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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the independent regulator of fertility treatment and embryo research. We license and inspect clinics and laboratories to ensure safe, effective services for everyone affected by fertility treatment. We hold the largest database of fertility treatments in the world.

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Head of IT

We are seeking to recruit to the post of Head of IT. The HoIT is a senior role and is accountable for our technology landscape, technology change programme, development and technology policy and strategy.

There has never been a better time to join the HFEA as we launch our new Register and data submission system. The HoIT team includes the IT infrastructure, IT service desk, application development and support and IT programme management.

Closing date: Sunday 23 January 2022

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Head of Research & Intelligence

We are looking for an innovative Head of Research and Intelligence to lead our work in making best use of our data. This is a high profile and key role internally and externally, central to our strategic ambition to use our data, information from inspections and feedback from patients to provide a sharper focus to our regulatory work, improve the information we produce, and shape our policy development. We aim to improve the evidence base for treatment, raise the quality of services and, crucially, help fertility patients make what are some of the most difficult treatment decisions in modern medicine.

You will develop and support your team ensuring it can shape internal and external decision making using our data. You will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to develop research and intelligence work, setting out how we will use outcome data, inspection intelligence and patient feedback to improve the quality of care in the fertility sector.

Closing date: Sunday 13 February 2022

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Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee member


The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is an arm’s length body (ALB) of the Department of Health and Social Care that regulates UK fertility clinics and projects involving research with human embryos. This includes licensing, inspections and setting standards. The Authority, our board, meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and determine policy and practice. The members of the Authority are non-staff members appointed by the Government to bring an objective point of view to our board and committees.

The Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee (SCAAC) is a subcommittee of the Authority. You can read previous meeting papers and minutes of this committee here. The SCAAC meets three times a year to consider advances in science and clinical practice which are relevant to the Authority’s work, including evaluating the evidence base for the HFEA’s traffic light rated list of treatment add-ons. Members of SCAAC are appointed from the membership of the Authority and a number of external advisors.

Vacancy description

The HFEA is looking to appoint four new external advisors to the SCAAC with the following areas of expertise:

  • Clinical embryology with special interest in research
  • Research and statistical methodology
  • Artificial intelligence or future technology
  • Developmental genetics

External advisors are appointed to the SCAAC for a term of three years, with a maximum of two terms. A fee of £200 per day is paid to external advisors for their attendance and contribution to committee meetings.

The remaining SCAAC dates for 2022 are Monday 6th June and Monday 3rd October. Meetings are currently held online. Should they be in person in future then travel and expenses will be paid in accordance with our travel and subsistence policy.

Role and responsibilities of an external advisor

To give your professional opinion to assist the SCAAC in reaching its conclusions on matters before it. In addition, you must assist the SCAAC by providing truthful, unbiased opinions on matters within your expertise in an independent and impartial manner.

Specifically, the role of SCAAC is to:

  • make recommendations to the Authority on the safety and efficacy of scientific and clinical developments (including research) in assisted conception, embryo research and related areas
  • make recommendations to the Authority on patient information relating to those scientific and clinical developments
  • advise the Authority on significant implications for licensing and regulation arising out of such developments, and
  • where required, work with the Authority members to consider the social, ethical and legal implications arising out of such developments.

As an External member of an HFEA advisory committee you will not possess any voting powers on matters. All business brought to this committee serves to advise the Authority and no decision-making powers are assigned.

Whilst occupying the role of External Adviser to the SCAAC, you must adhere to the HFEA’s Code of Conduct.

Personal Specification

The HFEA values and promotes diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community. The committees of public bodies should reflect the population they are there to serve. Committees also benefit from fresh perspectives, and we are always keen to encourage candidates with either public or private sector experience to consider applying for our roles.

Essential Criteria

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.

  • ability to actively contribute to discussions on complex and sensitive issues including, but not limited to, your specific areas of expertise.
  • ability to advise on possible outputs required by the HFEA including, but not limited to, patient information, impact on licensing and regulation, and social, ethical, and legal implications of developments in relevant areas.
  • ability to provide critical analysis of research papers.
  • have the highest professional standards including the ability to provide opinions that are impartial, unbiased and truthful.

and have expertise in one of the following areas:

Clinical Embryology with special interest in research

  • senior level experience in the field of clinical embryology, with experience or a special interest in research.

Research and statistical methodology

  • senior level experience in the critical analysis or design of research or statistical methodology.

Artificial intelligence or future technologies

  • senior level experience in the research or clinical application of artificial intelligence, data driven technologies or software/AI as a medical device.

Developmental genetics

  • senior level experience in the field of developmental genetics.

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the appointment of an external advisor of the HFEA’s Scientific and Clinical Advances Advisory Committee (SCAAC).

To apply please email an up-to-date CV together with a supporting letter (maximum 2 sides A4) outlining how you meet the personal specification outline above to:

Applications must be received by midday on 28 February 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview with the chair of the Authority, Julia Chain, the chair of the SCAAC, Tim Child, and a current SCAAC representative, Andy Greenfield, on 21st and 28th March 2022.

Supporting letter

The supporting letter is your opportunity to demonstrate how you meet the criteria set out. Please write all acronyms in full first.

Please ensure your full name, the area of expertise you are applying for the are clearly noted at the top of your letter.

Please limit your letter to two pages.

Conflicts of interest

If you have any business or personal interests that might be relevant to the work of HFEA, 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.

All applications will be acknowledged by email after the closing date.

Additional Information

For more information about our work please visit the HFEA website, including our current corporate strategy and business plan.


Review date: 18 January 2024

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