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Senior Clinical Lead Legal Services and Mental Capacity

Band 8b

Main area
Legal Services
Grade
Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
308-CORP-2288
Site
LAS HQ
Town
London
Salary
£63,541 - £72,639 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
04/10/2022 23:59

London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.

 

We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.

 

In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.

 

By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.

Job overview

This is a key role supporting legal services through the provision of clinical advice and support on the handling of problematic inquests, clinical negligence and public liability claims, representing the Trust at Inquests and external meetings, and linking together clinical claims, inquests with claimants and incidents.  The Senior Clinical Lead Legal Services and Mental Capacity will also be the Trust’s Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Lead, ensuring Trust compliance with MCA legislation and standards.

This role will advise the Trusts Head of Legal Services Claims and Inquests Managers, Consultant Paramedic and Chief Medical Officer on whether the Trust may have acted in breach of its duty of care.  They will represent the Trust at Inquests and attend Case Management and other conferences on behalf of the Trust, and report to the Consultant Paramedic.

Working closely with senior managers for control services, LAS111 and operational sectors the role holder will prepare clinical opinion / statement for problematic inquests and clinical negligence claims.  Offer support and feedback in pre-inquest meetings to LAS staff called to give evidence when appropriate.  Analyse clinical compliance and standards in relation to patient safety outcomes, performance targets, strategic objectives, business plans and advise in areas where expert opinion differs, this includes highly complex clinical scenarios or situations requiring analysis interpretation and comparison of a range of options.

The Senior Clinical Lead Legal Services and Mental Capacity will provide expert clinical input into educational programmes and deliver specialist teaching sessions to clinical staff.  Interpreting and advising on local and national clinical policies seeking advice as necessary.  

Main duties of the job

Representing the Trust at Inquests
Providing written clinical opinion
Interpreting and advising on local and national clinical policies
Mental Capacity Act Lead
Consult on breach of duty of care with Head of Legal Services, Chief Medical Officer, Consultant Paramedic and Inquest Managers
Analyse clinical compliance and standards
Provide expert clinical input into educational programmes

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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Name
Mark Faulkner
Job title
Consultant Paramedic
Email address
mark.faulkner4@nhs.net