Body: The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD)
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: Mostly Central London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Legal / Judicial, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: The post holder can claim reimbursement for reasonable travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred during the course of their duties at rates set centrally
Time Requirements: Members are expected to attend Committee meetings and associated working group meetings as needed. Overall, commitment will equate to 10-15 days per year, depending on ACMD’s work programme


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


Date: 16/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    4 and 6 June 2018

  • Announcement


Short-list meeting is expected to take place on 19 March 2018. Interviews are expected to take place 4th and 6th June 2018


Assessment Panel

  • Katherine Merrifield and Gwen Nightingale Added 04/06/2018

    Panel Chair

    Drugs and Alcohol Unit, Crime, Policing and Fire Group, Home Office • Departmental Official

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  • Dr Owen Bowden-Jones Added 14/02/2018

    ACMD Chair • Representative of Organisation

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  • Professor Ray Hill Added 14/02/2018

    ACMD Technical Committee Chair • Senior Independent Panel Member

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  • Dr Naho Yamazaki Added 04/06/2018

    Head of Medical Science Policy at the Academy of Medical Sciences • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

To complement its existing skills and knowledge, the ACMD is seeking 8 new members with demonstrable expertise in one, or more, of the following areas:

• expert who has a good working knowledge of the evidence base and implementation issues relating to drug misuse prevention;
• pharmacist engaged in active practice;
• forensic chemist / medicinal chemist;
• neuropharmacologist;
• addictions psychologist;
• health economist;
• legal; and
• a GP with experience dealing with drug misuse.

Members of the ACMD are appointed as individuals to fulfil the role of the Council and have a duty to act in the public interest. Members are not appointed as representatives of their particular profession, employer or interest group.

Committee members are expected to:

• attend and contribute to ACMD Full Council meetings, and additional sub-committee or working group meetings, arranged as necessary; and,

• act corporately with other ACMD members to ensure that it fulfils its responsibilities by providing Ministers with impartial, independent, balanced, evidence-based advice on issues relating to the misuse of drugs.

Members also have responsibility for:

• developing the evidence base of subjects being considered and formulating advice;

• examining and challenging, if necessary, the assumptions on which advice is formulated;

• consider and provide feedback on consultations and proposals from government;

• ensuring that the ACMD has the opportunity to consider and evaluate the available evidence on a given issue, and where appropriate, as part of the evidence, the concerns and values of stakeholders before a decision is taken;

• sharing in the general responsibility to consider the wider context in which their expertise is employed; and

• ensuring they act in accordance with the ACMD Code of Practice for members, which includes the Seven Principles of Public Life – the Nolan Principles and the Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees.

• Members will be encouraged to lead pieces of work.

Person Specification

Key responsibilities and criteria
Your supporting statement should provide evidence of your skills and experience against the criteria set out below. Please be clear about the scale and significance of your role/achievement. The evidence you provide against the selection criteria will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for the role.

To deliver in the role, applicants should be able to demonstrate:

• The ability to apply their respective areas of expertise and bring authority, knowledge and breadth to this multi-faceted issue of great public interest and importance;

• Strong interpersonal skills and evidence of working successfully in a professional, community or voluntary capacity on committees or other decision-making groups;

• Evidence of working collaboratively with committee members and stakeholders and actively and constructively contributing to discussions, negotiating between conflicting opinions and values and reaching impactful and timely conclusions;

• The ability to think logically and objectively, to critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and systematically approach evidence, data and information from diverse sources identifying key issues and making effective impartial and balanced decisions;

• The confidence to deal with difficult situations sensitively and to take, and be accountable for decisions;

• An appreciation of equality and diversity and a willingness to champion difference.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to SC level. Pre-appointment checks will also be undertaken on immigration and criminal convictions.

How to Apply

For further information and details on how to apply, please see the recruitment information pack and supporting documentation form attached.

Completed applications comprising CV, supporting statement, and supporting documentation form Annex A, should be emailed to:

180214 - ACMD Members - candidate pack - FINAL
Annex A - Supporting Documentation - ACMD
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