We welcome applications from medical professionals with a broad range of experience in the field of cardiology. 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 will be joining us at an exciting time where we have gone through the enormous challenge of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes in relation to the UK’s exit from the European Union. This is a time that continues to bring huge and exciting opportunities. Our organisation has come together and adapted quickly to change, developing new ways of working that ensure we continue to deliver first class services that meet the needs of the country’s drivers.
While we have made a tremendous start on this huge programme of change, there are still ample opportunities to help us continue to learn, adapt, innovate and 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 in this by providing advice about the medical standards for fitness to drive that accurately reflects the current understanding of cardiology and its effect on an individual’s ability to drive
· Notify the panel of developments in cardiology, 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 cardiac 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, on request, 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 eg. 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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life