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Medical Member - Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

Reference:3936 

Remuneration:£422.71 per day 

Location:Scotland 

Closing date:02 July 2021 at midnight 

Role description


This is a rewarding role where you can make a real difference to people’s lives.  We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment and who wish to support the delivery of justice in Scotland.


The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (MHTS) is responsible for making, and reviewing, orders for the detention and compulsory care and treatment of people in Scotland with a mental disorder.  The tribunal also deals with applications for an order that a person is being detained in conditions of excessive security or is unlawfully detained.


Successful candidates will be appointed by the Scottish Ministers, subject to the provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.


Person Specification - Medical Member


You are eligible to apply for the role of medical member if you are fully registered within the meaning of section 55(1) of the Medical Act 1983, whether or not you hold a licence to practise.  Additionally you must either:



  • be a Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; or

  • have a minimum of four years whole time equivalent experience of providing psychiatric services.


Whole time equivalent can be calculated by multiplying the full length of your experience (L) by your hours of employment each week (H), and dividing by hours constituting comparable whole-time employment (W):


Whole time equivalent = L x H / W


Other health professionals may wish to apply to become General Members of the MHTS.


Medical Members will be required to:



  • prepare for hearings by reading the papers and identifying any medical issues;

  • participate fully in the decision making of the three member tribunal panel;

  • explain medical terminology and technicalities and advise other panel members as required;

  • contribute to the panel’s written decision;

  • ensure that parties who are not always represented can fully present their case and have it considered fairly;

  • ensure decisions and any orders of the panel are made efficiently, effectively and fairly.


Experience of and/or a general interest in court or tribunal work would be an advantage.


The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014


Under the provisions of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”), the MHTS will transfer to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Mental Health Chamber and become a jurisdiction of the Scottish Tribunals.  It is expected that this transfer to the Scottish Tribunals structure will take place in 2022.  Appointments occurring prior to the transfer-in date will be subject to the provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.


After the transfer-in date, appointments will become subject to the provisions in the 2014 Act.  This includes a compulsory retirement age, currently 70, as the provisions of section 26 of the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 apply to transferred appointments.


Sift and Interview


The sift will take place week beginning 5th July 2021, with all candidates being informed of the outcome of the sift by no later than 23rd July 2021.  Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 18th, 19th, and 20th August 2021.


Training dates 


Compulsory induction training will be held on 12th, 13th, and 14th January 2022 for those candidates who are successful.  As this training is delivered on a one-off basis, your application will not be progressed if you are unable to attend these training days.  If you are successful, your appointment is conditional on your attendance at all three days of this compulsory training.


How to Apply


To request an application pack, please e-mail: mhts.recruitment@gov.scot.  Please clearly state the type of membership you are interested in (legal, medical or general) and where you heard about the vacancy.


For further information about these posts please contact Harry Merrill on the above email address.


The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 2nd July 2021.  Late applications will not be accepted.


The Scottish Ministers are committed to the principles of appointment on merit through an open, fair, transparent and impartial process.  We invite applications from those with relevant experience, irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief.


If successful you will be required to produce a satisfactory enhanced disclosure certificate, which you will be liable to meet the cost of obtaining.  The cost is currently £25.

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*Please note that this is not a regulated public appointment, therefore the Public Appointments Team are unable to answer any queries in relation to this vacancy, please contact the Board directly*

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