Professional Standards Authority


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  • Job type


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    £34,530 per year (2 days per week)

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  • Expiry date

    12 December 2019

  • Client

    Professional Standards Authority

Ref: GSe59005

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients, service users and the public by raising standards of regulation and voluntary registration of people working in health and care. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament and working with the devolved administration across the UK. We oversee the work of 10 statutory bodies that regulate 1.6 million health professionals across the four countries of the UK and social workers in England. We review the regulators’ performance, and audit and scrutinise their decisions about whether people on their registers are fit to practise. 

Our current Chair, George Jenkins, will step down in April 2020, having served for four years, and you will join us at a critical point when a new UK Government will be beginning its work, giving us opportunities to be at the centre of the implementation of reform of health and social care regulation. It’s a challenging time for the sectors and for how we regulate in systems under pressure, so your personal credibility, strong diplomatic skills and ability to lead the development of our strategy, policy and planning will be central to your work for us. You will inspire and command confidence with our key stakeholders, including the governments and administrations across the United Kingdom, with the statutory and non-statutory regulators we oversee, with representatives of highly diverse patient and professional groups, and with other stakeholders and influencers.

Our new Chair must have the ability to understand the role of regulation in the delivery of professional services, a demonstrable record of leadership in substantial roles and proven chairing and board level experience. An inspiring leader, who has never been a member of any of the professions we provide oversight regulation to, you will show a commitment to upholding standards and ensuring good governance and transparency and will be a visible and motivating leader, exercising diplomacy and sensitivity when required, yet willing to challenge the status quo when needed. You will be an advocate for the Authority’s work. Your integrity, standing and judgement will inspire public confidence in what we do and hold the respect of a diverse range of  professions.

This is a unique and influential role in the high-profile field of health and social care. If you can demonstrate the skills required, we encourage you to apply. The time commitment and remuneration for the Chair is 2 days per week and £34,530 per year.

Closing date5pm, Friday 13th December 2019
Preliminary Interviewsw/c Monday 6th January 2020
Shortlist MeetingThursday 16th or Friday 17th January 2020
Candidate 1-2-1 meetings with PSA CEO w/c Monday 20th January 2020
Final PanelMonday 27th & Tuesday 28th January 2020
How to Apply

To apply for this post, you must submit:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) providing

    -  Your motivation for applying for this role

    -  Evidence and detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can    

       address the Essential criteria in Part 1, Knowledge and Experience section of the

       Person Specification

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name and the details of two referees who can comment on your ability to do the job. Please note, no referees will be contacted without your prior permission.

As part of the online application process, you must also complete

  • A Political Activity questionnaire
  • A Conflict of Interest declaration
  • An online Diversity monitoring form. Here, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer and will not be provided to the panel.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 13 December.

Contact details
Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092