Honorary Medical Advisory Panel Lay Members

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Closing date: 3 Feb 2019

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Expenses will be paid in line with policy



Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

Maximum of 5 Years

Business area

Other - Drivers Medical

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working


Up to 4 Days Per Year

Number of posts




About the job

Job description

Are you passionate about driving and road safety? Do you have an interest in medical conditions and their impact on safe driving? Maybe youíve got experience as a carer or doing voluntary work? If you do, then weíd love to hear from you!

We are looking for lay panel members to join the Secretary of State for Transportís Honorary Medical Advisory Panels.

Watch Hugh Evans talk about an opportunity to join the Secretary of State for Transportís Honorary Medical Advisory Panels as a Lay Member

The DVLA plays a vital role in making Britainís roads safe. To ensure that every motorist meets the required medical standards for driving, we actively work with the Medical Panels to set the 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. As a lay member, you would not be expected to represent the views of any organisation. You would however demonstrate excellent communication skills and the capacity to understand the issues involved with medical conditions and driving.

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 Panelís aims, objectives and values and to contribute effectively to discussions. You may also be required to attend an induction in Swansea. All your travel and subsistence will be paid in line with DfT policy.

We are looking to appoint lay panel members in the following Medical Panels:

Disorders of the Cardiovascular System
Diabetes Mellitus
Psychiatric Disorders
Visual Disorders
Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse

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 Panelís 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 to 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.

Closing date Ė Sunday 3rd February 2019



Please note, Civil Service Pension is not available for these posts.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

For further information of how to apply please see the Lay Member Application Form and Guidance. Additional Information Pack and the Terms and Conditions for the role.

You can submit your completed application form to

MedicalPanelApplications@dvla.gsi.gov.uk by midnight on Sunday 3rd Feburary 2019.

Please note, Civil Service Pension is not available for these posts.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

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Sift/interview dates and location

The application short listing will take place between the 4th February and the 8th February.
Telephone interviews will take place between Monday the 4th of March and Friday the 8th March.
Successful candidates will be advised of the date they will join their Panel when appointments are approved by the Minister.

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