Grade: A - £49,966 (National) or £54,648 (London)
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 Senior Lawyers to join our Legal Services team.
About the role
Senior Lawyers in the Legal Services team ensure that decisions taken by the CQC are legally robust by identifying legal risks early and working with Directorates and teams to ensure that these are managed appropriately. You will also be responsible for providing solutions-focused legal advice and guidance throughout CQC.
As a Senior Lawyer within CQC you will lead a team of legal professionals and work across the Legal Services function to deliver legal advice and guidance throughout CQC. You will also be responsible for developing strong relations throughout the business, using knowledge to shape legal solutions.
We currently have opportunities across our three legal teams of Regulatory, Commercial and Procurement and Litigation Prosecution Inquest. If you have knowledge and experience across any of these three areas we would love to hear from you! Please state your preference of team in your application matching your skills and experience to your preferred role.
You will be a qualified solicitor, barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with either 5+ years post qualification experience OR 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 a Legal Manager, you will also be required to line manage, lead and develop a team of legal professionals. Demonstrating the ability to coach and to support team members to ensure you create an effective and motivated team.
You will offer a flexible approach, with the ability to develop solution on complex problems when they arise.
Underpinning all of this, we expect you be committed to CQC’s values of Excellence, Caring, Integrity and Teamwork.
For further information and to apply, please visit our website.
Closing date for applications: 12.00 noon, 2nd October 2017
Interviews for these posts are scheduled to take place in London and Leeds on 12th and 13th October 2017.