Self-nominations sought for the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair of the BGS Nurse and AHP Council
The BGS is a multidisciplinary Society, welcoming all healthcare professionals working with older people across health and social care as members. Membership of the BGS Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (NAHP) Council currently stands at over 650.
The NAHP Council acts as a forum for the engagement and participation of Nurses and AHPs in the Society’s mission to improve healthcare for older people. The BGS values participation from different professions, from the four nations of the UK and from different care settings. These diverse perspectives inform its strategic objectives of improving clinical quality, research, education and training, and policy; and its support for members.
We are now recruiting a Chair and Deputy Chair to lead the work of the NAHP Council and its committee.
Roles and responsibilities
The Chair and the Deputy Chair of the NAHP Council lead an enthusiastic and proactive group through the Council committee. This involves planning agendas, coordinating with BGS staff on meeting arrangements, liaising with key organisations, ensuring our professional voices are heard in discussions relating to current issues and policy relating to older people’s heath and social care, delegating tasks to office-bearers and committee members and overseeing follow-up outputs, promoting peer support and professional development opportunities for the wider council through the new communities of practice.
It is an exciting time to take on these leadership roles within the Society, given the importance of MDT working and policy developments relating to older adults in the NHS and social care. There is considerable potential to contribute to the Society’s influence on NHS and social care policy, and to help shape better services for older people.
Responsibilities of the NAHP Council Chair
Representation at meetings: BGS NAHP Council Committee (4 x per year), BGS Board of Trustees (4 x per year), BGS conferences (2 x per year).
Time Commitment: Approximately two to three hours a week, spread unevenly.
Responsibilities of the NAHP Council Deputy Chair
Representation at meetings: BGS NAHP Council Committee (4 x per year) and BGS conferences (2 x per year).
Time Commitment: One to two hours a week, spread unevenly.
How to apply for either post
Self-nominations, in the form of a covering email and statement (500 words max) on how you would approach the role and your suitability for the position should be sent to Joanna Gough at j [dot] gough [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk by 31 July 2021 (midnight).
If you would like to learn more about the roles, do take up the offer of an informal discussion ahead of application with Lucy Lewis (current Chair) or Frazer Underwood (current Deputy Chair). Please contact Joanna Gough to arrange this j [dot] gough [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk.
In the event that more than one candidate comes forward for either post, an election will be held in August/September 2021, with votes cast by members of the BGS Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Council.
The successful candidates will take up their roles after ratification at the BGS AGM in November 2021. The appointments will be for 2 years. The roles are unpaid. Reasonable expenses for travel will be reimbursed in accordance with BGS policy.