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Fee-paid Medical Members First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health)

Closing date:  27 November, 2019 - 13:00

Open for applications: 13 November 13:00

Salary: the daily fee is £497.76. If a patient examination is required, medical members receive an additional fee of £183.00

Location: across England

The JAC has been asked to identify up to 80 candidates to recommend for the post of Fee-paid Medical Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Health Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health)

About the tribunal

The Health Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health) is 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.

Tribunals are composed of three members; one legal member, one medical member and one specialist lay member. Tribunal hearings are usually held in private and most take place in hospitals. During the hearing, medical members are required to advise on and explain medical terminology and technicalities; to question the patient's doctor in relation to the patient's history, progress, treatment, prognosis and future care and to question other witnesses as agreed amongst the panel; and to participate fully in the decision making after the hearing has concluded, including contributing to the drafting of the decision.

As and when required, medical members may also be required to examine the patient prior to a hearing.

You can find out more about the role in this case study written by a current medical member of the tribunal, Dr Nisha Shah.

Who can apply

To be eligible to apply candidates must have unconditional registration with the General Medical Council as a fully registered medical practitioner.

Candidates must also 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:

  • Member
  • Fellow
  • Specialist associate

A licence to practice is not required.

About the appointment

Vacancies are available across England. Members are expected to make themselves available to the tribunal for at least 20 days a year.

The daily fee is £497.76. If a patient examination is required, medical members will receive an additional fee of £183.00.

The selection process

This exercise launched on 13 November 2019.

Candidates will complete a short online application. There will be no requirement to complete a self-assessment or submit a curriculum vitae.

Depending on the number of applications, candidates may be requested to undertake an online test.

The selection day process will consist of Situational Questions, which will be given to candidates on the day, followed by a short competency based interview.

Further information

For further information and an informal discussion contact Dr Joan Rutherford, Chief Medical Member

Check the JAC website regularly for updates and sign up for alerts to receive email notifications concerning the progress of the exercise up to launch.