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As a visible member of the Drivers Medical senior leadership team, you will act on behalf of DVLA working closely with the Secretary of State's Honorary Medical Advisory Panels, Research Groups and with UK & European policy colleagues to ensure the effective application of the medical standards for driver licensing in Great Britain. You will advise the medical profession on medical aspects of fitness to drive, deliver lectures and presentations to medical colleagues and other interested groups to promote a wider understanding of fitness to drive standards. Above all you will introduce and maintain governance structures for our teams of DVLA Doctor and nurse caseworkers, and manage the audit process ensuring that case management meets expected standards

Role Responsibilities include:

• Support DVLA Doctors preparing medical appeal cases and act as an expert or professional witness representing the Secretary of State, when required

• Provide clinical input to complaints raised against decisions made by the Agency, acting as the final arbiter within DVLA on medical matters affecting driver licensing

• Undertake GMC re-accreditation on an annual basis, as required and undertake the responsible officer role for all employees involved in medical licensing activity requiring re-validation within DVLA

• Provide support and facilitation of ongoing education/professional development for DVLA Doctors and Nurse Casewo...

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• Provide support and facilitation of ongoing education/professional development for DVLA Doctors and Nurse Caseworkers in relation to the application of the medical standards for fitness to drive

• Proactively engage with the wider Drivers Medical community, including the Secretary of State's Medical Advisor Panels, to review medical aspects of DVLA's casework operating instructions to ensure the most efficient and effective business processes are in place to deliver medical standards for driving. In support of this, maintain close working relationships with Strategy and Policy colleagues to ensure that the Secretary of State's Medical Advisor Panel recruitment is effective and legislative changes and novel/contentious cases are dealt with as effectively as possible

• Review DVLA Doctors and Nurse Caseworkers audits on completion of training to determine if they are ready for independent practice, providing appropriate support where further action or consolidation is required with their manager or mentor

• Chair regular meetings with DVLA Doctors to discuss:
- medical developments and to receive feedback/information from management colleagues;
- the handling of complex or contentious cases
- The sessions will be used to develop and continually improve best practice guides for DVLA Doctors and nurse caseworkers.

• Maintain a close working relationship with external agencies (e.g. GMC, BMA) and other professional bodies (e.g. Medical Royal Colleges) to ensure DVLA activity is aligned to the wider profession and its regulatory bodies

Essential Criteria

You will come with a breadth of clinical experience keen to undertake a role where you can add real value to the medical standards we apply. The essential criteria for this role, is outlined below

• Full current registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
• GMC Medical Licence to practice
• Member of a Medical Defence Organisation
• An experienced leader who has worked across a range of senior clinical roles
• Senior medical professional, recognised as a senior leader in your field
• Experience of leading a team of medical specialists, coaching and driving capability and engagement

About you

• An excellent communicator who is confident, articulate, professional and resilient with an ability to persuade and influence others. You can effectively balance drive and sensitivity, managing own emotions under pressure with a determination to achieve goals

• As an experienced leader who has worked across a range of senior clinical roles you will be able to establish positive relationships with people at all levels, gaining credibility with the wider audience of stakeholders, peers and operational teams. You will role model the essential civil service values of integrity, objectivity, impartiality and honesty

• With significant leadership experience at a senior level in a large, complex and fast paced environment, ideally some of which will have been at a Clinical Director level within the health service

• A future focused mindset, able to build and implement continual improvement strategies, with a deep understanding of the value that they can bring to the business

• Ability to challenge skilfully, whilst maintaining strong relationships and the ability to provide coaching on performance and general operational matters

• Demonstrates experience of leading a team of medical specialists, creating an open, dynamic working environment, which encourages them to flourish and grow

This post is an office role, based in Swansea. Please note you will need to self-fund accommodation if you are not Swansea based. The training for this role takes a minimum of 3-4 months, full time hours.

Within your application please outlined how your experience and qualification meet our essential criteria.

Please note that all new entrants will automatically join at the bottom of the advertised salary range

About us

We are part of the Department for Transport (DfT). DfT is a great place to work, and our 'one team' approach really makes a difference. We value our staff and that's why we're committed to nurturing an inclusive environment across the Department.

You'll be part of an innovative organisation that invests in all our people, ensuring we have the diverse skills to deliver transport that moves Britain ahead now and into the future.

DfT has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT's inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we've made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

GMC Medical Licence to practice

Please outline full Medical Qualifications

Full current registration with the General Medical Council
Member of a Medical Defence Organisation.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about the benefits of working for us.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

For your CV and personal statement please provide detailed evidence of how you meet the requirements of the role using the essential criteria outlined in the advert.

Your interview may consist of a range of question types. These include questions about:

• what energises you at work
• how you would manage situations relevant to the role
• your previous experience
• your professional skills and knowledge

You're encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Job Sector
Motoring & Automotive
Job Position
£80,785.00 / year
Postal Code
Morriston, Swansea SA6 7JL, UK Show on map
Post date
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