Members of the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB) VAC-1691

Body: The Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration (DDRB)
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £300 Per Day
Time Requirements: The is a time commitment of 15 meetings per year

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    15/10/2020

  • Closed for Applications

    03/11/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift

    04/12/2020

  • Final Interview Date

    January TBC

  • Announcement

    TBC

 

Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is looking to appoint three Members to the Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB).

Role and Responsibilities of a Member

As a member, you will 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 recommendations to the Government on the remuneration of doctors and dentists.

Of the three vacancies, one is for an economist member and one a Northern Ireland member. As a prospective candidate for the economist or Northern Ireland member vacancies, you must have experience in one of the following areas. Candidates with cross-over experience in both the below areas will also be welcomed:

  • experience in a devolved context and/or demonstrable knowledge of and insight into the public sector workforce in Northern Ireland;
  • proven senior level experience of economics in the academic and / or business world – with the ability to apply this expertise to labour market issues, with the necessary status and record of achievement.

For the third member vacancy, you must have:

  • recent senior leadership experience in a health or care environment and an appreciation of remuneration arrangements – experience in or an understanding of primary care (medical or dental) is desirable.

 

Person Specification

Economist Member

We are looking for an economist member with proven senior level experience of economics in the academic and / or business world – with the ability to apply this expertise to labour market issues. The economist member takes the lead on issues relating to the economy, providing the other members with specialist understanding.

 

Northern Ireland Member

We are looking for a member with experience in a devolved context and/or demonstrable knowledge of and insight into the public sector workforce in Northern Ireland. The member representing Northern Ireland takes the lead for DDRB matters in relation to their country, providing members with insight and advice on issues pertinent to Northern Ireland and building relationships with the relevant parties.

 

Member

We are looking to a recruit a third member to the DDRB who must have recent senior leadership experience in a health or care environment and an appreciation of remuneration arrangements. For this position, experience in or an understanding of primary care (medical or dental) is desirable.

 

Qualities required for the Member roles

The Department of Health and Social Care values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The boards of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Boards also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

To be considered for these roles, you must be able to demonstrate that you have the qualities, skills and experience to meet all the essential criteria for appointment.

 

Essential Criteria

 We are looking to recruit for up to three roles. For all roles you must:

  • have the ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues;
  • have the ability to analyse and interpret detailed information, for example detailed policy proposals or statistical information;
  • be able to gain respect and keep the confidence of others including Ministers and senior Government officials through effective communication and influencing skills;
  • have the ability to reflect the patient perspective and the role of reward in supporting excellent patient care.

 

Of the three vacancies, one is for an economist member and one a Northern Ireland member. As a prospective candidate for the economist or Northern Ireland member vacancies, you must have experience in one of the following areas. Candidates with cross-over experience in both the below areas will also be welcomed:

  • experience in a devolved context and/or demonstrable knowledge of and insight into the public sector workforce in Northern Ireland;
  • proven senior level experience of economics in the academic and / or business world – with the ability to apply this expertise to labour market issues, with the necessary status and record of achievement.

 

For the third member vacancy you must have:

  • recent senior leadership experience in a health or care environment and an appreciation of remuneration arrangements – experience in or an understanding of primary care (medical or dental) is desirable.

 

Additional Information

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

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 antidiscrimination 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

 

Letter from Chris Pilgrim, Chair of the DDRB

Thank you for your interest in this appointment.

The eight public sector Pay Review Bodies provide independent advice to the Government on the pay of key public sector workforces. Members of the DDRB have an interesting, strategic and challenging role providing objective analysis of the data and evidence to recommend pay awards for over 200,000 doctors and dentists working for the NHS across the UK, including both those that work in hospitals and those that work as general dental or general medical practitioners in the community. Accordingly, we make an important contribution to the NHS by making pay recommendations to support the NHS to recruit, retain and motivate these critical staff groups.

We operate by, first, receiving written and oral evidence from the Government, employers, NHS organisations, and trade unions. We also visit Hospital Trusts, and Primary Care Units throughout the UK meeting many members of our remit group so that they can share their thoughts and experiences. With the support of a strong secretariat, we analyse and weigh this evidence and consider independent research before formulating our detailed recommendations on pay and related matters. Our main work programme starts in the autumn and culminates in submission of our reports to the Government in the spring (although this can vary). Further details on our current work can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/review-body-on-doctors-and-dentists-remuneration

I have been Chair of the DDRB since 2019. We currently have seven members with a range of backgrounds and expertise gained from the public and private sectors. As some of those members complete their terms of appointment we are looking to develop the team with three new members. We hope that one of these new members will be able to start before the upcoming round has finished, with the other two starting as two of our members’ terms expire at the end of the upcoming round.

We are looking for three members, of which one will be a specialist economist member, one will have deep understanding and professional experience of working in Northern Ireland and one for which we hope to recruit someone with recent senior leadership experience in a health or care environment – with an understanding of primary care being desirable. For all three posts we would especially welcome applicants representing the full diversity of our remit group and wider UK society.

As a member of the DDRB you would have responsibility for working strategically and collaboratively with members from a broad range of backgrounds. You would also need to share our commitment to the NHS by making recommendations to government that support the recruitment, retention and motivation of doctors and dentists working within the NHS in delivering vital public services at a time where the importance of the DDRB’s remit group to society and the need to reward them appropriately for their work has been made overwhelmingly clear.

If you feel that this work would be interesting and worthwhile and that you have the appetite to contribute, please apply and we look forward to hearing from you.

Once again, many thanks for your interest.

Chris Pilgrim

Chair, Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration

 

How to Apply

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

To make an application please email your CV, a supporting letter and completed monitoring forms to:

appointments.team@dhsc.gov.uk – please quote ref: VAC-1691 in the subject field.

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

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

Applications must be received by midday on 03 November.

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 specific 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 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 on 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 DDRB or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised, it is important that you bring them to the attention of the Advisory 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 and blogs. Due Diligence may be carried out on any publicly available information and shared with the Advisory Assessment Panel.

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/board-members-of-public-bodies-code-of-conduct

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

If you wish to discuss any queries on conflicts, please see the contacts section.

CV

Please ensure your CV includes:

  • Your full name, title, home address, personal contact telephone numbers (land line and mobile), personal email address and details of any twitter accounts and LinkedIn accounts including your twitter handle/username.
  • 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

Ryan Lloyd

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 254 5929

Email: Ryan.Lloyd@dhsc.gov.uk

 

For further information regarding the role of the DDRB and the role of a Member please contact: Rafi Dover

Tel:  0207 211 8124

Email:  rafi.dover@beis.gov.uk

Please quote reference VAC-1691 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.

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