Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Medical Advisory Panel on driving and disorders of the nervous system

An advisory panel working together with the DVLA providing expert advice with the aim of improving road safety.

Role of the advisory panel

The purpose of the advisory panels is to provide the Secretary of State for Transport, in practice the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), with expert advice with the aim of maintaining and improving road safety. This is reflected in the granting and renewal of driving licences within the framework of the minimum health standards set out in the Third EC Directive on Driving Licences (2006/126/EC). The panels, some of which have existed in their present form for 20 years or more, are advisory and have no legal powers.

Membership

  • Professor G Cruickshank (Chair)

Members

  • Professor Anthony G Marson
  • Dr P Reading
  • Professor P J A Hutchinson
  • Dr D Shakespeare
  • Mr R Nelson
  • Dr A R Gholkar
  • Professor J Duncan
  • Dr C Tudur Smith
  • Professor R Al-Shahi Salman
  • Mr R McFarlane

Lay members

  • Mrs C E B Jones

Observers

  • Dr C Graham (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland)
  • Dr S Mitchell (Civil Aviation Authority)
  • Dr N Delanty (National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine, Dublin)
  • Dr S Bell (Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

DVLA

  • Dr N Lewis (Panel Secretary)
  • Dr W Parry (Senior Medical Adviser)
  • Mr J Donovan (Head of Medical Policy)
  • Mr S Ferriman (Business Change and Support manager)

Members’ interests

Register of members' interests

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Agendas and minutes

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22 March 2018 minutes

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22 March 2018 agenda

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12 October 2017 minutes

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12 October 2017 agenda

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23 March 2017 minutes

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23 March 2017 agenda

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27 October 2016 minutes

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27 October 2016 agenda

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7 April 2016 minutes

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7 April 2016 agenda

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22 October 2015 minutes

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22 October 2015 agenda

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12 March 2015 agenda

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12 March 2015 minutes

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11 September 2014 agenda

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11 September 2014 minutes

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13 March 2014 agenda

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13 March 2014 minutes

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09 October 2013 minutes

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09 October 2013 agenda

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14 March 2013 agenda

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14 March 2013 minutes

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8 November 2012 agenda

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8 November 2012 minutes

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Archived panel minutes

Archived panel minutes are available on The National Archives.

Panel updates

Important panel updates/changes to standards can be found below.

Neurological disorders panel updates

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Code of practice and terms of reference

Code of practice (including terms of reference)

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