Bailiwick residents who have experience of social care or health issues within the private, public or voluntary sectors are being sought to apply to sit on the islands’ first Mental Health Review Tribunal.
This Tribunal has been created by the Bailiwick’s new Mental Health Law, which will come into effect on 1 April 2013. One of its main functions will be to make decisions whether to discharge patients from compulsory detention.
Appointed by the Royal Court of Guernsey, the Tribunal will consist of three members at each hearing, with specialist legal and medical members sitting alongside a lay member who is resident in the Bailiwick.
A pool of seven judges and psychiatrists has been selected from members of equivalent English tribunals and three or four lay members are now being sought to serve on the Tribunal.
These individuals are likely to be members of the local community who have a good understanding of social care or health issues and will be able to approach cases with an informed yet impartial outlook.
Potential lay members must be able to evaluate arguments objectively and to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity. The Health and Social Services Department, on behalf of the Royal Court, will undertake a thorough selection process and an enhanced CRB check will also be required. Previous applicants will be considered in this round of applications.
It is the Royal Court’s intention to have appointed all members of the Tribunal by the beginning of February. Training on all aspects of the lay member’s role will be provided, especially regarding the new Law and Tribunal procedures.
For more information or if interested in applying contact Maggie Crosbie on 01481 725241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.