Constitution

1. Name

The Council shall be called the “Council of Deans of Health”.

2. Purpose

The Council of Deans of Health will:

  1. Be the principal source of informed opinion and advice on all matters concerning education and research for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions (AHPs) in the UK, and its relation to the National Health Service and to similar education in universities in other countries.
  2. Work to improve and maintain quality in nursing, midwifery and AHP education and research, and to exchange information and good practice.
  3. Promote nursing, midwifery and AHP education and research through collaboration with Government Departments, Professional and Statutory Bodies, the Research Councils and other organisations.
  4. Serve as the first point of reference for the media in this area.

3. Membership

Full Membership:

  1. Full membership of the Council of Deans of Health is reserved for institutions with university title (UT) who provide education courses approved by the NMC and/or HCPC.
  2. The Council of Deans of Health Executive will also consider full membership from institutions who hold UT but do not provide education courses approved by the NMC or HCPC if the institution is engaged in nursing, midwifery and/or AHP research.
  3. There is no requirement for a member of the Council of Deans of Health to be an institution whose head is a member of UUK. However, membership may be refused or withdrawn where an institution is unable to demonstrate that it complies with the three core principles of UUK membership (primary purpose of teaching, scholarship and research; financial accountability and independence; accountability to students and the wider public).
  4. The Executive of the Council of Deans of Health has full discretion in deciding whether or not an institution will be admitted into full membership.

Associate Membership:

  1. Associate membership of the Council of Deans of Health is reserved for institutions linked to the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man which support the Council’s strategic aims and have a stake in the provision of nursing, midwifery or AHP education and/or research.
  2. As with full membership, the Executive of the Council of Deans of Health has full discretion in deciding whether or not an institution will be admitted into associate membership.
  3. Associate members receive the same benefits as members but are not permitted to vote or stand for election to the Council of Deans of Health Executive.

Membership Institutions will be represented as follows:

  1. Each member institution will be entitled to two named representatives. The first should be the Dean or senior academic representative who has the strategic responsibility for nursing, midwifery, and/or AHPs, within the institution.  The second representative should be a senior level academic representative with responsibilities in relation to nursing, midwifery or AHP education and/or research and who should normally be registered with either the NMC or HCPC.
  2. If, exceptionally, a member of the Council cannot attend a meeting, a previously named deputy may attend instead.
  3. Deans and Heads of Faculties of Nursing and Midwifery in the Republic of Ireland, British Crown Dependencies and other countries of the European Union may be offered associate (non-voting) membership.
  4. The Council may invite to its meeting observers from other representative organisations. Such observers may participate in the meeting, but may not vote.

4. Subscriptions

In order to support activities of the Council, a subscription shall be payable in each academic year in respect of each member of the Council. Membership shall be open only to those institutions which have so subscribed. The amount will be reviewed from time to time by the Council, and will be banded according to numbers of nursing, midwifery and allied health professions student FTEs in each institution.

5. Organisation

The elected Officers, together with the elected Nation Representatives will form the Executive Team of the Council. The Executive Team will usually meet six times a year.  Executive members are normally expected to attend each of the six meetings.

  1. The members of the Executive Team will act as individuals, not as representatives of their institutions.
  2. The Officers of the Council who will be elected by Council will be:
    • The Chair
    • The Vice-Chair
    • Treasurer
    • Nation representatives for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
    • Five portfolio posts: Research; Teaching and Learning; International; Workforce Development; and Regulation
  3. The Chair will be elected for a Chair-Elect period, to last for a minimum of six months before they take up chairing the Council.
  4. If the Chair is elected from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland an election will be held for an England representative.
  5. The Executive Team may co-opt additional members in addition to those specified in (a), (b) and (c).
  6. The Executive may, from time to time, determine the need to co-opt individuals onto the Executive for particular strategic or operative reasons.
  7. The co-opted members are invited to attend meetings when their specific contribution is required and they should not be considered as “full members” with the right to attend every Executive meeting either whole or in part.
  8. The Executive will determine the particular nature of the co-option, the focus of the work, the reporting lines and the time frame for that co-option.
  9. The Executive will keep this framework under review to ensure it is able to support and serve the business of the Council and Executive.
  10. The Director will attend meetings of the Executive Team
  11. All officers will serve for a period of three years, with the option of standing for one further three year term. Terms of office will be staggered so that no more than half of the Executive Team shall be due to be elected at one time.
  12. In the event that a member of the Executive Team of the Council ceases to be a representative from his/her member institution, s/he may continue to serve on the Executive Team to the end of the normal period of office.

6. Elections

The method of election will be by single transferrable vote and will follow the rules for single transferrable vote held by the returning officer. In the event of a tie, a run-off between the leading candidates will be held.

  1. All Officers of the Council and Nation Representatives shall be elected by postal/electronic ballot, following nomination and secondment by members of the Council.
  2. The Director  of the Council shall act as Returning Officer for all elections.
  3. Voting will be on the basis of one vote per member institution.

7. Meetings

  1. The Council will normally meet three times per year.
  2. The meetings of the Council shall be conducted according to the normal conventions governing procedures of committees. Business will proceed according to the agenda and the Director will be responsible for the record of the proceedings and the preparation and subsequent circulation of unconfirmed minutes.
  3. Items for inclusion on the agenda should normally be in the hands of the Director at least ten days before the circulation of the agenda papers, which normally will be ten days before the meeting of the Council. Items raised under ‘any other business’ will only be taken at the discretion of the Chair, and normally no decisions will be reached on tabled papers.
  4. Quorum
    – The Council is quorate when a simple majority of member institutions are represented at a meeting.
  5. Voting
    – Motions are carried when a simple majority of those voting vote in favour of the motion. The Chair has an additional casting vote in the event of a tied vote. Members may only vote if their subscription has been paid. Voting will be on the basis of one vote per member institution. Those attending a meeting as nominated deputy for a representative may cast a vote on behalf of their institution.

8. Proceedings

Any proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be an agenda item at an Extraordinary Council meeting, which will precede the meeting of Council at which a ballot will be held. A two-thirds majority of those voting will be required to change the Constitution.

9. Council’s Assets and Liabilities

If the Council is wound up or dissolved and after all its debts and liabilities have been satisfied there remains any property, it shall be paid to or distributed among the members of Council.