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Tribunal members

Tribunals considering cases are made up of three tribunal members. At least one of the tribunal must be medically qualified and at least one must be a lay member. A lay member is someone that has never held a medical qualification. In most cases the chair will be legally qualified.

We appraise our tribunal members through 360 degree feedback and direct observation. We have a large pool of tribunal members (around 300). View the current tribunal members and their interests.

Become a tribunal member

We appoint at different times for medically qualified or lay tribunal members, or for legally qualified individuals.

You can register your interest for future tribunal member appointments by clicking the relevant link below. If you are interested in expressing your interest for both lay tribunal member and legally qualified chair please fill out both forms.

Medical tribunal member

Medical tribunal members must be registered with the GMC and hold a licence to practise and have a reasonable expectation of remaining in this position for at least five years.

Lay tribunal member

Lay tribunal members must not, and never have been, registered medical practitioners or holders of a qualification registrable under the Medical Act 1983 or holders of a qualification registrable under the Medical Act 1983.

Legally qualified chair

As well as being a lay member, legally qualified chairs and legal assessors must also:
a. fulfil the role of a barrister, chartered legal executive or solicitor in England and Wales; an advocate or solicitor in Scotland; or a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland or solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland; and,
b. have five years post qualification experience; and,
c. meet the current requirements of the relevant regulator for their profession in terms of current practising arrangements unless they hold a suitable judicial or quasi-judicial appointment.

See the criteria for appointment for further information.

We appoint tribunal members through open competition against agreed competencies. We'll ask you to complete an online application form. If you're successful at the first stage, we'll invite you to attend an interview and assessment. Visit our appointments site.

If you have any further queries about the work of the MPTS. please contact us.