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Non Executive Directorships

Member – Human Tissue Authority (VAC-1420)

Location: London

Date Posted: 28/03/2019

Closing Date: 08/05/2019

Vacancy Description

Ministers are seeking to make two appointments to the board of Human Tissue Authority.

Role and Responsibilities of a Member

As a Member of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) you will:

  • Support the Chair in setting the strategic direction of the HTA, encouraging and enabling the HTA to be a first-class regulator of human tissue;
  • Support the Chair in developing the HTA in-line with the organisation’s strategic aims while maintaining a positive, constructive and appropriate relationship with its stakeholders to ensure confidence in the work of the HTA;
  • Provide an independent view, a substantive contribution, and constructive challenge at Authority meetings and sub committees;
  • Monitor the performance of the HTA’s Executive, holding it to account for the delivery of the HTA’s business plan, HM Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care requirements.

Person Specification

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.

  • Commitment to the objectives of the HTA and with the interest and drive to make a real contribution to the Board;
  • Ability to provide effective scrutiny and challenge to the Executive and to hold them to account for the delivery of performance and the delivery of its strategy;
  • Ability to think strategically and to exercise sound judgement on complex and sensitive issues; and
  • The highest standards of personal propriety in relation to governance, accountability, risk and financial management.

 In addition, candidates should bring skills and experience in one of the following areas:

Digital Transformation

  • A technology expert familiar with modern digital technology and data management techniques, with experience of successfully rolling out and scaling new technology and an understanding of the contribution this can make to improving quality and transforming processes.

Financial/Organisation Transformation

  • Experience in leading large organisations through significant transformation, with an understanding of the importance of risk management and audit to good governance, and a record of achievement at a senior level in strategic financial management.

Additional Information

The HTA’s key priority is to maintain public and professional confidence in the removal, storage and use of human tissue by ensuring that these activities are undertaken safely and ethically, and with proper consent.

The HTA was established as an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body on 1 April 2005 under the Human Tissue Act 2004.  It also acts as a Competent Authority in relation to EU legislation covering tissues and cells used in patient treatment, and organ donation and transplantation.

The HTA licences organisations that remove, store and use human tissue and organs for purposes such as research, transplantation, post mortem examination, anatomical examination and public display, as set out in its governing legislation.  The HTA publishes Codes of Practice and Standards relating to the conduct of activities within its remit, and superintends compliance with standards through a risk-based programme of audit and inspection.  It also plays a regulatory role in living organ donation, ensuring that valid consent is given and no coercion or reward takes place.

The HTA’s remit under the Human Tissue Act extends to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also carries out some functions (in relation to EU legislation, regulating living donation, and keeping of registers), on behalf of the Scottish Government.  Since December 2015, the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 has governed consent for organ and tissue donation in Wales, for which the HTA has produced a Code of Practice and oversees compliance.

The HTA underwent a Triennial Review in 2015, with key findings including:  clear evidence that it performs necessary functions to a high standard, and that it is very highly regarded by the large majority of stakeholders from whom the team received views. The HTA’s actions have been completed and it is preparing an overarching report on all recommendations this autumn.

In addition to its roles in licensing, inspection and approving living organ donations, the HTA has a statutory duty to provide advice and guidance to the public, and professionals, on activities within its remit.  It also has a duty to monitor developments and advise the Secretary of State, and counterparts in devolved administrations, on related issues.

As a regulator, the HTA seeks to work with stakeholders to encourage improvement, remaining accessible and responsive to a changing environment and the needs of the organisations it regulates. It is regarded as being in a unique position to comment and offer guidance on challenging issues which fall on the edge of its regulatory remit.

Recent issues which the HTA has worked with others to provide advice on include;

  • Cryopreservation of bodies;
  • Disposal of foetal remains;
  • Websites seeking to match organ donors and recipients;
  • Plans to develop a taphonomy facility in the UK (a body farm);
  • Winter capacity and contingency preparations for mortuaries;
  • EU Exit preparedness

 

The HTA works closely with other regulators and industry to ensure that regulation supports innovation, whilst protecting public confidence.

An example of this is the Regulatory Advice Service for Regenerative Medicine (RASRM), which is a ‘One Stop Shop’ for research and development professionals across academia, industry, and the NHS.

HTA has also been working closely with the Science Research and Evidence team at the Department of Health and Social Care, and using its specialist knowledge and expertise to provide significant input to the Government’s response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee’s report into Regenerative Medicine.

In the context of Government focus on its industrial strategy and the life sciences, HTA has identified various opportunities for improving the current legislative framework. This will become ever more necessary as the technology and science moves on and regulation will need to remain apace.

The Authority’s Chair and Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. The Chair and half of the members are lay, with the remainder being professionals drawn from some of the groups who are affected by the legislation.

This year, the HTA will be holding its public Authority meeting on 9th May 2019.

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How to Apply

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-1420 in the subject field.

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

Daniel Clemence, Department of Health and Social Care, Room 1N09, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UE.

Applications must be received by midday on 08 May 2019.

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 the HTA, 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 (including any convictions or bankruptcy) that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to Ministers or the HTA 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 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.

Contacts

For further information regarding the selection process, please contact:

Daniel Clemence

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 2545335

Email: daniel.clemence@dhsc.gov.uk

 

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

Name:  Jacky Cooper

Tel:  0113 2545446

Email:  jacky.cooper@dhsc.gov.uk

 

Please quote reference VAC-1420 on all correspondence.

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