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This role is not open to a current chair, member (other than a member of an NHS Foundation Trust), director, governor or employee of an NHS Body; a chair or member of the governing body of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); or an elected member or employee of a social services authority. However, those who have formerly held such a position are eligible to apply.
NHS England is seeking a number of people to be responsible for chairing independent reviews (IRPs) requested by individuals and their representatives about their eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare. The reviews are conducted by an independent panel comprising the Chair and representatives from a CCG and a local authority.
A National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS funded Nursing Care is in place and the review panels work within this framework www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-framework-for-nhs-continuing-healthcare-and-nhs-funded-nursing-care NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of ongoing care for adults that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS where the person has been found to have a primary health need. The key task of a review panel is to review the eligibility decision and/or the procedure followed by the CCG in reaching that decision.
You must have a genuine interest in healthcare and demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills. You will provide clear leadership to the panel, possess well-developed analytical skills and demonstrate sound judgement in complex and sensitive cases. You will be capable of securing the confidence of all parties during a review, modelling a collaborative and compassionate style of working focused on achieving evidence-based outcomes and a constructive experience for people and their families in line with the National Framework. The Chair is required to be involved in the production of written reports following IRPs.
You will need an understanding of how health and social care services for older people and other vulnerable care groups have developed in recent years.
The fee paid will depend upon the number of cases assigned to a Chair at any given time. In addition to the fee for work undertaken, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed, in line with NHS England policy.
The initial appointment will be for a period of three years and will be subject to annual review.
The IRPs are co-ordinated by the four regions of NHS England (South, London, North, Midlands and East), therefore it is expected that applicants will be resident in, or live close to the region that they apply to. Flexibility to travel across the relevant region is essential and there may be the requirement to travel to London for national meetings.
For more information about the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an information pack. Please quote reference NHSE 1077 in the subject of your email.
Closing date: 26 January 2014.