent way, with equal input from patients, carers and clinicians and their representatives.
For some PSPs, the first time they need the help of an Adviser will be when they are setting up the first Steering Group meeting. Other PSPs may choose to run an initial awareness meeting, to raise the profile of the exercise amongst key stakeholders before establishing a Steering Group, and will involve the JLA Adviser at this stage. The PSP Steering Group will be chaired independently by a JLA Adviser throughout the 12-18 month life of the PSP.
Practical involvement in the process (including chairing and facilitating meetings) usually reduces once the top 10 priorities have been agreed, although the Adviser may remain on hand to offer advice where needed. The PSP and JLA Adviser may wish to agree in advance at which point the Adviser’s involvement is likely to end.