Non Executive Directorships

Member of the Human Tissue Authority (VAC-1696)

Location: London

Date Posted: 05/09/2020

Closing Date: 06/10/2020

Vacancy Description

Introduction

Ministers are seeking to make up to five appointments to the board of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).

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 Board 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
  • 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:

  • Data and analytics as drivers for digital transformation
  • Professional experience in any of the sectors regulated by the HTA
  • Experience of organ donation and transplantation either from a patient or practitioner perspective
  • Medical, clinical or research ethics.

 

Additional Information

Introduction from Lynne Berry OBE, Chair of HTA

Dear applicant,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of the Human Tissue Authority.

The HTA is responsible for ensuring the removal, storage and use of human tissue and organs are undertaken safely and ethically, and with proper consent. We are an executive Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care, established originally by the Human Tissue Act 2004.

This is a period of significant change and uncertainty in the health sector. Our underpinning strategic approach of building greater sustainability, resilience and agility has served us well. Whilst the fundamentals of the HTA’s approach remain intact, we are conscious that not only have new risks   emerged during the Covid 19 pandemic but also that there is a considerable amount of good practice from which we can learn.

In joining the Board at this time, you will play a part in developing our next strategy to ensure that we can be an ever more proportionate, risk-based, data driven, intelligence-led and collaborative Regulator; building on our recent experience of regulating at a distance and adopting new ways of working.

As a member of the HTA Board, you will undertake a range of non-executive responsibilities including developing the HTA strategy, scrutinising the Executive, and supporting them in their demanding work. You will bring insights from a relevant sector or profession and will occasionally be involved in the oversight of complex case work; you will help us become a more effective modern regulator, advising Minsters and the DHSC where appropriate.

If you share our wish to maintain public confidence in the regulatory system and want to ensure the principles of consent and the dignity of the deceased are upheld and if you have appropriate skills and experience for this important governance role, I welcome your application.

Lynne Berry OBE

Chair

Human Tissue Authority

September 2020

 

HTA role and responsibilities

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.

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

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

Links:

2019/2020 Business Plan https://www.hta.gov.uk/hta-business-plan-2019-20

Guidance for Professionals https://www.hta.gov.uk/guidance-professionals

Guidance for the Public https://www.hta.gov.uk/guidance-public

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-1696 in the subject field.

If you are unable to apply by email please contact:

Daniel Clemence

Appointments Team

Tel:  0113 2545335

Email: Daniel.Clemence@dhsc.gov.uk

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