Lay Council Member

Assessment of competencies

We will use the following competencies to assess candidates.

These will help you decide if you have the right qualities to join our Council.

You will need to explain in your supporting statement how your expertise, experience, knowledge, and skills match each of the competencies (including the critical competency for lay candidates only).

We will assess your application against the competencies at every stage of the selection process.

You will need to demonstrate that you meet all the below competencies. Please note that you can provide evidence of these competencies from any aspect of your life, experiences and activities, not just through your professional or work roles.

  1. Understanding of, and commitment to, the protection of the public through professional regulation.
  2. Clear appreciation of the non-executive role, and how executives should be held to account through constructive challenge.
  3. Ability to contribute to an organisation at a strategic level, demonstrating analytical skills and sound judgement.
  4. Capacity to understand and contribute to the organisational and business issues with which the Council deals.
  5. Ability to work successfully as part of a team, respecting and listening to others, earning the respect of colleagues, and contributing constructively to collective decision-making processes.
  6. Understanding of the role of a charity trustee, and capacity to fulfil this role effectively.
  7. Personal commitment to good governance and upholding the recognised principles of public life.

Critical competency for lay candidates only:

  1. Financially qualified with board/senior level audit experience and senior business/management experience.
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You will need to check that you are eligible for appointment and that you are not disqualified. The grounds for disqualification from appointment to the Council can be found in the information form.

You must be financially qualified with board/senior level audit experience and senior business/management experience. You will need to have the skills and abilities to chair our Audit Committee.

You must not be, nor ever have been a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate and must be able to confirm that you do not hold qualifications that would enable you to apply to be a registered nurse, midwife or nursing associate.