Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF)

Body: National Mental Capacity Forum
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Health and Social Care, Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £400 per day.
Time Requirements: 20 days per year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    31/08/2021 at 09:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Abigail Plenty Added 15/07/2021

    Panel Chair

    Deputy Director, Vulnerability Policy Division, Family and Criminal Justice Directorate, Policy, Communication and Analysis Group, MoJ, • Departmental Official

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  • Helen Tabiner Added 18/11/2021

    Deputy Director Service Quality Adult Social Care • Other Panel Member

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  • Dr James Orr Added 15/07/2021

    University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, University of Cambridge, Independent Member. • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The Chair provides leadership for the National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) and represents the views of the varied Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) stakeholders. The Chair provides direction to ensure members of the Forum work collaboratively to drive significant improvements in awareness among key stakeholders and the general public.

The Chair will provide the leadership and vision required to unite all parts of the system, ensuring they work collaboratively in promoting the MCA as widely as possible.

The Chair of the National Forum is appointed by the Secretaries of State for Justice and for Health and Social Care and has responsibility for:

  • Ensuring proper implementation of the MCA across all sectors;
  • Listening to the lived experience of those who lack mental capacity;
  • Representing the Forum – and the Act more widely – publicly, and being the public face of the NMCF across England and Wales;
  • Providing independent leadership to the NMCF;
  • Designing the plan of work and focus for the Forum in discussion with Forum members;
  • Building consensus and ensuring that members from different sectors work together;
  • Bringing the insights of MCA Stakeholders to inform Government understanding of issues to inform future policy;
  • Identifying complementary actions which member organisations can pursue, especially at a local level, to improve implementation of the MCA;
  • Developing distinct and tangible actions that members of the Forum can take forward to raise awareness and understanding of the MCA;
  • Helping to identify and disseminate best practice in promoting awareness of the MCA and Liberty Protection Safeguards; and

Reporting to the MCA Implementation Group, by attending this Group’s meetings and working closely with officials at the Ministry of Justice and Department of Health and Social Care.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

  • An ability to command respect and show both independence and influence, to establish credibility with Ministers, Forum members and key stakeholders from across the mental capacity system and related sectors;
  • Experience of successfully driving continuous improvement across a complex system;
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, including the ability to bring people from different organisations together to deliver a collective vision;
  • Understanding the diverse and complex needs and backgrounds of members of the public who are likely to be in contact with the wider mental ability arena;
  • An in depth understanding of the need to respect the dignity of those lack mental capacity; and
  • A commitment to listening to the lived experiences of those who lack mental capacity.


  • Knowledge and experience of disability rights; and
  • A strong track record of working as a senior level public face on a national platform.

Additional Information


There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK.  You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application.

We welcome applications from all those who are eligible.

However, as the NMCF was established to carry out an independent function at arm’s length from the Government, we are mindful that appointing someone who is employed by a government department might compromise that independence – or perception of independence – as well as diminishing the confidence of stakeholders and the general public.

If you are in receipt of a salary from a government department and wish to apply, you should expect that – if selected for interview – the Advisory Assessment Panel will explore whether any perceived or real conflicts of interest might exist if you were to be appointed and, if so, how this might be managed or mitigated. The latter might include an undertaking to resign from government employment, if appointed, and – if considered appropriate – for there to be an interval between resignation and taking up appointment to the NMCF.

Conflict of Interest and Political Activity July 2021
NMCF draft Candidate Information Pack - 16 July 2021
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