Launch date for applications: 13:00 on Tuesday 23 January 2018
Closing date for applications: 13:00 on Tuesday 13 February 2018
Number of vacancies: Up to 80 for fee-paid Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Health Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health (HESC); and up to 10 for fee-paid Medical Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales (MHRT Wales).
Number of applications: 166
Number of recommendations: 85 for HESC and 15 for MHRT Wales. Further data on this exercise, including diversity data, will be published by the JAC as part of its annual official statistics bulletin.
Location: HESC covers England only and MHRT covers Wales only
HESC: £478.43 a day plus £177.50 per patient examined.
MHRT Wales: £479.00 a day plus £176 per patient examined.
The HESC Chamber and MHRT Wales are responsible for deciding upon the necessity for the continued compulsory detention of mentally disordered patients in hospital or the continuation of a conditional discharge, guardianship, or a community treatment order.
The powers of the Tribunal are significant, with a responsibility to balance the liberty of the subject with potentially serious risk to the patient, their families and the public. Their powers and duties are set out in the Mental Health Act 1983.
The First-tier Tribunal Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health) covers the whole of England and the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales covers the whole of Wales. Under current arrangements tribunal hearings, which will be composed of 3 members including one legal member (known in England as a tribunal judge), one medical member and one specialist lay member, are usually held in private and most will take place in hospitals. You will be required to draw upon your clinical knowledge and apply your analytical skills in order to assess evidence. In this capacity you may also be required to examine the patient prior to the hearing.
It is normal practice when selecting members to sit on the tribunal to try, as far as possible, to select members who live within reasonable distance of the hospital where the hearing is to take place. It is, however, often necessary to ask members to travel to more distant hospitals.
Please note that if you apply for both positions you could potentially be appointed to both positions. Please note whilst there is no guarantee, for Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales, a Member would expect to be offered a minimum of 15 sitting days per year and for the Health Education and Social Care Chambers, members can expect to make themselves available for 30 days per year to Tribunal business (including a minimum of 20 sitting days).
Terms and conditions
HESC MH terms and conditions
MHRT Wales terms and conditions
Combined job description
To be considered for appointment you must meet the eligibility requirements. As we will not be assessing eligibility until the shortlisting stage, it is your responsibility, and in your own interest, to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting an application.
To be eligible for appointment as a Fee-paid Medical Member you must be a registered medical practitioner.
“Registered medical practitioner” means a fully registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983 whether or not they hold a licence to practise under the Act.
Registration must be with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK. You must be registered before you apply for this selection exercise.
Additional Selection Criteria
The Lord Chancellor also requires that candidates’ registration with the GMC must be unconditional.
Conditional registration is where the doctor has either been issued with a warning or has been referred to a Fitness to Practice Panel or has any restrictions imposed upon their registration with the GMC.
In addition to the above, candidates must have held a full-time or part-time appointment as a consultant psychiatrist for at least three years one of which should normally be within the last five years; and have membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists at any of the following levels:
c) Specialist associate
The three year period will be counted up to the time the JAC makes selection recommendations to the Appropriate Authority in July 2018.
Candidates must be either a UK citizen or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland at the time of application.
There is no upper or lower age limit for candidates apart from the statutory retirement age of 70. However, the age at which someone is appointed as fee-paid Medical Member must allow for a reasonable length of service before retirement. For HESC, this is usually 5 years, and for MHRT Wales, it is usually 3 years.
The Commission will make the decision as to whether a candidate will be able to provide a reasonable length of service.
MHRT Wales operates independently of government, staff of the Welsh Government may have a conflict of interest if they make an application. If you have any queries relating to whether you have a conflict of interest please contact HeadofWelshTribunals@wales.gsi.gov.uk.
A fee-paid member is precluded from serving concurrently as a Member of Parliament. For further details please refer to the terms and conditions.
Launch: 13:00 on Tuesday 23 January 2018
Close for applications: 13:00 on Tuesday 13 February 2018
Outcome of shortlisting issued: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Independent assessments requested: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Deadline for the receipt of independent assessments: Wednesday 2 May 2018
Selection days: Wednesday 16 May to Wednesday 30 May 2018
Outcome of the selection day issued: Mid August 2018
Please read the competency framework for the roles before making your application.
Completing your application
When applying, click on the green 'Apply' button on the Fee-paid Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health and the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales page. If you already have an account, select ‘log in to an existing account’. If you do not already have an account select ‘Create new account’. Please complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate. Applications must be submitted by 13:00 on 13 February 2018.
The self-assessment section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post. You must provide examples and evidence of why you feel your skills and experience are transferable into the post to enable you to perform effectively in the role. You should link your examples to the competencies required for the and have regard to the job description. The self-assessment should not simply be a reiteration of your career history.
Please ensure that you read the competencies for the post and the job description before making your application. There are 5 competencies in total which list the behaviours of a Medical Member who is performing the role effectively, but only 2 of these will be tested at the shortlisting stage as detailed below.
When applying, you will only be required to provide evidence against the following 2 competencies:
- Exercising Judgement
- Possessing and Building Knowledge
Please provide a different example to demonstrate the 2 competencies. For each, describe what the situation was, what your specific role was and the outcome. Please be concise as you are limited to no more than 250 words for each competency.
Guidance on completing the candidate self-assessment, including tips on how to choose the best examples, is available.
Shortlisting is by way of a paper sift, taking into account the information contained in your application, specifically the 2 competencies detailed above and your career history.
More information about sifts
Feedback reports on previous tests and sifts
If you are successful after shortlisting, you will be invited to complete a self-assessment for the remaining 3 competencies:
- Assimilating and Clarifying Information
- Working and Communicating with Others
- Managing Work Efficiently
Candidates will be requested to provide this evidence when notified of the outcome of shortlisting on Wednesday 18 April. Deadline for submission will be Wednesday 2 May. Candidates who do not submit the additional competency information by this deadline will not proceed to selection day.
If you are shortlisted your independent assessors will be approached before selection days takes place. The evidence they provide will inform decisions during the selection process. Assessments should provide evidence that you have the competencies relevant to this role. Please read the independent assessments guidance before completing your application.
Independent Assessments will be requested on Wednesday 18 April and must be returned by Wednesday 2 May. Late independent assessments may not be considered, therefore you are advised to notify your independent assessors in advance that you intend to apply.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your independent assessors will be by email; it is therefore, imperative that the details are correct to avoid any delays in your independent assessors being contacted.
Please note that due to the NHS IT security settings, emails from non NHS accounts may be blocked. If your independent assessor(s) are currently employed by the NHS, please ensure that you provide an alternative email address for them.
Whilst there are 4 boxes for independent assessors details you must provide details for 2 only; do not provide any more than 2. Depending on whether you already hold judicial office or not will determine the category/categories of assessors you must nominate as follows:
If you are a salaried judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of two judicial referees/independent assessors
If you are a fee-paid judicial office holder, you will need to provide details of one judicial referee/independent assessor and one professional assessor from the list below
If you do not currently hold a judicial office, you will need to provide details of two professional referees/independent assessors from the list below
- if you are employed, your line manager or equivalent
- if you are a consultant or hospital-based medical practitioner, the Medical or Clinical Director of the hospital where you work
- if you are in a partnership, another member of the partnership
- if you are self-employed, a Member, Fellow or Specialist Associate of the Royal College of Psychiatrists who is familiar with your work
Please do not nominate a JAC Commissioner as an independent assessor. If you have any queries about who to nominate as your independent assessor, please contact the JAC to discuss further.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a selection day in either London or Manchester between Wednesday 16 May and Wednesday 30 May. We will not be able to accommodate selection days outside of this period. Please indicate your preferred interview location and availability on the application form. Where possible we will take into account your preference; however, we cannot guarantee you will be offered a selection day at your preferred location.
The selection day for this exercise will comprise situational questioning and a competency-based interview. If you have applied for both posts you are only required to attend one selection day. Further details about the selection day will be sent with the invitation to attend.
The overall assessment made by the panel is provided to the Commission when they make their selection decisions.
More information about selection day, including interviews
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that candidates with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage. We will also consider making reasonable adjustments for those suffering from short-term injury or temporary illness. Details can be found in the JAC's reasonable adjustments policy.
The JAC is required to carry out character checks on all candidates whom it intends to consider for appointment. This requires your signed consent.
A signed copy of the consent form should be completed and returned to email@example.com by 13:00 on 2 May 2018.
Failure to declare any matters that come to light from the JAC's checks may prejudice the outcome of your application. Please read the good character guidance before applying. You may update the character section of your JAC profile at any time. This is your continuing responsibility throughout the process for any matter that may arise up to the point of appointment.
Equal merit provision
In line with its published policy, the Commission will apply the equal merit provision to this exercise. If the Commission, sitting as the Selection and Character Committee, considers two or more candidates to be of equal merit, a candidate may be selected for the purpose of increasing judicial diversity. The Committee will use the provision based on the data declared by candidates in the diversity part of their online application.
The relevant datasets that will be used to identify any under-representation are taken from the 2011 Census, detailed Characteristics, England and Wales (ONS 2012) and the diversity statistics showing the background of non-legal tribunal members (as of 1 April 2017), based upon primary appointment, as published on the Judiciary website.
The population of the United Kingdom ('usual residents') aged 25-74 that are women is 50.4%, while BAME is 11.3%. The proportion of non-legal tribunal members that are women is 49% and of those who declared their ethnicity 16% declared they were from a BAME background.
Diversity information for previous selection exercises is available through the JAC's official statistics pages.
The Selection and Character Committee will consider which candidates to recommend to the Appropriate Authority as set out in the Judicial Appointment Regulations 2013.
For this exercise, the Appropriate Authority for MHRT Wales will be the Lord Chancellor who will consult with Welsh Ministers. For HESC, the Appropriate Authority will be the Senior President of Tribunals. The Appropriate Authority can accept or reject a recommendation, or ask the Commission to reconsider. The Appropriate Authority may not select an alternative candidate.
When considering the candidates to recommend for appointment, the Commission will consider all the information gathered, which includes the overall assessment report from the selection panel. For MHRT Wales, the Commission will also consider statutory consultation comments.
Outcome of the exercise
We will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by mid August 2018.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within 6 weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within 6 weeks.
There will be a 2-day residential induction course. Further details including dates will be provided in due course.
If you have any questions regarding this role or your application, please contact a member of the selection exercise team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean Conway: Selection Exercise Team Manager, 020 3334 6710
Christine Holtz: Selection Exercise Team, 020 3334 6854
Hayley Devine: Senior Selection Execise Manager, 020 3334 6601