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Honorary Medical Advisory Panel Lay Members

Honorary Medical Advisory Panel Lay Members

Job description

Are you passionate about driving and road safety? Do you have an interest in medical conditions, maybe you've got experience as a carer or doing voluntary work? If you do, then we'd love to hear from you!

DVLA is looking for lay panel members to join the Secretary of State for Transport's Honorary Medical Advisory Panels. As a lay member, you would not be expected to represent the views of any organisation. You would however demonstrate the capacity to understand the issues involved.
The DVLA plays a vital role in making Britain's roads safe. To ensure that every motorist meets the required medical standards for driving, we actively work with the Panels to set the medical standards and shape policy and guidelines for over 48 million driving licence holders.

The Panels help maintain and improve road safety by providing the Secretary of State for Transport, the Department for Transport and the DVLA, with expert advice about various medical conditions and their impact on driving.

We are looking to appoint lay panel members in the following medical panels:

  • Disorders of the Cardiovascular System
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Disorders of the Nervous System
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Visual Disorders

Panel meetings take place in London two days a year. As a Panel member we would like you to commit to a minimum of four days (two days for panel meetings and two days for meeting preparation). If successful, we would expect you to be fully committed to the Panel's aims, objectives and values and to contribute effectively to discussions. You may also be required to attend an induction in Swansea.

About You

As a skilled and confident communicator you will have the ability to ask relevant questions and constructively challenge the assumptions and views of expert panel members. You will ask for explanations and clarification of any medical terms and concepts that are not clear from the point of a lay person, whilst offering your own knowledge and experiences of the relevant medical condition. You will be able to demonstrate the ability to listen and contribute to the Panel's work whilst remaining objective and focused on road safety in general rather than the likely effect on any one individual. You will be able to carry out the role of a lay member in a sensitive and confidential manner.

Lay members will be expected to abide by the 'Seven Principles of Public Life', sometimes referred to as the Nolan Principles.

We would expect you not have any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies, which might give rise to a conflict of interest.

To apply for the role, please visit the following web page:

Closing date - Friday 21 September 2018