Lay Hearing Panel Member

Body: General Optical Council
Appointing Department: Department of Health
Sector: Health
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 20
Remuneration: Daily fee of £319
Time Requirements: Part time, 30-40 days per year, including travelling time and preparation time

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    24/07/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are aiming to increase the size of our available pool of lay Hearing Panel members, who will ideally be available from
November 2019 (subject to legislative change).

Hearing Panel members operate in the capacity of the Fitness to Practise Committee, to determine allegations relating to the
fitness to practise of registered optometrists and dispensing opticians, the fitness of business registrants to carry on business as
an optometrist or a dispensing optician or both; and the fitness of student registrants to undertake training as an optometrist or
dispensing optician. Hearings panel members also determine whether it is necessary for interim measures (suspension or made
subject to conditions) to be put in place whilst an investigation is in progress for the protection of members of the public or is
otherwise in the public interest, or in the interests of a registrant.

Hearings panel members also sit as part of the Registration
Appeal Committee which is constituted for the purpose of hearing and determining appeals against any decision of the Registrar
refusing to enter the name of an individual or body corporate in, or to restore it to, the appropriate Register.

Previous experience is not a requirement for this role! We are looking for individuals who can show excellent listening and
communication skills, objective analysis and judgement, robust evaluation and positive team working skills as well as a
demonstrable commitment to dealing with people and issues honestly, fairly and with respect. This role is rewarding and
challenging, and presents a great opportunity for personal development.

If this is something you are interested in we would be delighted to hear from you. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the
work of the GOC in enabling us to assure the health and protection of those who use the services of optometrists and dispensing

Person Specification

Essential competences

E1. Demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion –dealing with people and issues honestly, fairly and with respect

E2. Ability to analyse and interpret complex information and evidence, demonstrating impartiality, intellectual flexibility and sound judgment

E3. Ability to build supportive relationships and work as a team –welcoming & showing regard to the views and advice of others and supporting collective decision making

E4. Ability to listen, communicate and influence effectively –articulating clear reasoning

E5. Ability to articulate patient and consumer issues and/or the interests of service users who are especially vulnerable

E6. Ability to understand and operate within a complex legislative framework –thinking logically & weighing evidence to achieve well-founded impartial decisions & reasoning

Desirable competences

D1. Understanding of professional regulation and its impact on public protection

D2. Demonstrable commitment to accountability –taking personal responsibility and holding others to account

D3. Handling and managing complaints


How to Apply


We operate a system of anonymised applications for all vacancies. For more information on what this means and how it works please refer to our Member Appointments Guide. You do not need to complete the application form in one go. The application form provides details on how you can save your progress as you go. If you are unable to apply online, require an application form in a different format, require any reasonable adjustments or are experiencing any difficulties please contact us.

Completing the application form

It is absolutely essential that your application provides evidence of how you meet the competences required because the Appointments Panel will use this to assess your suitability for the role. It is not sufficient to say that you have the relevant experience –you should provide evidence of how you have made a success of that experience by describing how you acted in particular scenarios, and what effect(s) the action(s) had. For this reason we highly recommend using the ‘STARR’ approach for each competency. It will help you break down the word limit into four/five manageable chunks with the majority on the Action and Results (and Reflection when appropriate). There are a lot of helpful websites that explain how to answer “STARR questions”.

If you do not have an example to use we recommend that you seek advice from those who have observed you in a professional, academic, voluntary or other vocational capacity as there could be examples which you have forgotten about. We highly recommend you do not leave an answer box blank. By leaving it blank you indicate that you do not (or cannot) meet the competency.

Late applications will not be permitted under any circumstances. It is the candidate’s responsibility to complete their application and submit it by the deadline.

We will not accept CV’s, covering letters or any other supporting documentation to accompany your application (this includes any links to work that you have had published or been involved with). Such information will be removed from your application and will not be submitted to the Panel.

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This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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