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Professional liaison groups

This section of the website provides information about professional liaison groups. Here, you can read about the function of professional liaison groups, and read information about specific professional liaison groups including meeting minutes and members' information.


A professional liaison group (or ‘PLG’) provides advice to the Council or committees on strategic issues. Either the Council, or a committee can decide to set up a PLG, to look at a specific issue and report back.

PLGs are project-based, and have a defined timescale with specific pieces of work to achieve.

Each PLG will always have:

  • a rationale (a ‘mission statement’);
  • terms of reference;
  • a plan of activities;
  • a timetable; and
  • a budget.

The membership of a PLG can vary depending on its needs. A PLG may need members who can provide expert opinion, members who represent organisations or a combination. When the Council sets up a PLG, it will decide what members it needs, and how it will seek these members.

The membership of a PLG may need to include educational institution representatives, employer representatives, patient/client/user representatives, lay members, or other representatives or experts. The convenor of a PLG will normally be a council member.

Each of the PLGs we set up will have a page on this section of the site, where you can find out about the members, meetings, and work of the group.

In May 2008 the Council agreed a revised operating manual for PLGs and this is available below.



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