The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is now inviting applications for the posts of:
Fee-paid Medical Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Health Education and Social Care Chamber, Mental Health, and Fee-paid Medical Member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales.
Number of vacancies: Up to 50 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).
Launch date for applications: 13:00 on 10 February 2016
Closing date for applications: 13:00 on 24 February 2016
Location: HESC covers England only and MHRT covers Wales only.
Salary: HESC: £469 per day plus £177.50 per patient examined.
MHRT Wales: £469 per day plus £174 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 Tribunals cover the whole of England and Wales. Tribunal hearings, which consist of a judge, a medical member and a 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. You will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 days a year per role to Tribunal business.
Terms and conditions:
HESC MH Terms & Conditions
MHRT Wales Terms and Conditions
Combined Job Description.
General advice about the application process is available, along with advice on completing the candidate self-assessment.
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.
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.
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, usually for HESC it is five years and for MHRT Wales it is three 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, Members of Welsh Government staff will therefore be conflicted. If you have any queries relating to whether you will be conflicted 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.
Please read the Competency Framework for the roles before making your application.
The following links are case studies of individuals previously selected for this role. Reading these is a useful way of finding out more about the skills needed.
Launch: 13:00 on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
Closing date for applications: 13:00 on Wednesday 24 February 2016.
Outcome of the shortlisting issued: 15 March 2016.
References requested: 15 March 2016.
Deadline for the receipt of references: 29 March 2016.
Selection days: 11 – 21 April 2016.
Outcome of the selection day issued: end July 2016.
Your online application plays an important part in the selection process, you must complete all required sections, ensuring the information you provide is clear and accurate.
Please ensure that you read the competencies for the post and the job description before making your application. There are five competencies in total which list the behaviours of a Medical Member who is performing the role effectively, only two of these will be tested at the shortlisting stage as detailed below.
The self-assessment section of the application is your opportunity to tell us about the experience and knowledge you have for the post against the following two competencies:
- Assimilating and Clarifying Information
- Working and Communicating with Others
Please provide a different clinical example to demonstrate that you meet each of the two competencies. For each, describe what the clinical 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.
You are also required to email your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to email@example.com by 13:00 on Wednesday 24 February 2016. This is a further opportunity for you to demonstrate to us the experience you have for this post.
Your CV must include:
- Career history (including details of length of service),
- Name and address of your current, or most recent, employer (and particulars of work).
- Please ensure your CV is no more than four A4 pages in length.
Your CV will not be considered without your online application.
Because you will include your career history in your CV, you may skip the career history section in the on-line application. When you reach Step 5 of your application you do not need to enter any information. Click ‘Save as draft’, then click ‘Continue application’, and then edit and complete the rest of your application.
Shortlisting is by way of a paper sift, taking into account the information contained in your application, specifically the two competencies detailed above and your CV. Please note that we are unable to provide individual feedback to candidates following the sift.
More information about sifts
Feedback reports on previous tests and sifts
Referees are approached before the selection day takes place and the evidence they provide will inform decisions during the selection process. References should provide evidence that you have the competencies relevant to this role. Please read the reference guidance before completing your application.
References will be requested on 15 March 2016 and must be returned by 29 March 2016. Late references may not be considered, therefore you are advised to notify your referees in advance that you intend to apply.
You must ensure the correct details (title and email addresses) are provided. All correspondence with your referee will be via email; therefore it is imperative you ensure the details are correct to avoid any delays in your referee being contacted.
Whilst there are four boxes for reference details you are only required to provide a maximum of two references. Please ensure you only nominate two referees from the categories 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.
- If you do not currently hold a judicial post, you will need to provide two professional referees, one of whom may be a judge if they are able to provide an assessment of your professional role.
- If you are a fee-paid judge already you will need to provide one judicial referee and one professional referee.
- If you are a salaried judge you will need to provide two judicial referees.
Please do not nominate a JAC Commissioner as a referee. If you have any queries about who to nominate as your referee please contact the JAC to discuss further.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend a selection day in either London, Leeds or Manchester between 11 April and 21 April 2016. 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 a role-play and panel interview where the selection panel will be seeking evidence from you against all the competencies for the post. 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 and role plays
The JAC provides reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled candidates 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 (attached to this page) should be completed and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 April 2016.
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.
Statutory consultation - MHRT Wales only
The JAC is required to consult a person (other than the Appropriate Authority) who has held the office for which the selection is to be made, or who has other relevant experience. For this exercise the JAC will consult with the Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services. The information provided by the Statutory Consultee will be used to inform selection decisions.
More information on statutory consultation
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 the First-tier fee-paid judiciary (as of 1 April 2015), 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 First-tier tribunal that are women is 45% and of those who declared their ethnicity 15% 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
Please note that we will issue results by email to all those interviewed at the same time. We hope this will be by end July 2016.
If you are not successful following the selection day, you can request written feedback. You should make this request within six weeks of the email informing you that you have not been successful. We will aim to respond to your request within six weeks.
There will be a two 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 email@example.com.
Fareena Baksh - Selection Exercise Team Manager
Telephone: 0203 334 6374
Daisy Henry - Selection Exercise Team
Telephone: 0203 334 6854