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Senior Chair Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal
The JAC has been asked to identify 1 candidate to recommend as Senior Chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal. This exercise is expected to launch in June.
This is an excellent opportunity for solicitors and barristers with at least 7 years post-qualification experience to apply for a fee-paid leadership post; no previous judicial experience is required.
The tribunal is responsible for determining appeals against enforcement decisions imposed on manufacturers and suppliers in relation to the pricing of, and information relating to, medical supplies pursuant to sections 260 to 264a and 265 of the National Health Service Act 2006.
Those interested in applying for this exercise may wish to note the JAC has also been asked to identify 4 candidates to recommend for the post of Chair of the Health Service Products (Pricing, Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal.
About the role
The Senior Chair will be responsible for the overall judicial administration of the Appeals Tribunal and will provide leadership to the panel of tribunal chairmen and the other members of the tribunal. This will include ensuring suitable training is provided to ensure chairmen and members are able to undertake their roles effectively. They will also be responsible for ensuring procedural consistency, that high standards in decision-making are maintained and that efficiency is achieved in the running of the Appeals Tribunal.
On receiving notice of an appeal, the Senior Chair must assign a chair and appoint two other members of the tribunal to decide the appeal at a hearing in accordance with the relevant regulations. Where the Senior Chair is acting as the chair of an appeal hearing they must:
- prepare for and facilitate discussions at pre-meetings in preparation for hearings
- preparing for hearings, reading papers attentively, identifying key issues, and drawing on expert professional advice as necessary
- chair meetings of the panel at hearings impartially, ensuring all those attending are treated with respect and courtesy, leading discussions and ensuring due process is followed
- take an active part in the deliberations and decision making of the panel at hearings, helping to ensure that the verdict of the panel is sound, based on the relevant facts and presents the reasoning behind the panel’s conclusions
- clearly communicate decisions of the tribunal in writing to the parties
- ensure the appeal hearing achieves its aims by keeping to the agenda and statutory timescales
Who can apply:
Individuals who meet the following requirements will be eligible for appointment:
- Solicitors and barristers in England and Wales who have a 7 year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts And Legal Services Act 1990
- Solicitors in Scotland or Northern Ireland of at least 7 years standing
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