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Applications open: Maternity Adviser, Expert Panel

4 December 2020

The Health and Social Care Committee's Expert Panel is looking for experts in maternity services to contribute to its work.

The Expert Panel

The Committee has established and commissioned an indepedent, politically impartial panel of experts to evaluate the Government’s commitments across a range of healthcare policy areas.

Chaired by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, the Panel will undertake research and analysis in order to judge the Government's progress against key objectives and commitments, including reviewing written evidence and published data.

The Panel’s first evaluation will be the Government’s commitments to maternity services in England. We are looking for additional members to join the Panel for a time-limited period (up to six months) to provide specific expertise and experience in maternity services.

For further information about the Expert Panel and the process of independent evaluation of Government commitments, read our Special Report, Process for independent evaluation of progress on Government commitments.

About the role

The Maternity Adviser(s) will provide expert advice to core Panel members on the specific area of maternity services, helping to frame, steer and sense-check their work in this area. 

The work on the maternity services evaluation is likely to take place between January and June 2021. It is expected that the time commitments for this role will be approximately one day per month, although it may be unevenly distributed during this period. 

Maternity services Panel members will be formally appointed by the Health and Social Care Committee as Specialist Advisers to the Committee, on the recommendation of the Core Panel.

Requirements of the role

Candidates will need to demonstrate significant professional experience in the area of maternity services in England, together with credibility and authority within that sector.

They should also demonstrate experience of advising and influencing at a senior level in a politically impartial manner, including speaking truth to power and dealing with challenge.

How to apply

To express your interest, please email with:

  • A CV of no more than three pages
  • A covering note of no more than 250 words, outlining your related experience and why you would like to join the Expert Panel
  • A declaration of your interests

Deadline for applications is Friday 18th December.

If you would like to discuss this role please email Previn Desai (Second Clerk of the Health and Social Care Committee) at

Further information

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