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    Posted On 21 Mar 2013 by Parent views count

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    Open for application: 00542 Fee-paid Disability Member of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)

    Reference: 00542
    Number of vacancies: 145
    Fees: £192 per day
    Locations: across England (South East, North West, North East, Eastern, Central and South West regions) and Scotland and Wales
    Closing date for applications: noon on 15 April 2013

    Opportunities are available for individuals who work with people with disabilities in a professional or voluntary capacity, as a carer or have disabilities themselves, to work with judges in ensuring the right decisions are made in benefit appeal cases involving disability.

    The role

    Your role will be to sit as a judicial office holder in the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber, working on a panel, with a judge and a medically qualified member. Together, you will analyse the evidence, consider the facts, applying the relevant law and contributing to the provision of a reasoned written judgement prepared by the Tribunal Judge.

    You will be needed for a minimum of 15 days per year hearing cases at the tribunal, with the option for significantly more work.

    Tribunal hearings are normally held on week days and you would not be needed for more than three days in any one week. You will be appointed to a primary venue close to your home and a secondary venue to be agreed with the tribunal. You will need to attend the tribunal in person, carers can also be present, and reasonable adjustments will be made for members with disabilities. There is flexibility around the dates you will be required for hearings and personal circumstances and commitments will be accommodated wherever possible.

    Initial and ongoing training is provided. To find out more about the roles, you can read two case studies on existing Disability Panel Members, Catharine Seddon and Barry Brooks.

    The tribunal

    The tribunal mainly deals with appeals against decisions about social security benefits, including Disability Living Allowance.
    To find out more about the tribunal, visit http://www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/sscs

    The person

    You do not need to be legally qualified. You will need to be experienced in dealing with the physical or mental needs of people with disabilities through working with them in a professional or voluntary capacity, as a carer or because you have disabilities.

    If you are working with individuals with disabilities you need actual involvement in dealing with the disability, not simply advising on disability issues such as welfare benefits. This would include, but not be limited to, those trained as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, community psychiatric nurses, nurses and social workers working with individuals with disabilities and not just the elderly. Voluntary work must also involve actively working with people with disabilities to assist them in respect of their disability and must be a significant commitment.

    The definition of having disabilities is wider than having a physical or mental impairment. It may include those who qualify for Disability Living Allowance, including those who have lost limbs or have conditions that preclude them from walking, such as polio or severe arthritis; those with sight or hearing impairment and those with a debilitating disease such as Crohn's disease.

    These roles are not open to registered medical practitioners (i.e doctors).

    Following the announcement on 12 December of the Department for Work and Pensions' revised timetable for the introduction of the Personal Independence Payment, and in particular for the reassessment of the current Disability Living Allowance caseload, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service has reviewed the requirements of the recruitment campaign for Disability Members.

    Full information is available on the JAC website.

     
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