Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel

Body: Department of Health and Social Care
Appointing Department: Department of Health and Social Care
Sector: Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £300 per day
Time Requirements: 1 to 2 days per month


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

Professor Anthony Schapira and Dr Miles Wagstaff have been appointed as Members of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel for 3 years from 14 January 2019.
The appointments will involve a time commitment of one or two days per month. Remuneration for the roles will be at a rate of £300 per day.
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. Professor Anthony Schapira and Dr Miles Wagstaff have not declared any political activity.

Date: 17/01/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    17/01/2019 at 10:00


Assessment Panel

  • William Vineall Added 14/06/2018

    Panel Chair

    Director, Acute Care & Quality Policy, Department of Health and Social Care • Departmental Official

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  • Lord Ribeiro Added 14/06/2018

    Chair, Independent Reconfiguration Panel • Representative of Organisation

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  • Jane Mordue Added 14/06/2018

    Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make two Clinical member appointments to the board of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP).

Role and Responsibilities of the a Member

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.

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 to disseminate advice on good practice.


Person Specification

Qualities required for the role of a Clinical Member

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 a Clinical Member:

  • Currently a medically qualified consultant working in the NHS with a high calibre background in clinical and service issues relating to one or more of the following: emergency and acute services; care of the elderly; specialist acute services; women’s and children’s services

Additional Information

IRP role and responsibilities

 The Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) provides independent expert advice to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on disputed proposals for changes to clinical services in the NHS in England. The panel also offers ongoing support and guidance to the NHS and other organisations on achieving successful change.

The aim is to ensure that decisions about future service configurations are sustainable and result in improved services for patients. The panel advises on some of the most sensitive issues that directly affect the care people receive from the NHS.

Under the Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) Regulations 2013, if a local authority, overview and scrutiny committee, joint committee or sub-committee is not satisfied either that a thorough consultation process has taken place or that the proposal meets the needs of the local community, it may report the matter to the Secretary of State, who will consider the merits of asking the IRP for its advice. If asked for advice, the IRP will carry out an initial assessment, and will decide if a full review should be undertaken. If the referral is deemed to be not suitable for full review, the IRP will explain this to the Secretary of State and advise on further action. If a full review is deemed necessary, the Secretary of State will consider the IRP’s advice and make a decision on whether to refer the proposals to the IRP for full review. Once the IRP accepts a referral for full review, the terms of reference and a timetable for providing advice will be agreed.

Further information about the structure, role and work of the IRP can be found on their website at:



How to Apply

Making an application

 Thank you for your interest in the appointment of a Member to the IRP.

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to: – please quote ref: A17-62 in the subject field.

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

Julia Peters Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE


Applications must be received by midday on 5th July 2018.


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 IRP, 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 that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or IRP 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 of the Information Pack: Eligibility Criteria.


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.

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:

Julia Peters

Appointments Team

Tel: 0113 2545350



For further information regarding the role of the IRP and the role of a Member please contact:

Name: Martin Houghton

Tel: 020 7389 8045



Please quote reference A17-62 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.


Monitoring Form
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
IRP information pack - updated
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