A vote was taken by show of hands. The results were as follows:
Special Resolution 1: Terms of Office of Council Members - not carried
Special Resolution 2: Change in the Name of the Health Practitioner Committee - carried
See below for more details about the two resolutions.
The Standing Orders set out how the College should be governed. To be agreed a change to the Standing Orders requires two thirds of the members qualified to vote and voting whether in person or by proxy to vote in favour of the change.
In accordance with the commitment Council made in 2013 it has consulted members on these changes through the boards, branches and committees ahead of the meeting.
Special Resolution 1: Terms of Office of Council Members
To approve an amendment to Standing Order 7.3 so that it reads
7.3 The terms of office of Member elected to the Council shall be four years and half of the Members elected to the Council shall retire every two years, except that:
7.3.1 this shall not apply to the place allocated to the Student Member of Council, which shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the Standing Orders; and
7.3.2 in circumstances where the members in general meeting have agreed changes to the composition of the Council and transitional arrangements are necessary or desirable in order to give effect to those changes, the Council may implement such transitional arrangements.
The current wording of Standing Order 7.3 is as follows:
The terms of office Members elected to the Council shall be four years except for the place allocated to the Student Member which shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the Standing Orders. One half of the Members elected to the Council shall retire every two years.
Once Special Resolution 1 has been passed, the Council will implement the transitional arrangement recommended in the Council Review Report, and as a result:
Elections shall be held in 2019 for a Council Member for each of the following Countries/Regions for four year terms from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023: Northern Ireland, Eastern, East Midlands, London, Northern, North West, HP Committee.
And elections shall be held in 2019 for a Council Member for each of the following Countries/Regions for two year terms from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021: Scotland, Wales, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber.
Special Resolution 2: Change in the Name of the Health Practitioner Committee
To approve the amendments to the Standing Orders set out below to change the name of the Health Practitioners Committee to the "Nursing Support Workers Committee" and to change the name of health practitioners to Nursing Support Workers.
This change has the support of both the Professional Nursing Committee and the Health Practitioner Committee who believe this is a more accurate description of who they are. The proposed change does not pre-empt the consultation to be launched at 2019 Congress on the future membership structure.
| Current Wording
||Delete current wording and replace it with: "Nursing Support Worker" means a nursing support worked admitted to nursing support membership of the College in accordance with Standing Order 5.2.4
|Add New definition in alphabetical order and renumber the paragraphs accordingly
||"Nursing Support Workers Committee" means that body recognised by the Council as representing the nursing support constituency of the College.
||Replace health practitioner constituency with Nursing Support Worker constituency
||Replace health practitioner member with Nursing Support Worker in the title
||Replace health practitioner place with Nursing Support Worker place; health practitioner membership with Nursing Support Worker membership; Health Practitioners Committee with Nursing Support Workers Committee; and health practitioner members with Nursing Support Workers
||Replace health practitioner in the two places with Nursing Support Worker
||Replace health practitioner in three places with Nursing Support Worker
||Replace Health Practitioner Committee with Nursing Support Workers Committee and replace Health Practitioner Membership with Nursing Support Workers
||Replace the references to Health Practitioner members and Health Practitioners members with Nursing Support Workers
||Replace health practitioner members with Nursing Support Workers
If you have any comments on the proposed changes outlined in either of the special resolutions, please complete this pro forma and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 3 May 2019.