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Deputy Trust Solicitor and Claims Manager - Band 8a

Job Reference: 339-HOS8850

North Bristol NHS Trust
Clinical Governance - Legal
Southmead, Bristol
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.

We are recruiting to the Deputy Trust Solicitor & Claims Manager (Band 8A) role, to replace the current postholder who will be leaving the Trust in April 2018. The role is a full time post, but part time (4 days) will be considered for suitable candidates.

This role is a crucial post and requires the postholder to assist and support the Trust Consultant Solicitor in managing the in-house healthcare legal team.

This role provides essential legal support and advice as part of a dedicated in-house legal service in response to healthcare litigation, clinical negligence, personal injury and staff claims. The role requires the postholder to undertake factual investigation of clinical and non-clinical claims, draft legal documentation taking account of relevant legislation and case law, review evidence for and attend the Coroner’s Court and initiate High Court applications on healthcare matters. It also makes a key contribution to the Trust’s wider improvement through supporting healthcare professionals in response to requests for advice and promoting effective learning from negligence cases, coroners inquests and other matters identified in fulfilling the role.

It also requires excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with a wide cross-section of clinical and non-clinical staff, including members of the Trust Executive team. These skills equally apply in managing the in-house healthcare legal team (in the Trust Consultant solicitor’s absence) and liaising effectively with external organisations, such as panel solicitors and NHS Resolution (formerly the NHSLA).

Applicants must be a fully qualified solicitor/ILEX with a minimum of 3 year’s post qualification experience, specialising in medical negligence and personal injury claims. They must also be a member of the appropriate professional body e.g. Law Society/ Bar Council/ Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX/FILEX) and maintain a current practising certificate/ professional body registration in line with the bodies requirements.

The role reports to the Trust’s Consultant Solicitor & Claims Manager within the in-house healthcare legal team and provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge across a broad portfolio of cases and advisory work, within a busy and supportive working environment.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Natalie Smith (Trust Consultant Solicitor) T: 01174149412

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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