00790: Fee-Paid Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, SSCS

Doctors are needed to sit on tribunals hearing appeals about disability related benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.

Update 29.01.13

The application period for this selection exercise has been slightly extended and the closing date is now noon on 6 February 2013.

Fee: £310-£371 per day
Closing date for applications: noon 6 February 2013
Locations: vacancies are available across England, Scotland and Wales

The role
The work is fascinating for those who enjoy the interface between medicine and law. It involves working as a team and considering the impact of disability.

One of the great attractions is the flexibility on offer of sitting days based on your availability. Doctors have judicial immunity when sitting as members of the tribunal. The role is particularly suitable for doctors at all stages of their professional careers, whether on a career break, fitting in with caring responsibilities, as part of a portfolio career or looking towards retirement. Full training will be given to the successful candidates.

If you are interested and would like to observe a tribunal, please contact Lucy Slevin on 0115 934 2840. You can also read a case study on an existing Medical Member of the Social Entitlement Chamber on the JAC website

The Tribunal
The Social Entitlement Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal hears appeals with a medical component concerning benefit decisions made by the Department for Work and Pensions.

These include:
Disability Living Allowance
Employment and Support Allowance / incapacity benefit
Benefit for industrial injury or disease
Recovery of benefit from compensation for injury, and recovery of NHS charges
Vaccine damage payments (although these are uncommon)

Allocation to sit on cases involving industrial injury or disease is usually limited to medical practitioners with relevant specialist knowledge such as orthopaedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists and chest physicians.

Medical Members use their professional expertise to analyse the medical evidence provided, to advise other members of the tribunal and to help decide appeals by considering the facts and applying the relevant law.  In some cases relating to industrial injury or disease, it may be necessary for medical members to carry out a medical examination at the hearing.

To find out more visit http://www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/sscs

The person
Applications are welcomed from registered medical practitioners.

Key terms and conditions
The appointment is subject to an upper age limit of 70 years with a reasonable length of service of three years.
An appointment is for a (renewable) period of five years, subject to the upper age limit.
Medical Members are required to be available to sit for a minimum of 15 days a year and to attend up to three training days in addition. Many members currently sit at levels significantly higher than the minimum, but are free to decline to do so should other commitments make this impracticable.

To the right of this page, you can find a job description, a statement of the full eligibility criteria for the role and the terms and conditions of employment. You will also find an application form and an information pack, describing the selection process, with dates of the shortlisting and selection days, and advice on how to prepare your application.