Head of Medico-Legal Reports Service, Freedom from Torture


Job title: Head of Medico-Legal Reports Service

Organisation: Freedom from Torture

Location: Any centre: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle

Salary: London – £60,862 – £70,600 per annum (including London Weighting) or Outside London – £57,185 – £66,335 per annum

Deadline for receipt of applications: 15/11/2023

Contact about the role: If you would like to discuss any aspect of the role please contact: twolfe@freedomfromtorture.org

About the role and how to apply:

Medico-Legal Report Service

We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified solicitor or barrister to lead and develop our ever-expanding Medico-Legal Reports Service.

The role would also be suitable for a job share between a doctor of at least 5 years PQE and a qualified solicitor or barrister.

Our MLR service assists men, women and children who have survived the physical and psychological trauma of torture. Our specialist and highly trained doctors provide independent evidence of torture for survivors seeking protection in the UK.

We develop and deliver training on the forensic examination of the effects of torture to health care professionals both internally and externally and provide external legal training “Proving Torture” – the use of medical evidence in protection claims.

Our evidence-base is used to support strategic opportunities for change and research.

We currently comprise of a team of 4 Lead Doctors, approximately 65 salaried, contractor and volunteer doctors, 3 Senior Legal Officers, a team of legal contractors and volunteers, a data analyst/ researcher and a team of administrators.

About the Role

You will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of the MLR service, ensuring the efficient production of excellent high-quality reports and, providing compassionate leadership to the large and multidisciplinary team, with direct management responsibility for 4 Lead Doctors, 3 Senior Legal Officers, Researcher and Administration Manager. If the role was a job share, the direct reports would be split. You will maintain overall responsibility for the entire team.

With the ever-shifting legal and socio-political landscape you will be responsible for devising and implementing new forms of medical evidence to meet the needs of our clients and advising the Senior Management Team on the impact of legislative and policy changes for survivors of torture.

You will contribute to decisions relating to strategic litigation, alongside the Head of our Legal and Welfare Service and Policy and Advocacy Team. You will be responsible for identifying and developing research opportunities, both legal and clinical.

In addition, you will be responsible for devising and delivering internal and external training.

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Document Date
Thursday November 2, 2023