Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) - Council Members

Body: Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
Appointing Department: Department for Work and Pensions
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health, Science & Technology
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £142 per meeting
Time Requirements: a minimum commitment of attending four Council meetings a year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift

    24/05/21 TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    30/06/21 & 01/07/21 TBC

  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (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.  The majority 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 scheme.

Background to Industrial Injuries Scheme (IIS)
The (IIS) is made up of a number of 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 undergo a medical examination (carried out by an external provider), to confirm their diagnosis and to determine their percentage of disablement, which in turn 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.

IIAC members are appointed by the responsible Minister, on behalf of the Secretary of State, and typically consist 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 at any one time – although this will vary from time to time.  Legislation states that there must be equal numbers representing employers and employed earners respectively.  Independent members come from occupational medicine, science and related fields.  As Ministers are required to refer proposed regulations concerning Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit to IIAC for their 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.

IIAC’s advice to the Secretary of State usually takes the form of Command Papers. These are published by DWP and copies placed in the House of Commons and House of Lords’ libraries and on the IIAC website.  Ministers then respond to the recommendations made by IIAC in their reports.
IIAC meets four times a year, and has a standing committee (the Research Working Group) that also meets four times a year. The Council has committed to meet with a range of stakeholders annually including holding public meetings bi-annually to ensure it maintains a good relationship with its stakeholders. IIAC has a Secretariat staffed by DWP officials and is funded and sponsored by DWP.
The Council is seeking to fill a number of roles. We welcome applications from experts across all fields of occupational health but are particularly seeking expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment and women’s occupational health or a combination of these.  Further information about the Council can be found at:

Role of the Council Member

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 their recommendations/reports;

•participate in the other duties of the Council, such as advising the DWP on the drafting of relevant legislation and guidance;

•fully prepare 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 offline to evaluate the scientific evidence where necessary and attending external stakeholder events.


Person Specification

Candidates must demonstrate the following areas of experience:

Independent Medical Expert or Independent Scientific Expert (Two Roles)

Essential criteria:

•Expertise in the key issues and causes of occupational ill health and the impact of the broad issues surrounding disability;

•Proven ability to analyse 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;

•Will have published papers on occupational injuries and diseases, preferably with a reputation as an expert in your selected field;

•Able to fulfil the role with professional integrity, exemplifying the highest standards of behaviour in public life; and

•Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills – especially the ability to communicate to different audiences;


Desirable criteria:

•We welcome applications from experts across all fields of occupational health but are particularly seeking expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment and women’s occupational health or a combination of these;

•Experience as a member of an expert Committee or similar body; and

•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.


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