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RCN AGM 2019

AGM 2019 agenda

The agenda for the 2019 RCN AGM which took place on Monday 20 May was as follows:

9am: Welcome from the President, Professor Anne Marie Rafferty CBE FRCN and commencement of the AGM

  1. To confirm the 2018 minutes and matters arising
  2. To receive the 2018 Annual Report of Council from the Chair of Council, Sue Warner (the annual reports and financial statements of the RCN Foundation, RCNi and RCN HoldCo Limited are also available)
  3. To receive the 2018 Financial Statements as set out in the Annual Report from the Honorary Treasurer, Dave Dawes
  4. To consider and vote on the special resolutions set out below
  5. To discuss any matters of a professional nature which are of importance to the interests of members - you may email questions before or during the meeting to governance.support@rcn.org.uk

12pm: End of AGM


AGM Special Resolutions

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 Proposed amendments
1.17 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.
7.4 Replace health practitioner constituency with Nursing Support Worker constituency
9 Replace health practitioner member with Nursing Support Worker in the title
9.7 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
9.8 Replace health practitioner in the two places with Nursing Support Worker
9.9 Replace health practitioner in three places with Nursing Support Worker
9.10 Replace Health Practitioner Committee with Nursing Support Workers Committee and replace Health Practitioner Membership with Nursing Support Workers
12.4 Replace the references to Health Practitioner members and Health Practitioners members with Nursing Support Workers
20.1 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 governance.support@rcn.org.uk by Friday 3 May 2019.



How voting works

Voting will, in the first instance, be by show of hands where members are asked to raise their hand indicating if they are in favour or against a particular resolution. This is in accordance with the RCN’s Standing Order 17.1.

It is only those members present at the AGM whose votes are counted and included in the final results.

Members unable to attend the AGM were able to appoint a proxy and specify how they wished for them to vote for the two special resolutions, until the deadline of 9am on Thursday 16 May.

If you plan to be present at the AGM you do not need to cast a vote by proxy; instead you will be given a poll card at the AGM.

If you have been nominated as a proxy please go to the AGM registration desk in the main foyer on Monday 20 May 2019 before the AGM starts. The desk will be open from 8am.

Following the show of hands, the RCN Group Secretary will ask whether anyone wishes to call a poll. The Chair of the meeting or ten members present may call a poll. If the answer is “no” then the result of the show of hands will stand. If the answer is “yes” then a poll will be called. That means that proxy votes will be counted and members present will be invited to complete their poll cards post them in the ballot boxes which will be handed round.

ERS, the independent scrutineer, will then count the vote and provide an indicative result to the RCN Group Secretary. Following the meeting ERS will verify the result and it will be published here by Wednesday 22 May 2019.

To find out more about RCN General Meetings you can read this note.