4 Members – Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP)

Body: Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP)
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Remuneration will be £140 per day (plus travel and subsistence expenses)
Time Requirements: 1 to 2 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The following people have been appointed as Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for three years:

• Mark Taylor (managerial) – from 11 September 2017
• John Wilderspin (managerial) – from 11 September 2017
• James Partridge (lay) – from 18 September 2017
• Dr Zoe Penn (managerial) – from 1 May 2018

The appointments will involve a time commitment of one to two days per month. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £140 per day for preparation and attendance at meetings.

These appointments are made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. The regulation of public appointments against the requirements of this Code is carried out by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The appointments are made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. However, in accordance with the Code, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. None have declared any political activity.

Date: 29/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    15/06/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    29/09/2017 at 12:00

Advert extended due to the General Election.


Assessment Panel

  • William Vineall Added 29/03/2017

    Panel Chair

    Director, Acute Care and Quality Policy • Departmental Official

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  • Lord Bernard Ribeiro Added 29/03/2017

    Chair of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel • Representative of Organisation

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  • Hilary Randall Added 29/03/2017

    Independent Member • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint 4 new members to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP). The IRP provides independent expert advice to the Secretary of State for Health on disputed proposals for changes to clinical services in the NHS in England. The aim of the Panel is to ensure that decisions about future service changes are safe, sustainable and result in improved services for patients. Ministers are seeking to make four appointments to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP). This includes 1 lay member and 3 NHS managerial members.

Role and Responsibilities of Members

As a member of the IRP, you will work with the Chair and other members using your experience, expertise and knowledge to guide the work of the panel.

You will:

  • help 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
  • assist in providing ongoing informal advice and support to the NHS, local authorities and other interested parties
  • develop and help disseminate advice on good practice



Person Specification

The membership of the IRP is drawn from three groups: Clinical, Managerial and Lay. 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

All candidates should meet the following essential criteria:

  • have an understanding of the difficult trade-offs normally involved in complex service change
  • be able to show sound judgement in formulating and proposing difficult compromises, including those in which all parties may be dissatisfied
  • be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, with the ability to read and digest lengthy and possibly contradictory documents
  • be committed to the principles of public service with the ability to perform duties with absolute integrity

In addition, candidates should also meet the following essential criterion for the membership group:

Managerial members (3 roles)

  • have high calibre experience in NHS management, ideally currently or recently employed in the NHS at Chief Executive or Director level

 Lay member (1 role)

  • widespread experience of using NHS services and/or representing the views of NHS service users, their families and local communities in general


Additional Information

The Secretary of State for Health determines the length of appointment, which may be for up to a maximum of 4 years.


How to Apply

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

appointments.team@dh.gsi.gov.uk – please quote ref: A16-109 in the subject field.

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

Lisa Clayton, Department of Health, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE

The Department of Health values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all.

GIS Form
Monitoring Form
A16-109 IRP Candidate Pack - amended closing date
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