Salary: £42,548 – £50,055
Hours: Full time
If you are a qualified lawyer with knowledge of healthcare regulation, this post offers an excellent opportunity to build on your case management and preparation skills.
The General Dental Council has a legal obligation to investigate complaints against registered dental professionals. Cases are first assessed before being examined and referred to an appropriate Practice Committee. The In-House Legal Presentations Service (ILPS) is responsible for investigating, preparing, and presenting referred cases to the Committee, including referrals to the Interim Orders Committee. Each year we investigate hundreds of Fitness to Practice (FTP) complaints. To fulfil our primary purpose of protecting patient safety it is vital that cases reach committees accurately, on time and in a cost-effective manner. The work of ILPS is stimulating, challenging and of great public importance.
As an Assistant Presentation Lawyer, you will conduct a high-volume caseload of the Council’s FTP cases, including those referred to the Interim Orders Committee, carrying out case preparation and case management duties, at pace, accurately and on time. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Drafting detailed case plans including estimating the resources required
- Dealing with and accurately recording all case correspondence
- Determining the evidence required, ensuring it is obtained and commissioning expert evidence as appropriate
- Liaising with defence sides and Hearings and ensuring case management compliance
- Encouraging and supporting more junior team members to develop their knowledge and skills
The successful candidate will be a qualified solicitor, barrister, ILEX qualified or foreign qualified equivalent. In addition to your knowledge of the legal framework relating to healthcare regulation, you will have the ability to handle a high-volume caseload and manage competing priorities effectively, using strong legal analytical skills and judgement.
Our primary purpose is to protect patient safety and maintain public confidence in dental services. To achieve this, we register qualified dental professionals, set standards for the dental team, investigate complaints about dental professionals’ fitness to practise, and work to ensure the quality of dental education.
Our work matters and so do our people. We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion by recruiting and strengthening our teams with team members from different backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints. Equality and diversity are not just words, they are what makes our teams strong and able to deliver. We want to be champions of diversity and to have a sense of belonging in the workplace, where everybody has the chance to contribute and to share what is important to them.
To reward you for your hard work and commitment, we offer an attractive benefits package that includes a generous pension scheme, flexible working and 25 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays.
For more information and to apply please visit https://jobs.gdc-uk.org/vacancies/assistant-presentation-lawyer/