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Applications open: Expert Panel to recruit two additional members

26 July 2022

The Health and Social Care Committee is seeking to fill two vacant seats on its Expert Panel. The panel, chaired by Professor Dame Jane Dacre, will provide the Committee with an independent evaluation of Government progress in key areas of health and social care policy.

The work of the Expert Panel

Working with relevant subject experts, the panel undertakes research and analysis, including but not limited to reviewing written evidence and published data, in order to judge the Government's progress against its own key objectives and commitments.

The panel's reports support the Committee's work in scrutinising the Government. To date, the Expert Panel has undertaken four evaluations:

For further information about the Expert Panel and the process of independent evaluation of Government commitments, you can read the Committee's recently published Special Report, Process for independent evaluation of progress on Government commitments.

About the roles

The Committee is seeking to appoint two additional core panel members, for up to a year in the first instance. Panel members will work alongside the Chair, Professor Dame Jane Dacre, and the three current core members of the panel:

  • Sir Robert Francis QC;
  • Anita Charlesworth; and
  • Professor Stephen Peckham.

The core members of the panel are joined by 4-6 specialist members during each evaluation, appointed for their specific subject expertise.

The duties of the members of the panel will include working collaboratively to:

  • Identify appropriate methodological approaches to analyse Government policy achievements, including 
    • reviewing written evidence submitted to the panel, including evidence provided by Government, and
    • conducting interviews with key stakeholders in a given policy area;
  • Suggest appropriate additional panel members to be appointed by the Committee;
  • Provide written and oral briefing to the Committee on the outcomes of panel investigations.

The work is likely to be unevenly distributed over time, but panel members would be expected to spend up to two days a week on work for the panel during the process of an evaluation, which is likely to take four months. The next evaluation is expected to begin in September.

Panel members will be formally appointed by the Health and Social Care Committee as specialist advisers to the Committee. Expenses will be payable.

The Committee is looking to recruit two panellists with different expertise:

  • one panellist to provide expert policy advice across a range of health and social care policy commitments with specific expertise in data and statistics;
  • one panellist to represent the views and needs of patients and care users.

Requirements of the roles

Candidates for the policy role will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Significant professional experience of the health and social care policy landscape in England
  • Credibility and authority within the health and social care sectors
  • Ability to provide objective, evidence-based evaluation from appropriately chosen methodologies
  • Experience of advising and influencing at a senior level in a politically impartial manner, including speaking truth to power and dealing with challenge
  • Experience of analysing and interpreting data and statistics in the health and social care sector
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Candidates for the patient/care user representative role will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A broad understanding, gained through personal or professional experience, of issues commonly affecting patients and care users
  • Experience advocating for those with a range of needs within the NHS and social care
  • Ability to provide objective, evidence-based evaluation from appropriately chosen methodologies
  • Experience of advising in a politically impartial manner, including speaking truth to power and dealing with challenge
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

All panel members will need to be individuals of good standing, who are guided by the Seven Principles of Public Life ("the Nolan Principles").

How to apply

Individuals who wish to be considered for appointment should send a brief CV—no more than three pages—, a covering letter of no more than 500 words and a declaration of relevant interests to hsccom@parliament.uk by 5pm on Thursday 18 August.

The covering letter, which should be addressed to the Chair of the Committee, should set out the candidate's relevant expertise, give an indication of the amount of time they could realistically devote to panel work, and confirm the ability to take on work at short notice if required.

The declaration of interests should include anything that a reasonable person might consider could influence the advice which might be given to the Committee: for example, active membership of a campaign group or relevant financial arrangement. Declared interests from successful applicants will be published.

For further information or to discuss the role, contact the Head of Secretariat for the Expert Panel, Yohanna Sallberg by email: hsccom@parliament.uk.

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