Grade: B (National £37,321, London £42,003)
Location: London or Leeds
About the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve. We monitor, inspect and regulate services to ensure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care. People work at CQC because they believe we make a positive difference to people’s lives and we have a strong set of values which everyone in CQC helped to develop.
The last two years we have seen changes in the way in which we undertake our work, moving to being directorate based and with the introduction of the Fundamental Standards in 2015.
We have seen an increase in enforcement action such as urgent applications for cancellation or suspension; contentious work, both civil and criminal, including undertaking in-house prosecutions advice and casework under the new regulations as well as an increase in First Tier Tribunal appeals and judicial review matters.
Following a restructure of the Governance & Legal Services directorate, in order to meet this challenge and carry us through the life of the current CQC strategy we are looking to recruit a number of Lawyers to join our Legal Services team.
About the role
As part of the Governance & Legal Services directorate, Lawyers in the Legal Services team provide robust, responsive and expert legal advice and support to CQC, covering all areas of law that potentially impact on the organisation and its work.
As a lawyer within CQC you will be responsible for advising on civil and criminal enforcement matters, undertaking urgent action which may include advocacy; and for prosecuting under our revised criminal prosecution powers as a result of our 2014 Regulations. You will also be responsible for developing strong relations throughout the business, using knowledge to shape legal solutions.
You will be a qualified solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with either 2+ years post qualification experience OR newly qualified with proven substantial experience providing legal advice in a health and social care regulation setting.
You will have an established history of managing caseloads and proven regulatory and enforcement experience; civil and / or criminal. You must be able to quickly adapt to and be able to advise on the work of CQC’s Inspection Directorates and have the ability to undertake urgent action.
You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to secure and maintain the confidence of a range of Commission stakeholders. You will also be able to analyse risk and benefit within a fast-paced environment, and to reassess priorities on a continual basis. Reporting to the Senior Lawyer, you will also be required to support and develop colleagues.
We are also keen to hear from lawyers who have proven experience of undertaking criminal prosecutions, including a solid track-record of advocacy experience. We are increasingly using our prosecution powers and need confident and able lawyers to help us continue to deliver this work.
In addition to this, we are seeking lawyers to work within our Central Legal Services group, providing advice to those areas of the business that sit outside of CQC’s inspection directorates. Are you a confident and able advisory lawyer who can provide complex advice to a range of customers? Do you have proven commercial and procurement experience? If so, we would love to hear from you.
Underpinning all of this, we expect you be committed to CQC’s values of Excellence, Caring, Integrity and Teamwork.
Closing date: 12.00 noon, 31st July 2017
Interviews for these posts are scheduled to take place in London and Leeds week of 14th – 18th August 2017