Panel Chair and Expert Member vacancies for the Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse and Driving

Body: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Appointing Department: Department for Transport
Sectors: Health, Transport
Location: London/Swansea/Working remotely via Microsoft Teams
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: In line with DfT policy, these posts are not salaried but members will be reimbursed for travel and subsistence costs. One-off fees will also be paid to expert members for looking at complex casework outside of panel meetings.
Time Requirements: Up to 4 days per annum

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We currently have a number of vacancies on the Panel and are looking for people with the following skills/areas of expertise:

  • Panel Chair

Consultant or Professor with expertise within the area of Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse (in clinical practise)

  • Expert members

Consultant/Professor in Addiction Science, and/or an expert in clinical chemistry with particular reference to drug and alcohol screening e.g. CDT.

Consultant/Professor Psychiatrist with expertise in Substance Misuse (in clinical practice)

General Practitioner with an interest in Alcohol, Drugs and or Substance Misuse (in clinical practice)

The DVLA is looking for fully registered/licensed consultants for the panel chair, consultant psychiatrist and general practitioner positions. The professor of addiction science should be experienced in the area of research/lecturing. We are looking for candidates who have an outstanding record of achievement, personal credibility and senior level experience to join the Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse and Driving.

The DVLA plays a vital role in making Britain’s roads safe. To ensure that every motorist meets the required medical standards for fitness to drive, we actively work with the Panels to set the medical standards and shape policy and guidelines for over 49 million driving licence holders. The Panels help maintain and improve road safety by providing the Secretary of State for Transport, the Department for Transport and the DVLA with expert advice about a wide range of medical conditions and their impact on driving.

All candidates should be able to demonstrate they are:

  • General Medical Council-licenced to practice with full registration (or the equivalent for the Professor in Addiction Science)
  • A member or fellow of a relevant Royal College, Academic institution or equivalent body
  • Currently active in clinical practice or in their professional field

Person Specification

Alcohol and drugs are two very controversial elements in relation to driving. Panel members often play a pivotal role in influencing Departmental and wider Government initiatives that are at the heart of road safety, providing sound advice on the persistent misuse of drugs and alcohol and their impact on safe driving.

Therefore we welcome applications from all medical professionals with a broad range of experience in the field of alcohol, drugs and substance misuse. While your professional background and experience is important, what we are most interested in is the way in which you use your experience.

We are looking for engaged and enthusiastic panel members who can support our panel, challenge constructively and robustly, and provide a rich diversity of information and advice that will help DVLA to licence drivers appropriately.

You would be joining us at a time of enormous challenge, but also a time that brings huge and exciting opportunities. The last 12 months have been difficult and challenging for all of us, but our organisation has come together in an outstanding manner to develop new ways of working to ensure that we continue to deliver first class services that meet the needs of GB drivers.

There is clearly much more to do to ensure that we continue to manage the impacts of the on-going pandemic in relation to driving; learning, adapting, innovating and even using it as an opportunity to continuously improve how we do things.

If this sounds like the sort of role that excites you, we would love to hear from you.

How to Apply

For further information of how to apply please see the Application Information and Guidance for Honorary Advisory Panel Members or the Application information and Guidance for Honorary Expert Members and the Terms and Conditions for the role (in the attachments)

You can submit your completed application form to by midnight on 6 May 2021.

Feedback will be provided after interview for successful and unsuccessful candidates.

Contact point for applicants

  • For further information on the roles and responsibilities for these vacancies, please contact Dr Nick Jenkins, DVLA senior doctor:
  • For queries about the status of your application, or any technical problems submitting it, please contact
Chair & Expert Member (Alcohol Drugs and Substance Misuse)
Terms and Conditions for SoS's Medical Advisory Panels
DVLA Diversity Monitoring Form
DVLA Guaranteed Interview Scheme

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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