Members of the Single Organisation Working Group have been visiting regional and national meetings to listen to the views of members and hear their ideas. This has included discussing the proposal, the vision, the potential benefits and some of the reasons why we are looking at the issue.
We are aware that some members have been unable to attend in person and are providing a series of online webinars for members. We will also shortly be communicating some further FAQs that have arisen out of the meetings.
In the meantime, this update is designed to give those members who have been unable to attend a brief overview of the presentation.
Part of the work has included an options appraisal. This included considering whether we could realistically carry on as we are and, if not, potential alternative organizational structures or models. The group considered the opportunities and threats of each model and is now particularly keen to hear the views of members.
The full slide presentation is available on the website
The preferred model
The preferred solution of the Single Organisation Working Group is a collegiate model. A graphic of this can be seen on the attached slide which appears as slide 21 in the full presentation.
A Board of Trustees and Executive Committee govern this structure, which includes Departments, Faculties, Special Interest Groups and Regions.
Departments would undertake many of the functions that are currently undertaken by both the Faculty and Society (the areas of overlap – for example events and CPD; national representation; finance; membership administration and communications)
Faculties would include a faculty of occupational medicine and potentially, (if wanted), individual faculties for other professional groups such as nurses, physiotherapists etc. The faculties would be responsible for those areas that are specific to that professional group, for example specialist qualifications, standard setting revalidation and linking to regulators and relevant professional bodies.
Regional Groups could be similar to the regional structure currently offered by the Society and provide a unique, relevant, and lively forum for CPD and multidisciplinary networking with colleagues at a local level. The new structure will include a mechanism for regional group nominees to be represented.’
Special Interest Groups would provide occupational health doctors, nurses, and AHPs with shared interests meaningful networking opportunities, specific education and, if appropriate, the ability to contribute to position papers or act as an advocate or voice for that area of work. They could be for a particular area such as healthcare or transport, or for a particular group such as trainees. They could also be either on-going or be formed to respond to a time specific issue.
The working group have outlined the opportunities and threats of this particular model on the slide presentation.
We will shortly be undertaking a short survey on this issue.
There is also still time to register for a webinar:
Single org Webinar 2: 23 October 2013 8am – 9am
Single org Webinar 3: 29 October 2013 5pm – 6pm
And there is one further regional meeting date that has been announced in the North East; more information is available on the Society’s website
If you would like to comment generally or attend a webinar please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.