Recruitment of legally qualified individuals

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06 January 2017

The MPTS is seeking to appoint legally qualified individuals who are equipped to carry out the important roles of Legally Qualified Chair and Legal Assessor, assisting our tribunals to make important decisions regarding doctors’ fitness to practise.

The role of Legally Qualified Chair is a position of considerable responsibility.

Dame Caroline Swift, Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

The MPTS is the adjudication service for doctors in the UK. Our tribunals make independent decisions about doctors’ fitness to practise. We are part of the General Medical Council (GMC) but operationally separate from its role in investigating cases.

The individuals we are seeking must demonstrate integrity, leadership and strong analytical skills, enabling them to assist tribunals to make their decisions. Those decisions have the potential to have a profound effect on the lives of doctors, making it essential that they are always impartial and unbiased.

Dame Caroline Swift, Chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said:

‘The role of Legally Qualified Chair is a position of considerable responsibility as, not only will the individual be chairing the tribunals that make vital decisions regarding a doctor's fitness to practise, but he/she will also be responsible for advising tribunal members in connection with any legal issues that emerge during the hearings.

'These hearings, and the important decisions that are made, are key to ensuring that the MPTS fulfils its over-arching objective to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of the public, to promote and maintain public confidence in the medical profession and to promote and maintain proper professional standards and conduct for members of the profession.

'Whilst not all of our future hearings will be chaired by Legally Qualified Chairs, for those hearings that are chaired by Medical or Lay Chairs, we will also require those appointed to act as Legal Assessors and to provide legal advice to tribunals making decisions. It is therefore essential for us to appoint suitable legally qualified individuals who are able to demonstrate the necessary competencies and have the relevant experience to enable them to carry out this work.'

More information

A time commitment is a minimum of 35 days each calendar year and a daily fee of £500 plus reasonable expenses is payable. We particularly welcome applications from people from a range of backgrounds, including BME, women, and people with disabilities.

Find out more and apply at our dedicated recruitment website.

See what some of our existing tribunal members have to say about working for the MPTS:

Please note the deadline for applications was 27 January 2017.