Director of Appeals (Specialist List) Associate

Salary: £600 per full day

Location: Homebased – Travel to London as required

Contract: Self Employed

The General Dental Council (GDC) is the UK-wide statutory regulator of the dental profession. We protect patients by ensuring all dentists and Dental Care Professionals (DCP) are qualified, competent, and registered with us. We are currently seeking a Director of Appeals for our Specialist list on a self-employed basis.

The role of the GDC’s Specialist List Appeal Panel is to consider appeals from dentists who have been refused entry to the GDC’s Specialist Lists (which show expertise in distinctive branches of dentistry) after consideration by an Assessment Panel. This work is undertaken in accordance with The General Dental Council (Specialist List) Appeals Regulations 2009.

The role of the Director of Appeals is central to the management of the programme of appeals as well as the chairing of individual hearings and the production of the final decision document.

We are looking for an individual with not less than 10-years general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the Court and Legal Services Act 1990. 

The individual must be able to demonstrate substantial experience as a Legal Assessor/Adviser, Legally Qualified Chair of a Tribunal, or Recorder.  

They must also be able to demonstrate experience of professional regulation and an understanding of the UK’s healthcare system including training routes and governing law and regulations. 

About you

The role of the Director of Appeals is set out in The General Dental Council (Specialist List) Appeals Regulations 2009.

The key tasks are as follows:

  • Ensuring the impartiality of the appeal system.
  • Arranging for appeals to be determined promptly.
  • Undertaking any pre-hearing case management needed including issuing of directions to parties.
  • Chairing the appeal hearings including the panel discussion and write the decision and reasons agreed by the panel.
  • Taking part in any other Appeal Panel business as envisaged by the Regulations and/or current practice (for example appointment of panellists/chairs/advisers, reviewing decisions, taking part in training, feedback and development activity).

Time commitment

  • Hearings usually last one day.
  • In the first year, the commitment required is likely to be between 10 and 15 days of discrete one-day hearings (plus reasonable associated reading and preparation time).
  • The time requirement may reduce after that point.
  • Preparation time for each hearing usually amounts to one day’s preparation work. After the hearing, the Director of Appeals will work with the panel to produce a final written decision (determination). This may be completed on the day of the hearing but in the case of a virtual hearing will be completed at the earliest possible opportunity, usually the following day or next working day.

How to Apply 

For further details about the role and to apply please click here

Please upload your CV and complete the supporting statement section, evidencing how you meet the 5 competencies below and the person specification, in particular those identified for chairs outlined in blue, on pages 2 and 3 of the role profile: 

  • Working within a legislative framework
  • Analytical and decision-making skills
  • Collaborative and professional communication skills
  • Integrity and respect
  • Teamwork

Your answer to each of the competencies should include a header and be no longer than 300 words per header.

Closing date: 23:59 on 12 November 2023

The GDC is committed to equality and diversity and as such we welcome applications from all sections of the communities that we serve.  We particularly welcome applications from people from different ethnicity, age, minority groups, disabilities, who meet the essential criteria. 

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