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Council Apprentice, the Health and Care Professions Council (one-year appointment)

The Health and Care Professions Council is offering a new and exciting opportunity for a talented person to join our Council as the first ever Council Apprentice. The role will provide an opportunity to gain board-level experience, to be mentored by senior Council members, and to engage in discussions and decisions on important public interest matters. We are looking for candidates with no previous board experience. This is a fixed term 12-month appointment.

About HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council is a UK-wide regulator, committed to delivering high quality, efficient regulation in order to protect the public. We regulate 15 professions, including paramedics, radiographers, occupational therapists, and biomedical scientists.

We regulate by:

  • deciding what it takes to be a member of one of our professions;
  • approving education programmes which will produce competent graduates who are safe to treat people;
  • keeping an accurate register of people who are legally able to call themselves one of our 15 professions; and
  • taking action when a professional isn’t meeting our expectations of safe practice and conduct.

This is complex and requires good governance.  The Council is our governance body, our equivalent of a board.  It sets our strategic direction and oversees our performance.

About the role of Council Apprentice

This role will help give the right talented candidate the experience and skills they need to go on to have a rewarding boardroom career. 

Our Council Apprentice will take part in all our Council meetings and associated activity. He or she will also get involved in our Audit Committee to maximise their transferable experience of governance.

Our Apprentice will see all board papers that support decisions and will be encouraged to participate in the meeting debates that lead to decisions being made.

The successful candidate will have a comprehensive induction, and mentoring support throughout their apprenticeship.

The role is remunerated on a per attendance basis, and additional expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with our Expense Policy. The estimated time commitment over the year-long apprenticeship is 20 days. A generous day rate will be provided.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We actively encourage Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates to help to address under-representation on the Council and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams. We are committed to equality and diversity within our workforce and all opportunities provided by the Health and Care Professions Council.

About you

We don’t expect you to have prior boardroom experience, but you’ll need to demonstrate a passion for and an interest in the work of the HCPC, health regulation, public protection, and a desire to give back to public service.

Excellent inter-personal skills are essential as well as the confidence to share your perspective.

We’re looking for someone with:

  • a keen interest in healthcare regulation
  • a strong desire to learn about being on a board
  • good communication skills
  • a willingness to commit the time
  • the ability to uphold the seven principles of public life

How to apply

A candidate pack containing further information is available below.

To apply, please send a CV, EDI monitoring form, and covering letter to appointments@hcpc-uk.org. Your covering letter should answer the following:

  • Why do you want to be a Council Apprentice?
  • What interests you about the work of the HCPC?

The closing date for applications is Monday, 30 November 2020.

The interview date is Tuesday, 15 December 2020.

Page updated on: 13/11/2020
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