Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) - Council Members

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Body: Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC)
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sector: Regulation
Location: London but there will also be an opportunity to join the meetings remotely.
Number of Vacancies: Up to 6
Remuneration: £142 for attendance at the IIAC council meeting
Time Requirements: IIAC Members are expected to attend and take a full part in at least four Council meetings each year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    26/05/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    29/06/2022

  • Panel Sift

    TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC or The Council) is an independent statutory body set up in 1946 to advise the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland on matters relating to the Industrial Injuries Scheme (IIS). The Council is funded and sponsored by DWP.

Much of the Council’s time is spent considering whether the list of prescribed diseases for which benefit may be paid should be added to or amended. The Council can also provide advice on the administration of the IIS.

Background to Industrial Injuries Scheme

The IIS is made up of several benefits providing tax free, non-contributory, no fault compensation to employed earners for injury arising from an industrial accident, or from specified occupationally caused diseases (prescribed diseases). Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit (IIDB) covers over 70 occupationally caused diseases. Further information about the scheme can be found at: GOV.UK technical guidance

Most IIDB claimants are required to have a medical examination (carried out by an external provider), to confirm their diagnosis and to determine their percentage of disablement. This is used to calculate the level of weekly award to which they are entitled. The criteria for assessing disablement under IIDB are set out in regulations and apply to all claims. The assessment is made by comparison to a person of the same age and sex whose physical and mental condition is normal and is expressed as a percentage. Most awards become payable from 14% disablement.

Membership of IIAC

IIAC members are appointed by the responsible Minister, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The Council typically consists of:

  • Independent members, made up of the Chair, doctors, scientists and solicitors
  • Representatives of employers
  • Representatives of employees.

 

There are usually 16 members of IIAC – although this will vary from time to time.  Legislation states the Council must have equal numbers representing employers and employed earners.  Independent members come from occupational medicine, science, and related fields.  As Ministers are required to refer proposed regulations concerning IIDB to IIAC for its consideration, there is usually at least one legally qualified member to assist the Council with this task and any other legal issues that may arise.

Advice

IIAC’s advice to the Secretary of State usually takes the form of Command Papers. DWP publishes these Command Papers and places copies placed in libraries of the House of Commons and the House of Lords’ libraries and on the IIAC website.  Ministers then respond to the recommendations made by IIAC in its reports.

Meetings

IIAC meets four times each year. It has a standing committee, the Research Working Group, that also meets four times a year. To ensure it maintains a good relationship with its stakeholders the Council has committed to meet with a range of stakeholders annually including holding a public meeting every other year .

Full Council meetings usually take place in January, late March, July, and October. Dates for 2023 will be included in the new member induction pack. A Public Meeting usually takes place every other year following the full Council meeting in July, with the next one due to take place in 2023.

IIAC has a Secretariat staffed by DWP officials.

 

The Council is seeking up to six new Council Members in three roles:

  • Independent medical or scientific expert (two roles)
  • Representative of employees (up to two roles)
  • Representative of employers (up to two roles)

 

Further information about the Council can be found at:  https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/industrial-injuries-advisory-council

 

The Role of IAC Member

All IIAC Members will be expected to:

  • review information from a variety of sources, including research papers
  • put forward informed constructive assessments in Council investigations and contribute to the preparation of its recommendations/reports
  • participate in other duties of the Council, such as advising the DWP on the drafting of relevant legislation and guidance
  • prepare fully for all meetings by reading papers in advance and carrying out any other necessary preparatory work; and
  • attend a minimum of four Council meetings per year and be available for other related work to enable the Council to conduct its business, such as attending ad hoc meetings or working between meetings to evaluate the scientific evidence where necessary and attending external stakeholder events
  • demonstrate commitment to the Seven Principles Underpinning Public Life defined by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (Annex 1 of the attached candidate pack).

 

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Candidates must specify which role they are applying for: Independent Medical or Scientific Expert; Representative of Employees or Representative of Employers. Candidates may apply for more than one role and must specify clearly how they meet the separate criteria for each role.

Independent Medical Expert or Independent Scientific Expert (Two Roles)

All successful candidates will need to demonstrate evidence against the following essential criteria:

  • Knowledge of the key issues and causes of occupational ill health and the impact of the broad issues surrounding disability (will have published papers on, or contributed to published reviews of occupational injuries and diseases)
  • Proven ability to evaluate complex technical and/or medical issues relating to the detail of occupational health and industrial injuries/diseases
  • Experience of conducting reviews impartially and objectively, and the ability to contribute to the drafting of Council reports
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences

 

Desirable criteria

  • Applications from experts across all fields of occupational health are welcome but we are particularly seeking expertise in epidemiology or women’s occupational health or a combination of these.
  • Clear understanding of the role of an expert advisory committee or similar body and an ability to contribute effectively to it. (Prior participation of such a body is not essential).
  • General knowledge of:
    • industrial injuries compensation
    • disability and sickness-related benefits
    • the framework of legislation – Acts, Regulations, including general anti-discrimination, data protection or human rights legislation.

 

Representative of Employees (up to two roles)

 All successful candidates will need to demonstrate evidence against the following essential criteria:

  • Ability to contribute an understanding of employee interests on industrial injuries, including accidents at work and diseases caused by work. Ideally candidates will have a strong network (or relationship) with key employee stakeholders
  • An understanding of the key issues in occupational health and awareness of the broad issues surrounding disablement, compensation, and rehabilitation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences.

 

Desirable criteria

  • An ability to analyse technical issues relating to occupational health and industrial injuries/diseases as they affect the operation of the scheme in practice
  • Knowledge of:
    • industrial injuries compensation
    • disability and sickness-related benefits, and
    • the framework of legislation – Acts, Regulations, including general anti-discrimination, data protection and human rights legislation.

 

Representative of Employers (up to two roles)

All successful candidates will need to demonstrate evidence against the following essential criteria:

  • Ability to contribute an understanding of employer interests on industrial injuries, including accidents at work and diseases caused by work.
  • An understanding of the key issues in occupational health and awareness of the broad issues surrounding disablement, compensation, and rehabilitation.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively to different audiences.

 

Desirable criteria

  • An ability to analyse technical issues relating to occupational health and industrial injuries/diseases as they affect the operation of the scheme in practice
  • Knowledge of:
    • industrial injuries compensation
    • disability and sickness-related benefits, and
    • the framework of legislation – Acts, Regulations, including general anti-discrimination, data protection and human rights legislation.

 

Additional Information

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage can expect to be contacted during w/c 29 August 2022

Attachments
Diversity Information Form - Microsoft Word 260522
Personal-Information-Form-IIAC-Council-Member
Candidate_Pack_May_2022 (1)
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