Secretary of State's Honorary Advisory Medical Panel on Driving and Disorders of the Nervous System

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: Up to 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

DVLA would love to hear from you if you have one of the following skills/areas of expertise:

  • Consultant Neuroradiologist
  • Consultant Neurologist
  • Consultants with expertise in the areas of sleep disorders, stroke/cerebrovascular disease and Parkinson’s Disease (applicants may be from specialisms other than Neurology)
  • Consultant Neurosurgeon

The DVLA is looking for GMC registered consultants 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 Driving and Disorders of the Nervous System.

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 (GMC) registered
  • A member or fellow of a relevant Royal College or equivalent body
  • Currently active in clinical practice or in their professional field

Person Specification

We welcome applications from medical professionals with a broad range of experience in the field of neurological disorders. While your professional background and experience is important, what we are most interested in is the way in which you use your experience. We recognise that for some of the areas of expertise that we are looking for candidates who may well come from specialisms other than neurology, including Sleep Medicine, Stroke Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.

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.

The panels and your role

As a panel member you will be expected to:

  • Play an integral part by providing advice about the medical standards for fitness to drive that accurately reflects the current understanding of disorders of the nervous system and their effect on an individual’s ability to drive
  • Notify the panel of developments in disorders of the nervous system, which could have an impact on the standards, guidance or DVLA processes
  • Attend a panel meeting on two separate days a year, plus preparation time beforehand to consider papers ahead of the meeting
  • Make the panel aware of the full range of opinion within the world of nervous system medicine
  • Challenge assumptions on which advice is formulated and question/comment on information provided
  • Attend joint panel meetings to discuss issues or cases, which cover areas relevant to more than one medical panel
  • Where appropriate, produce written reports for consideration at panel meetings. This would include reports with recommendations on specific issues identified by DVLA or the Panel for presentation to and discussion by the Panel (e.g. identification and evaluation of current research and literature)
  • Identify new areas of research that will/could affect drivers and DVLA policy in the future and present research findings to the panel
  • Explore and research any identified gaps in the evidence base through panel discussions or working/subgroup work and make proposals for how these are to be addressed e.g. recommendations for departmental sponsored research and agreeing relevant terms of reference
  • Contribute to an annual horizon scanning exercise that will be used to inform discussions on a forward work plan at an annual review
  • Apply your knowledge wherever relevant, and share that knowledge in a way that invites further questions
  • Exercise independent judgement and constructively challenge and encourage panel members
  • State and support your own decision whilst able to follow verbal argument/discussions
  • Engage with panel members and stakeholders
  • Draw upon specialist research and present your own findings through written and oral communications
  • Demonstrate excellent listening skills with the ability to be open and honest
  • Read and interpret large quantities of complex information from a range of different sources
  • Use logical reasoning and a structured approach
  • Weigh up evidence, keep to the facts and apply objectivity
  • Offer an alternative perspective based on an ability to consider sensitive issues from an informed and balanced viewpoint
  • Abide by the “Seven Principles of Public Life”, sometimes referred to as the Nolan Principles. Further information can be found at

How to Apply

To make an application please submit your CV, a 2-page supporting letter outlining your suitability for the role, and a completed monitoring form to

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 attached documents)

You can submit your completed application 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
DVLA Application Information and Guidance
DVLA Diversity Monitoring Form
DVLA Guaranteed Interview Scheme
Terms and Conditions for SoS's Medical Advisory Panels

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

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