Location: London or Leeds, office-based only
Grade: B - £37,321 (National) or £42,050 (London)
2 x permanent vacancies and up to 3 x 12-month fixed-term contracts
** Please note that we have a flexible working policy and therefore have both, full-time and part time vacancies **
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.
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 your experience and 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 or within the Public Sector.
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.
We are also particularly keen to hear from lawyers who have experience defending Judicial Review claims; undertaking criminal prosecutions, including having a solid track-record of advocacy experience; or with experience of undertaking cases before the First-tier Tribunal.
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 across Legal Services.
Underpinning all of this, we expect you be committed to CQC’s values of Excellence, Caring, Integrity and Teamwork.
Closing date for applications: 15th January 2018 at 12 noon
Interview date: TBC
External Candidate Information
• Please provide referee details for a full 3 year employment history on your application along with relevant information to support any gaps in employment, we will not approach your referees without your prior consent.
• Please note that if you have not heard from us within 6 weeks of this vacancy closing, you can assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
• Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications being received across all of our vacancies, we are unable to provide individual feedback at application stage.
• We must also inform you that, in line with the majority of government organisations, we do not pay travelling expenses for interviewees.
CQC are currently not able to accept applications from anyone requiring Tier 2 sponsorship because there are currently no Tier 2 vacancies.