Paralegal

We are seeking a Paralegal to provide support to our fitness to practise (FtP) assessment team. You will help to make sure that fitness to practise cases are assessed and progressed to high standards of quality in an efficient and effective manner, as well as support the work of the wider fitness to practise directorate.

Closing date: 30 June 2022 (12 pm)

Interview dates: TBA

Salary: £30,993 - £35,978 per annum, plus benefits, depending on skills and experience

Location: Canary Wharf, London (hybrid working approach)

Hours: 35 hours per week, from 9.00 to 5.00, Monday to Friday

Follow this link for details on how to apply

The role

This is a newly created Paralegal role within the fitness to practise directorate’s recently expanded initial assessment function. The role is currently being offered on a 12-month fixed term contract, with the possibility to be made permanent to someone who proves to be highly effective in the role.

You will assist with the assessment of newly received concerns, as well as undertake more complex FtP investigations when required. You will also provide paralegal support to both internal and external lawyers, as well as have the opportunity to develop advocacy skills with a view to potentially presenting cases before the Council’s statutory committees. This is an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience at the forefront of fitness to practise. 

The successful applicant will:

  • Assess and progress fitness to practise concerns, including undertaking relevant initial enquiries, as well as handling a portfolio of more complex investigations.
  • Make sure case related risks are appropriately identified, assessed, and managed at both initial assessment as well as on an ongoing basis
  • Interview witnesses and draft witness statements where necessary, draft potential fitness to practise allegations and prepare evidence bundles to the same standards of quality expected by courts.
  • Support with the preparation of cases before statutory committees and, potentially, present cases yourself following appropriate training and development.
  • Build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including registrants and their representatives, whilst always delivering good customer care.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of developments in FtP regulatory case law and best practice, as well as in respect of issues relating to pharmacy.
  • Have an unwavering commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Benefits when joining our team

In return for their commitment and enthusiasm, applicants can expect a rewarding and challenging work environment, good work-life balance and workload plus an excellent benefits package that includes:

  • 30 days holiday (plus bank holidays) with the option to buy an additional 5 days.
  • A choice between two pension providers: NHS pension scheme or Standard Life.
  • Flexible working arrangements including reduced hours and home working.
  • Career breaks and sabbaticals.
  • Subsidised gym membership.
  • Private medical insurance, life assurance, season ticket loan, bike loan and many more.

Follow this link to see our benefits guide [PDF 243 KB]

About the GPhC

We are a respected regulatory body that regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Great Britain. It’s our role to make sure people receive safe and effective pharmacy care and have trust in pharmacy.

Our organisation has a long-term vision and a desire for highly skilled and specialist staff. We are committed to providing workforce learning and development opportunities.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, we have adopted a hybrid working approach, which combines office and home working. Staff are predominantly home-based and office attendance depends on the nature of the role and the requirements of the team.

We are proud of our diverse and inclusive culture and are committed to holding ourselves to the same standards we expect of others.

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Applying for this role

If you feel you have the required experience and skills and would like to join us, please send your CV and covering letter explaining how you meet each of the criteria for the role, and where you found out about this vacancy to: careers@pharmacyregulation.org.

In your email subject, please include your name and the role you wish to be considered for. Please note that applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

Please consult the knowledge and skills section of the role description document below to help you prepare your application:

Paralegal - role description [PDF 158 KB]

We welcome applications from all sections of the community

We are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive in all our work as a health professions regulator.

As part of your application for this role, please complete our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring formThis form is optional and you don't have to complete it; however it provides us with useful information for monitoring and reporting purposes and is strictly confidential. The information you provide on this form will not form part of any selection process and will not be shared with the selection panel. 

Closing date: 30 June 2022 (12 pm)

Interview dates: TBA

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