The role of Chair in Care and Treatment Reviews and Care, Education and Treatment Reviews

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare and seeking to increase their pool of Independent chair persons for their Care and Treatment Reviews and Care, Education and Treatment Reviews.  The role is a paid for role of £450 per day.

“Being the chair of a CTR meeting is a privileged position.  You are the person managing the meeting and by holding professionals to account, you ensure the person gets the most appropriate, and timely, care they deserve. As a qualified health or social care professional with experience of chairing meetings, there will be full training provided to help you conduct your CTR meeting.  This is truly a great opportunity and knowing that you are making a difference to the person is very rewarding and fulfilling."

The role of the Independent Chair is to:

  • Make sure that the CTR is to carried out in a manner that:
    • is based on the person-centred values laid out in the CTR policy;
    • is independent, fair and constructive;
    • ensures that all relevant views are heard and discussed;
    • ensures that the views and wishes of person whose care and treatment is being reviewed, and their family members if involved, are clearly established and are at the centre of the reviews discussions.
  • Establish an outline plan for the review day and, if required, to modify this according to any particular issues that may emerge during the review.
  • To help the team develop a pen-picture at the beginning of the day of the person whose care and treatment is being reviewed.
  • Be alert to any issues of concern regarding the welfare and safety of the person and to respond immediately and appropriately to issues that require prompt or urgent action and / or escalation.
  • To ensure that the team is able to have discussions with the clinicians currently responsible for the person’s care and treatment and also those who may be supporting them.
  • To enable the team to challenge aspects of the person’s care and treatment and plans for future care where necessary.
  • To clarify and summarise the findings and recommendations of the review panel both on the day and in a subsequent report.
  • To be responsible for agreeing a timescale for recommendations and following agreed actions through after the review. Please note: should the CTR chairing role be delegated to another member of the review team, it should be made clear that responsibility for the summarisation, reporting and following through on recommendations from the review remains with the responsible commissioner.
  • To be able to travel to reviews as required which may not be in your home town.

What knowledge or experience is needed?

  • Chair should have a professional background in either health/social care (SW/nurse etc) with relevant experience of working with people with complex learning disability/autism & associated mental health issues.
  • Good understanding of purpose of CTRs.
  • Good understanding of MHA/MCA & its application re LD & A.
  • Strong skills in managing/chairing meetings including being able to scrutinise care documents/care records/medication records.
  • Understand the roles of professionals (OT/SLT/psychology etc)
  • Ability to complete the CTR documentation-KLOEs, report writing within a deadline/
  • Ability to involve service users in the process & make them the key focus of the work. Also involve family & advocates whilst ensuring the voice of the service user is central & not secondary to family views.
  • Coordinate the CTR with reading of the documents provided in advance of the day.
  • Some understanding of role of CQC.

If you think this could be of interest, we’d be very keen to hear from you.  Please contact the team on [email protected] and Sonia Goodwin (TCP Service Manager) will be in touch.