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Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

PACKAGE: £51,500

Closing date for applications: Sunday 21 July 2019 (midnight)

Help us maintain patient safety and build confidence in the regulation of health and social care professionals.

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees the UK’s nine health professions regulators, which set standards for the training and conduct of health professionals and social workers in England.

We are a strategic organisation with a key role in ensuring high standards of patient safety through excellence in regulation. We are a growing organisation with a significant role. We operate in an environment that is subject to ongoing change, including yearly increases in the number of fitness to practise cases dealt with by the regulators.

You will report to one of the Heads of Legal and will work closely with them and the Director of Scrutiny and Quality to review the final fitness to practise decisions made by the nine regulators that we oversee. 

With others in the team you will:

  • Advise the Authority in relation to potential appeals under section 29 of the NHS Reform and Healthcare Professionals Act 2002 of fitness to practise decisions made by the nine regulators that the Authority oversees
  • Collate and disseminate good practice in relation to fitness to practise matters, and assist with training provided to internal and external stakeholders
  • Provide legal advice and conduct legal research to support the work of the Scrutiny and Quality team including appeals lodged by the Authority and any judicial review proceedings.

You must:

  • Be a qualified lawyer (not necessarily UK qualified).
  • Have experience of: working as a qualified lawyer in an advisory capacity either in private practice or within a regulator; working with internal and external stakeholders at all levels; working within a statutory framework and writing detailed reports.

Ideally you will:

  • Have post-qualification experience as a solicitor/barrister in the UK
  • Have an SRA or BSB practising certificate (or meet the requirements to obtain one within a short timeframe)
  • Have a sound knowledge of issues affecting healthcare regulators
  • Have experience of: working with complainants, working within the fitness to practise function of a regulator, conducting statutory appeals/judicial review proceedings, giving presentations.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A thorough understanding of fitness to practise legislation and processes
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and work to deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility and the ability to work effectively in a small organisation
  • Good computer skills.

Further details about the work of Professional Standards Authority can be found on our website or by telephoning 020 7389 8030.

PLEASE NOTE: We will only accept applications where the candidate has clearly demonstrated that they meet the person specification. This must be set out within the personal statement with the specification as the title, followed by a description of how the candidate meets the requirement, including reference to specific examples.

To apply for this position please use the application form located on The Guardian's jobs website.

We will not accept CVs or applications where CVs are attached in place of a personal statement. For informal enquiries, or for a recruitment pack please email recruitment@professionalstandards.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Sunday 21 July 2019 (midnight)

Interviews (including a written assessment which will require pre-reading on the day of the interview) will be held on Tuesday, 30 July 2019. Please note that it is unlikely that an alternative interview date could be offered should you be unable to attend on this date.