Mar 202019
 

Chair - Department of Health & Social Care (Independent Reconfiguration Panel)

Body: Independent Reconfiguration Panel
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sectors: Health
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £36,780 per annum
Time Requirements: Up to two days per week, including 6 meetings per year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched: 27/02/2019
  • Closed for Applications: 25/03/2019 at 12:00
  • Panel Sift: 03/04/2019
  • Final Interview Date: 18/04/2019
  • Announcement: TBC

Assessment Panel

  • Lee McDonough - Panel Chair - Director General, Acute Care and Workforce • Departmental Official
  • William Vineall - Director, Acute Care & Quality Policy • Departmental Official
  • Richard Douglas - Deputy Chair of NHS Improvement • Independent Member

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint a Chair to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) provides independent expert advice to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on disputed proposals for changes to services in the NHS in England.

The IRP also offers ongoing support and guidance to the NHS and other organisations on achieving successful change. The membership of the IRP is drawn from three groups (spilt equally): Clinical, NHS Managerial and Lay. As Chair of the Panel, you will lead the Members to deliver sound thoughtful advice within the terms of reference of the IRP.

You will:

  • Enable the Panel to assess contested proposals for changes to health services in England and provide appropriate formal advice to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Assist in providing ongoing informal advice and support to the NHS, local authorities and other interested parties
  • Develop and help to disseminate advice on good practice
  • Work within the terms laid out in the IRP Code of Practice.

Applicants will have the ability to demonstrate leading edge strategic thinking on service configuration, with an understanding of the difficult trade-offs involved and have an understanding of the role of the IRP and the complex environment in which reconfigurations occur.

You must demonstrate experience of and commitment to, evidence-based analysis and evaluation and be an excellent communicator, with sound judgement and who can lead the Panel to agreement on difficult and sensitive issues.

For further information, please refer to the candidate information pack.

Person Specification

As Chair of the Panel, you will lead the Members to deliver sound thoughtful advice within the terms of reference of the IRP.

You will:

  • Enable the Panel to assess contested proposals for changes to health services in England and provide appropriate formal advice to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Assist in providing ongoing informal advice and support to the NHS, local authorities and other interested parties
  • Develop and help to disseminate advice on good practice
  • Work within the terms laid out in the IRP Code of Practice.

Qualities required for the role of the IRP Chair

To be considered, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

Essential Criteria

You should:

  • Demonstrate leading edge strategic thinking on service configuration, with an understanding of the difficult trade-offs involved
  • Have an understanding of the role of the IRP and the complex environment in which reconfigurations occur
  • Have experience of, and commitment to, evidence-based analysis and evaluation and
  • Be an excellent communicator, with sound judgement and who can lead the Panel to agreement on difficult and sensitive issues.

Additional Information

The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) is the independent expert on changes to clinical services in the NHS. It provides advice to the Secretary of State for Health on disputed proposals for changes to the NHS in England. It also offers ongoing support and guidance to the NHS and other organisations on achieving successful change. The aim is to ensure that decisions about future service configurations are sustainable and result in improved services for patients. The Panel advises on some of the most sensitive issues that directly affect the care people receive from the NHS.

Established in 2003, the IRP is an advisory non-departmental public body (NDPB). The Panel consists of a Chair and fifteen Members providing an equal balance of clinical, managerial and patient and citizen representation and supported by a chief executive and panel secretary. The chair and membership are all public appointments. Terms of reference are set by the Secretary of State. The Panel offers advice only and its remit covers proposals for reconfiguration and service change in England only.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1424 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email you may send your application by post to:

Daniel Clemence Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria set out in the person specification. It will benefit the Advisory Assessment Panel if you can be clear which particular evidence you provide relates to which criteria. Providing separate paragraphs in relation to each criterion is common practice. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the role to which you are applying and the corresponding reference number for the post are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages, and type or write clearly in black ink.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of IRP and which could lead to a real or perceived conflict of interest if you were to be appointed, please provide details in your Supporting letter.

If appointed, you will also be required to declare these interests on appointment and they will be entered into a register which is available to the public.

Standards in public life and ensuring public confidence

Given the nature of public appointments, it is important that those appointed as members of public bodies maintain the confidence of the public and Government. If there are any issues in your personal or professional history (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers, IRP or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Assessment Panel and provide details of the issue/s in your Supporting letter. In considering whether you wish to declare any issues, you should also reflect on any public statements you have made, including through social media.

The panel may explore any issues you declare with you before they make a recommendation on the appointment.

Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment being terminated, as those who hold public appointments are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of corporate and personal conduct, and are required to subscribe to the Code of Conduct for Board Members of Public Bodies, as part of agreeing to the terms and conditions of appointment. You can access this document at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/board-members-of-public-bodies-code-of-conduct

There are also circumstances in which individuals may not be considered for appointment, due to them not meeting certain eligibility criteria for appointment. For further information, please refer to Section 2.3: Disqualification from Appointment in the candidate information pack.

CV

Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile) and personal email address
  • Similar contact details for two referees who will support your application. One referee should be the person to whom you are/were accountable in your current/most recent appointment or position of employment. Please indicate the relationship of each referee to you. References will be requested for short-listed candidates prior to interview
  • Brief details of your current or most recent post and the dates you occupied this role. Please identify any past or present Ministerial appointments.

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