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Fee Paid Specialist Lay Members First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health jurisdiction) and Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales (MHRT Wales).

Number of vacancies: 120

Launch date: 26 March 2020 at 13:00

Closing date: 9 April 2020 at 13:00

Salary: £231.38 per day

Location: 100 vacancies in England and 20 vacancies in Wales

Fersiwn Cymraeg

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) has been asked to identify 100 candidates suitable for selection as Fee Paid Specialist Lay Member of the First-tier Tribunal Health, Education and Social Care for England (HESC) and 20 candidates suitable for selection as Fee Paid Specialist Lay Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales (MHRT).

About the role

The Tribunal comprises three members. One is legally qualified (known as the tribunal judge), one is medically qualified and one is a specialist lay member (the current post). Specialist members assist the Tribunal by using their professional experience and knowledge to examine the evidence, ask questions in the hearings and contribute fully to the decisions of the Tribunal.

A specialist member is called upon to sit and to undertake Tribunal duties as the need arises. The frequency of sittings depends upon the workload of the Tribunal and on the commitments of the office holder. Candidates will normally be expected to offer a minimum of 20 days per year for MHRT Wales and 30 days per year HESC England for tribunal business, together with 2 additional days per year for mandatory annual training.

Most of the hearings have to take place in hospitals. 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.

Who can apply

A person is eligible if they have substantial experience of educational, childcare, health or social care matters. In addition, the Health, Education and Social Care (HESC) Chamber requires candidates to be able to demonstrate an awareness of the range and nature of mental illness and mental disorders at the current time. Further, they must demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of:

  1. The social context and
  2. The proper assessment of risk to the patient and to others.

Candidates must demonstrate a detailed knowledge of their own field of practice. They must also have experience working with those who suffer from mental disorders and substantial knowledge of dealing with assessment, detention, discharge and aftercare. This experience could be from working in hospitals or the community in at least one of the following categories:

  • Practical professional experience of working in the fields of health and social care with particular reference to mental illness
  • Membership of, and / or active engagement with, local or national organizations with particular interest in mental disorder & mental illness in either a professional or voluntary capacity. 

Relevant experience would include, but is not limited to, those with a social work or mental health nursing background in particular, but also those with a background in psychology, teaching, police and probation.

Preparing your application

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