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News from 3 July Council

6 Jul 2009

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Members approve 2008-9 financial accounts

At the 2 July meeting of Council, members approved the GOC’s final accounts for 2008-9. Having frozen registration fees for a fourth consecutive year the previous Council approved a deficit budget for the 2008-9. Due to cost savings the final deficit was £7,532 less than had been forecast. Increased costs for 2008-9 were associated with: restructuring, appointing a new Council, and other initiatives for the implementation of the Government White Paper, Trust, Assurance and Safety; and increased legal costs.

Council agrees way forward to recruit GOC committees

Members were asked to agree a process for recruiting 40-50 committee members. As a result of government reforms, the Council has now moved to a smaller, board-like body, of 12 independently appointed members. In line with these reforms, the GOC must now recruit 40-50 people to sit on its committees. Members considered three options for recruitment:
1. The Council could establish its own Appointments Board. The Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Dental Council both have such boards. Issues for consideration will include the size, composition, terms of reference, procedure for recruitment, and terms of office of the board
2. Outsourcing the process to a recruitment agency.
3. Outsourcing to the Appointments Commission. The Appointments Commission carried out the recruitment of the GOC’s Council members and could carry out a similar exercise.
Members opted for a variation on option one, to establish Council’s own Appointments Board. In the short term it was agreed that this should be made up of members of the GOC senior executive team and a number of Council members, with some external administration support.
Once appointed, committees will give advice to the executive regarding the oversight and management of operational work. Both the GOC executive, and committees, will be held to account by Council. Each committee must be constituted to ensure that it can provide robust advice which is informed by a balance of stakeholder views.

Also noted:
Equality and diversity progress report

Members noted the Council’s progress on implementing its Equality and Diversity Action Plan. In particular, the majority of the Scheme milestones have, to date, been achieved. The action plan was developed and approved in 2008 as part of the Council’s wider equality and diversity scheme. As a public body the GOC is committed ensuring that policies, procedures and ways of working are fair to all individuals and groups regardless of their ethnic origin, race, gender, gender identity, religion or religious belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Next meeting of Council:
23 September 2009
Venue: to be confirmed
 

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