Lawyer (Investigations and Screening) – Nursing and Midwifery Council

1 x Fixed term Contract until March 2022

1 x Fixed Term Contract until April 2022

1 x Fixed term Contract until June 2022

1 x Fixed term Contract until July 2022

Full-Time

1 x Permanent, Full-Time

Salary:  London – £48,942 – £57,579 per annum plus benefits

              Edinburgh – £45,570 – £53,685 per annum plus benefits

Location: London & Edinburgh

We’re currently working remotely due to the pandemic, but we’re planning for a return to hybrid working by September. We’re working with our teams to plan this, and for most roles this will mean a mix of office based and remote working.

Currently remote working, with an option to attend the office.

Working life doesn’t always have to be ‘nine to five’ and we support flexible working wherever possible. Please chat to our resourcing team about the flexibility we could offer for this role.

We are continuing to review our ways of working, and our return to our offices in the coming months will be gradual and considered, we don’t quite know what this will look like yet but the well-being of our teams will be our primary focus as well as moving forward with incorporating remote working into our future.

About us

Our vision is safe, effective and kind nursing and midwifery that improves everyone’s health and wellbeing. As the professional regulator of more than 725,000 nursing and midwifery professionals, we have an important role to play in making this a reality.

Our core role is to regulate. First, we promote high professional standards for nurses and midwives across the UK, and nursing associates in England. Second, we maintain the register of professionals eligible to practise. Third, we investigate when nursing or midwifery care goes wrong – something that affects less than one percent of professionals each year.

To regulate well, we support our professions and the public. We create resources and guidance that are useful throughout people’s careers, helping them to deliver our standards in practice and address new challenges. We also support people involved in our investigations, and we’re increasing our visibility so people feel engaged and empowered to shape our work.

Regulating and supporting our professions allows us to influence health and social care. We share intelligence from our regulatory activities and work with our partners to support workforce planning and sector-wide decision making. We use our voice to speak up for a healthy and inclusive working environment for our professions.

Check out our NMC LinkedIn page here for an insight into the NMC, our vacancies and the world of healthcare regulation  

About the role

Investigations – You don’t have to have experience of Professional Regulation to join our team, we welcome lawyers with all types of backgrounds and experiences. We are looking for lawyers who will be an asset to the investigators they are there to support. You will primarily be providing advice to investigators, so you need to be able to explain sometimes complex law in a simple and understandable way. You will be responsible for helping the investigators make the right investigative decisions, and gather evidence of sufficient quality. Throughput and quality are both equally important to the investigations team. Evidence of productivity, sound judgement, and leadership skills will be needed to demonstrate that you could be a successful investigations lawyer. The role will suit someone who is happy working autonomously, but also enjoys supporting more junior staff members and helping them to improve. We are looking for someone who will take pride in helping their team achieve good results, which in turn will mean that we better protect the public. We are open to employing lawyers who want to work flexibly. Please contact Kabir Siddiqui on Tel: 020 7681 5607 Email: Kabir.Siddiqui@nmc-uk.org to discuss your needs before you make any application.

Specialist Services – We are looking for a highly-motivated and organised lawyer to provide legal advice and support to the operational teams on high profile and complex cases across the fitness to practise process. You will be involved in advising on a range of issues including admissibility of evidence and evidence collation, identification and assessment of risk and the requirement for an interim order hearing and providing disclosable summaries for media briefings. The successful lawyers must provide evidence of strong analytical skills, capable organisation, and an ability to competently plan and coordinate with colleagues/team members.

Skills & Experience

  • You’ll have a current practising certificate (for either England and Wales or Scotland)
  • Evidence of providing legal advice in a high pressured environment
  • An ability to think about the ‘big picture’ as well as the detail – we’re looking for someone who can make sensible, pragmatic decisions
  • Evidence of commitment to motivating and coaching more junior members of staff
  • Excellent written, oral and presentations skills.
  • Focused approach to delivering results by working to tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated – we need someone with initiative who takes pride in the quality of their work and always strives to improve.
  • Experience of collaborative working with other teams.
  • Experience of working in a politically sensitive environment and dealing with high profile sensitive issues.
  • You will be able to demonstrate commitment and understanding of our values of Fairness, Kindness, Ambition and Collaboration.

Professional Regulation New Ways of Working

We are changing the way we do things. We are currently in the implementation stage of our new ways of working. This work will move us towards a process that supports better patient care by encouraging openness and learning.

We are putting people at the heart of our new ways of working. We understand for many people making a complaint to us, can be stressful and uncomfortable. That is why we are improving our current processes and providing information on the support that is available for patients, service users and families with our dedicated public support service.

Moving to our new ways of working will allow us to be a compassionate, fair and transparent regulator. We will aim to make the best decision, to enable better, safer care for people in the future at the earliest opportunity.

Why work for the NMC?

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to recruit the right people in the right places and we value the contribution they make to the success of our organisation. We live and breathe our values of Fairness, Kindness, Ambition and Collaboration and we incorporate these values into everything we do. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. To find out further information, please look at our benefits page.

To apply

For more information about the role please read the job description and the person specification here.

To apply please please click here, where you will be taken through our application process and asked to submit your experience in line with the criteria detailed in our person specification, the job description and advert. Please note, we do not accept incomplete applications or CV’s as part of our application process.

For any application related queries please contact recruitment@nmc-uk.org

Closing date for completed applications: 21st October 2021 23:59

Interview Date: 03rd & 04th November 2021

Please note, if we receive a high level of applications, we may choose to close this advert early. We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Interviews will be held on a virtual basis and this will include a video interview, and possible telephone interview and/or on-line assessments. Again, all details of this will be given to you if you are shortlisted for the role.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority, so if you become unwell during the process we would appreciate receiving an update as soon as possible. You will also have the opportunity to make us aware of any reasonable adjustments needed for your interview upon receiving your interview invite from a member of the resourcing team.

Screening and Vetting

All of our roles are subject to pre-employment checks, we are in the process of introducing a vetting policy, and it is possible that this role may become subject to DBS and further vetting checks in future.

The NMC is an exciting organisation with the ambition to be the leading healthcare regulator. To achieve this, we are working in an agile way that offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds. We are committed to being an inclusive employer.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, pregnancy, maternity, disability, or gender identity.

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