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Deputy Trust Solicitor - Band 8A

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Healthcare Legal Team
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 month duration
Full time: 37.5 hour per week
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Southmead Hospital
£44,606- £50,819 per annum
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We are recruiting to the Deputy Trust Solicitor & Claims Manager (Band 8A) role, to replace the current postholder who will be leaving the Trust in May 2020. The role is a full time post.

The position is offered as a 12 month contract with expectations this will extend, or be made permanent as part of a longer term plan within the team.

This role is crucial  and requires the postholder to support the Trust Consultant Solicitor in managing the in-house healthcare legal team as well as the provision of professional legal expertise as set out below.

This role provides essential legal support and advice as part of a dedicated in-house legal service in response to healthcare litigation, clinical negligence, personal injury and staff claims. It requires the postholder to undertake factual investigation of clinical and non-clinical claims, draft legal documentation taking account of relevant legislation and case law, review evidence for and attend the Coroner’s Court and initiate High Court applications on healthcare matters.

It also makes a key contribution to the Trust’s wider quality governance improvement work through supporting healthcare professionals in response to requests for advice and promoting effective learning from negligence cases, coroners inquests and other matters identified in fulfilling the role.

It requires excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with a wide cross-section of clinical and non-clinical staff, including members of the Trust Executive team. These skills equally apply in managing the in-house healthcare legal team (in the Trust Consultant solicitor’s absence) and liaising effectively with external organisations, such as panel solicitors and NHS Resolution (formerly the NHSLA).

Applicants must be a fully qualified solicitor/ILEX with a minimum of 3 year’s post qualification experience, specialising in medical negligence and personal injury claims. They must also be a member of the appropriate professional body e.g. Law Society/ Bar Council/ Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX/FILEX) and maintain a current practising certificate/ professional body registration in line with the bodies requirements.

The role reports to the Trust’s Consultant Solicitor & Claims Manager within the in-house healthcare legal team and provides an excellent opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge across a broad portfolio of cases and advisory work, within a busy and supportive working environment.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to explore this in more detail, please speak to: Paul Cresswell (Associate Director of Quality Governance)

T: 0117 4140730 or 07841 866177