Oct 102020

Chair - Professional Standards Authority

Recruiter: Professional Standards Authority
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Remuneration £34,530 per year (2 days per week)
Posted: 28 Sep 2020
Closes: 23 Oct 2020
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

National role

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public by raising standards of regulation and voluntary registration of people working in health and care. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament and working with the devolved administrations across the UK. We oversee the work of 10 statutory bodies that regulate 1.6 million health professionals. We review the regulators’ performance, and audit and scrutinise their decisions about whether people on their registers are fit to practise.

In March this year, Dame Glenys Stacey was appointed by the Privy Council as our new Chair. Following the significant challenges faced by the education system and the exams regulator Ofqual in the face of Covid-19, Dame Glenys was asked to lead Ofqual at this difficult time. We therefore reluctantly accepted Dame Glenys' resignation to enable her to focus all her efforts on her role with the exams regulator in this period of crisis. As a result, we are now seeking an outstanding candidate to replace her. We are seeking to attract a very diverse range of candidates from across the UK.

You will join us at a critical point, during a particularly difficult period for the country and for the healthcare workforce. It’s a challenging time for the health and social care sectors and for how we regulate in systems under pressure, but also offers us a unique opportunity to be at the centre of the implementation of the reform of health and social care regulation. Your personal credibility, strong diplomatic skills and ability to lead the development of our strategy, policy and planning will be central to your work with us. You will inspire and command confidence with our key stakeholders, including the governments and administrations across the United Kingdom, with the statutory regulators and non-statutory registers we oversee, with representatives of highly diverse patient and professional groups, and with other stakeholders.

Our new Chair must have the ability to understand the role of regulation in the delivery of professional services, a demonstrable record of leadership in substantial roles and proven chairing and board level experience. An inspiring leader, who has never been a member of any of the professions to which we provide oversight regulation, you will show a commitment to upholding standards and ensuring good governance and transparency. You will be a visible and motivating leader, exercising diplomacy and sensitivity when required, yet willing to challenge the status quo when needed. You will be an advocate for the Authority’s work. Your integrity, standing and judgement will inspire public confidence in what we do and hold the respect of a diverse range of stakeholders.

This is a unique and influential role in the high-profile field of health and social care. If you can demonstrate the skills required, we encourage you to apply.

The time commitment and remuneration for the Chair is 2 days per week and £34,530 per year.


  • Closing Date 5pm Friday 23 October 2020
  • Longlist Meeting Tuesday 3 November 2020
  • Preliminary Interviews w/c Monday 9 November 2020
  • Shortlist Meeting Thursday 19 November 2020
  • Final Panel Tuesday 1 December 2020

How to apply

To apply for this post you must submit:

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements
  • A Statement of Suitability (no longer than three pages) providing:
    • Your motivation for applying for this role
    • Evidence and detailed examples of achievements to demonstrate how you can address the Essential criteria in Part 1, Knowledge and Experience section of the Person Specification

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name and the details of two referees who can comment on your ability to do the job. Please note, no referees will be contacted without your prior permission.

As part of the online application process, you must also complete

  • A Political Activity questionnaire
  • A Conflict of Interest declaration
  • An online Diversity monitoring form. Here, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer and will not be provided to the panel.

Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 23 October 2020.

Associated documents

Contact details

Olivia Robinson: 0113 205 6298

For further information including how to apply, please click here and for an informal confidential discussion, contact our advising consultants Katrina Paget or Olivia Robinson at GatenbySanderson on 0113 205 6298.

Closing date: 5pm on Friday 23rd October 2020.

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