Chair of the Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration

Body: Review Body on Doctors and Dentists Remuneration
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The Chair is remunerated at £350 per day for preparation and attendance of meetings
Time Requirements: 15 days per year, plus preparation time for reading meeting papers.


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

Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB)

Christopher Pilgrim has been appointed as Chair of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration for three years from 1 August 2019.
The appointment will involve a time commitment of 15 days per year, plus preparation time for reading meeting papers and remuneration for the role will be at a rate of £350 per day.
This appointment is 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 appointment is 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. Christopher Pilgrim has not declared any political activity.

Date: 01/08/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/04/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make a Chair appointment to the board of the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).

Role and Responsibilities of the chair

 To play a key part in assessing the evidence of the Government, organisations representing the NHS, and organisations representing NHS doctors and dentists, and making annual independent recommendations to the Government on the remuneration of doctors and dentists employed in the National Health Service. Specifically:

  • Using your own experience and expertise, contribute to the effective understanding, analysis and challenge of evidence from stakeholders and wider sources;
  • Monitor developments in the NHS and bring insights on the issues facing the NHS to Review Body discussions;
  • Working collaboratively and constructively with colleagues, guide the Review Body to agree its overall approach and key recommendations; and to shape the draft report;
  • Effectively represent the DDRB in meetings with stakeholders (oral evidence and informal contacts) and with DDRB staff on visits to Trusts and Health Boards


Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of the DDRB 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.

 The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from people from all backgrounds.  The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve and benefit from fresh perspectives.

We are always keen to receive applications from candidates with private sector experience.

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

  •  A strong understanding of pay and reward and its role in recruiting, retaining and motivating staff, and supporting the provision of excellent care for patients
  • Ability to provide strong strategic leadership to the Review Body demonstrated by a significant record of achievement in relevant senior leadership roles
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise sound independent judgement on complex and sensitive issues, following analysis of detailed information
  • Effective communication and influencing skills, with an ability to gain respect and keep the confidence of others, including Ministers, senior Government officials, and representatives of employer and employee interests; and
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of, and commitment to, public service values.


Additional Information

The DDRB is independent and is responsible for:

  • advising the government on rates of pay for doctors and dentists taking any part in the NHS.
  • conducting research on pay and related matters
  • visiting trusts and health units to meet staff and managers to gather information and views on pay and related issues

The Review Body may also be asked to consider other specific issues.


The Review Body is also required to take careful account of the economic and other evidence submitted by the Government, Trade Unions, representatives of NHS employers and others.


The Review Body should take account of the legal obligations on the NHS, including anti-discrimination legislation regarding age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion and belief and disability.


The Review Body recommendations and reports are submitted to :

  • the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health
  • the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing in Scotland
  • the First Minister and the Minister for Health and Social Services in the National Assembly for Wales
  • the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety of the Northern Ireland Executive.


The secretariat is provided by the Office of Manpower Economics.

How to Apply

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: VAC-1588 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


Applications must be received by midday on 08 April 2019.


In making an application please note the following:


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 the DDRB 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 or the DDRB 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:

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.



 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.


Monitoring form

 Please complete the monitoring form. Diversity monitoring information will not be seen by the Advisory Assessment Panel assessing your application.Political activity information is primarily for monitoring purposes only, however if you are shortlisted for interview, this information will be shared with the selection panel. The reason for this is that it is appreciated that such activities may have given you relevant skills, including experience gained from committee work, collective decision-making, resolving conflict and public speaking. If you have had such experience and you consider it relevant to your application for this post, you should also take the opportunity to include it separately in your supporting statement. If possible, you should not, however, identify the relevant political party in your statement.

If you are appointed to this role, please note that any political activity you declare will be published in accordance with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Department of Health and Social Care operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the essential criteria for the post.

If you wish to apply under the GIS please complete the GIS form and return it with your application.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.



For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Daniel Clemence

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 2545335



For further information regarding the role of the DDRB and the role of the chair please contact:

Name:  Lesley Balkham, DDRB Secretariat, Office of Manpower Economics

Tel:  020 7211 8284



Please quote reference VAC-1588 on all correspondence. 

If you choose to apply, we would like to thank you in advance for your time and effort in making an application.

DHSC diversity & monitoring form (PA)
GIS Form
DHSC diversity & monitoring form (PA)
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