Role in recruitment
Lay members have been successfully used in specialty recruitment either as panel Chairs or members for many years.
This protocol seeks to establish a ‘baseline’ for the involvement of Mersey Deanery’s lay members. It has been agreed with and endorsed by specialty leads within the Mersey Deanery.
It is advised that the lay member takes time to monitor this and considers issues such as consistency in checking the paperwork for candidates, behaviour of the HR Team in terms of equality and diversity and other potential discriminatory actions, overall timekeeping, record keeping and ensure that the process is conducted in an equitable way for all candidates.
Lay members may take an active role in Stage 3 of the GP recruitment process marking written submissions and/or being an assessor of the group exercise.
Interviews for Specialty Recruitment
The lay member should take time to monitor each of the interview stations. Things to look out for are consistency of questioning between candidates, behaviour of selectors in terms of equality and diversity and other potential discriminatory actions, overall timekeeping, record keeping and ensure that the process is conducted in an equitable way for all candidates.
Any urgent issues of concern should be identified and raised immediately on the day of recruitment with the Lead Employer HR representative. Following the recruitment session, the Mersey Deanery welcomes comments regarding the day and suggestions for changes/improvements to the process. There is a feedback form specifically for this purpose which lay members should complete to give written feedback to the Deanery on the process as a whole.
If you have any queries prior to attending a recruitment panel, please contact:
0151 285 4790