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Associate IRM Medical Adviser

Location:   Home based Salary:   Hourly rates of £38.25 for advice and £33.30 for panel attendance Closing Date:   31/08/2022

Title: Associate IRM Medical Adviser

Locations: Home based with attendance at panels if required

Panels are held in virtually though there may be face to face panels on occasions

Organisation: IRM (England)

Payment: These are independent associate positions, hourly rates of £38.25 for advice and £33.30 for panel attendance are payable plus travel expenses should attendance be required at a face to face panel.

Hours: 9am to 16:45 on panel days

Closing Date for Applications: Wednesday 31st August 2022 at 23:59

The Independent Review Mechanism for England (IRM) provides, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, review panels for potential and current foster carers and adopters when agencies have decided not to approve them as a foster carer or adopter, or to terminate or change the terms of their approval. The current contract will continue until March 2023.

Review panel meetings are virtual and currently 6 or 7 times per month. Each panel hears up to 2 cases per day and each case will involve up to one or two applicants, a supporter and up to two agency representatives. The Panel duration is currently from 9:00am until 4:45pm. Travel expenses would be paid for face to face panels up to the IRM travel cap (currently £70).

Medical Advisers

Medical Advisers will need to access the papers associated with the case direct from the IRM database (where appropriate), to liaise with applicants, Agency Medical Advisers, GP’s or consultants as appropriate to clarify health information provided and prepare a report to be included in the papers sent to the panel.

For adoption cases they are required to review the panel papers and attend panel.

They will need to prepare questions for panel and to subsequently review panel minutes.

The IRM provides panel documents in electronic format as it is a digitalised service.

For successful candidates a standard DBS check and references will be required before you can take up the position; an on-line induction and an opportunity to observe a panel will be provided. As Associates medical advisers provide their own insurance to cover a minimum £100.000 liability.

Interview date to be confirmed.