Lay Hearing Panellists and Screening Committee members

We are introducing a new Fitness to Practise procedure as of January 2022 and we are looking to appoint lay members to our Screening Committee and Hearing Panel.

The Screening Committee, consisting of lay and Registrant members, considers around six – ten cases per year and sits virtually in the evenings, as and when required.

The Hearing Panel, sitting as a mixture of lay and Registrant members assisted by a Legal Adviser, may consider up to four cases per year and Hearings last between one and three days in duration.

Training will be provided for both roles.

Screening Committee

We are looking to appoint five lay panel members to our Screening Committee, two of which will take up the position of ‘Chair’. All lay members are expected to read papers in advance of meetings, actively contribute to discussions with the Chair and Registrant members of the Committee and determine how best to dispose of the complaint.

Panellists are required to read and assimilate information in advance of a meeting, exercise judgement when assessing information, work well with others and communicate effectively.

These are voluntary positions except for the two Chairs who will receive £500 per annum in remuneration. The Chairs are responsible for convening meetings and drafting decisions to be approved by the Screening Committee as a whole. Training will be provided.

Hearing Panellists

We are looking to increase our pool of lay panellists sitting on our Fitness to Practise Committee. The Fitness to Practise Committee considers cases referred to them by the Screening Committee concerning allegations of misconduct, deficient professional performance, poor health, convictions and/or decisions of another regulator.

The Fitness to Practise Committee, sitting as a mixture of lay and Registrant members assisted by a Legal Adviser, are required to read papers in advance of Hearings, contribute to Hearing discussions, and reach factual decisions based on the evidence placed before them and determine whether a Registrant’s Fitness to Practise is impaired. Our Hearings can range between one and three days in duration and are currently held online however if in person, would be based in London. Please note that Training will be provided.

Panellists are required to read and assimilate information in advance of, and during the Hearing, exercise judgement when assessing information, work well with others and be able to communicate effectively.

These are currently voluntary positions although all reasonable expenses for attending in-person Hearings will be paid.

Applications for both positions are by way of CV and a short statement of no more than 300 words setting out your reasons for applying and why you feel you would be suitable for the position. Please send your application to the Head of Regulation, Nicola Wheater (Nicola.Wheater@bpc.org.uk)

Within your statement, please indicate whether you are interested in applying for the role of a Hearing Panellist, Screening Committee member or Chair of the Screening Committee or any of the above.

Closing date for applications is 16 November 2021.

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