Terms of reference

  1. The MOD is the sponsoring department. The Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans Min(DPWV) will task IMEG, receive its reports and prepare the government’s response, and will make the final decision on appointments. Min(DPWV) and the chairperson will meet at least once per year. Officials from the relevant policy area will provide Secretariat support.

  2. IMEG’s role is to advise Min(DPWV) on medical and scientific aspects of Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and related matters. Min(DPWV) will task the chairperson directly with issues on which advice is requested. Issues raised in writing by any source, including members of the public and the service and ex-service communities will be noted by the Secretariat and discussed with the chairperson and Min(DPWV) in developing the forward work programme.

  3. IMEG will investigate the issues on which advice is requested, reach conclusions and make recommendations based on evidence. This evidence will comprise independent, published, peer reviewed scientific and medical literature. In addition, IMEG will consult other experts and invite interested parties to submit relevant research. But IMEG does not commission research.

  4. IMEG will meet at least four times per year. In addition, the chairperson and secretariat will consider whether to hold one public meeting per year to explain IMEG’s work. Additional meetings of the whole group may be held, depending on business need, and might take the form of a formal meeting, visit or consultation. In addition, business will be conducted via correspondence and smaller bilateral expert meetings. Some meetings may be conducted virtually via video, or telephone, conferencing.

  5. The IMEG chairperson will be a member of the statutorily established Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation (CAC) that advises Min(DPWV). The chairperson will present the advice of the group to Min(DPWV) as a member of the CAC.

  6. IMEG’s advice, in the form of reports, and the government’s decisions in relation to them, will be published on the gov.uk website.

  7. MOD is under a remit from the Cabinet Office to carry out triennial reviews on all NDPBs. IMEG will in future be reviewed under this regime.

  8. IMEG will comprise: a chairperson; 7 members who are senior licensed medical consultants drawn from relevant specialties, including trauma/orthopaedics, neurology, audio vestibular/audiological medicine, occupational medicine and mental health; a member representing the ex-service organisations; 3 ex officio members: the Chief of Defence Personnel’s Medical Adviser; a service representative who sits on the CAC; and an injured serving person who has claimed under the AFCS.

  9. The group will be able to draw on external expert advice where required. A representative of the Surgeon General will be invited to observe the group’s meetings.

  10. Appointments will usually be for 3 years and a maximum of 10 years. The chairperson or Min(DPWV) may end an appointment at any time. The performance of the Chair will be appraised annually by the Secretariat and the Director of Service Personnel Policy. The performance of IMEG members will be appraised once during each three year term by the chairperson and the Secretariat to provide evidence when re-appointments are to be considered.

  11. Members are expected to attend meetings personally and may not be represented by others. Members are expected to attend at least three of the four meetings.

  12. The roles will not be remunerated, but the MOD will reimburse reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.

  13. The chairperson and members will be expected to follow the ‘Seven principles of public life’ enunciated by the Nolan Committee, a text of which will be provided with the appointment letter. They will also be required to adhere to the IMEG Code of Practice (to be derived from Model Code of Practice for Board Members of Advisory NDPBs, in Cabinet Office (CO) NDPB Guide) and declare any interests to be kept in a register of interests by the Secretariat.