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Deputy Claims and Inquest Manager

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our Medico-Legal team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The role reports directly to our Medico-Legal Manager, who will ensure you are supported to deliver the highest standards of legal advice and advocacy for our staff, with a focus on learning and minimising any safety risks for our patients.

Main duties of the job

To deputise for the Medico-Legal Manager in their absence and assist with complex patients and the process for making applications to the Court of Protection.

To ensure the timely provision of all information required by Coroners for Inquests involving Trust patients, to provide support to staff involved in this process and to represent the Trust at Inquest hearings.

To be responsible for the effective investigation and management of clinical negligence and personal injury claims against the Trust in conjunction with NHS Resolution.

Support the Trusts governance structure alignment in learning from themes and outcomes of Inquests and non-clinical claims.

Provide detailed reports on Inquests, claims and litigation matters.To provide training and guidance on legal matters.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

This vacancy will close at midnight on the 16th June 2024.

Interviews are due to be held on the 30th July 2024.

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of law and legal practice, acquired through degree, post graduate diploma in legal practice (LPC) and further 2 year traineeship to masters level equivalent and additional knowledge in specialist field of NHS Law e.g. Clinical negligence, personal injury, property, employment law.


  • Diploma in Claims and Risk Management.
  • Post graduate Diploma in Law.
  • Knowledge in specialist field of NHS Law e.g. Clinical negligence, personal injury, property, employment law.



  • Demonstrable experience of working within legal services within a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of effective liaison with both clinical and non-clinical staff.
  • Experience of clinical negligence, personal injury litigation systems and processes including the NHS Resolution Claims Management system.
  • Managing Inquests.
  • Dealing with highly sensitive information of an emotional and distressing nature. Patient experience and dealing with the injured/bereaved.


  • Theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of working with NHS specific provisions, structures and social care policies.
  • Advocacy at Inquests.
  • Mediation.



  • Extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules.



  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Ability to deal with complex, difficult and challenging situations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organisation skills.
  • To manage and prioritise a voluminous workload.
  • Ability to work autonomously to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to present complex information in a comprehensive manner.
  • Evidence of continuous personal development by way of research, study and/or training.
  • Ability to lecture/provide training.


  • Ability to think and work strategically.
  • Approachable, adaptable and flexible.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • To be a team player.

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.
  • Willingness to alter working pattern during busy periods.
  • The ability to travel independently between sites and have unrestricted access to a motor vehicle insured for business purposes.


  • Full clean driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division Corporate

Hills Road



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