FPM Board Elections 2020
The Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine is the main decision-making body of the Faculty, responsible for its overall direction and strategy. The Board consists of ten elected and appointed positions and
six co-opted members who make up a supportive and proactive team.
There will be three vacancies in 2021. Elected candidates will take office at the Board meeting on Friday 5 March 2021. The term of office will be six years in the first instance. Those elected will be eligible to be re-elected for a second term of four years. Those eligible to stand are: Foundation Fellows, Fellows by Examination & Assessment, Fellows ad Eundem and Members of the Faculty complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations.
Candidates for election
Fellows and members eligible to stand for election will be sent (via email) information describing the election process and the Form of Notice of Intention to Stand; emails will be sent during the week commencing 29 June 2020. The form must include the details of two Fellows, Associate Fellows or Members of the Faculty, in good standing, who support the candidate’s application (we may approach these supporters to confirm). Candidates may send, with their ‘Notice of Intention to Stand’ form, a statement which must not exceed 300 words (any further words will be redacted) and which contains brief details of the candidate’s career in Pain Medicine. There is not a requirement to submit such a statement; it is entirely voluntary. By submitting the form, candidates are confirming that the information provided is true and correct. Any statement submitted will be published online and included with the list of candidates issued with the ballot paper. Please complete the form and return by email to the FPM Secretariat: email@example.com.
Completed Nomination forms (i.e. Notification of Intention to Stand Form) must be received by the FPM Secretariat no later than 12.00pm Wednesday 12 August 2020. Any forms received after this date will not be accepted. The names of the candidates and whom they have been nominated by will be published on the FPM website on 20 August 2020.
Voting will be carried out electronically and ballot information will be sent via email to eligible Fellows and Members: Foundation Fellows, Fellows by Examination, Fellows by Assessment, Fellows ad Eundem, Associate Fellows, Affiliate Fellows and Members. For this election votes will be accepted online only. Votes must be cast by 5.00pm Friday 25 September 2020. The votes will then be counted and the results passed to the Faculty; candidates will be notified of the results no later than 28 September 2020. The election results will be declared on 1 October 2020 via the Faculty website and will be published in Transmitter and the RCoA Bulletin in due course.
For any queries or to update your contact information for the election please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board member Responsibilities
Excerpt from the Regulations of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (Part IX)
1 Attending meetings. Members are expected to attend all meetings. Members who consistently fail to attend meetings without prior leave may be removed from the Board by the Dean. Members will also be expected to attend other major functions of the Faculty such as the Annual Meeting for Fellows and Members.
2 Delegates. Members may not send delegates to attend in their place unless agreed by the Chair or the Dean.
3 Confidentiality. Members of the Board should observe total confidentiality with respect to any discussions or papers considered confidential or sensitive, except where disclosure has been formally permitted.
4 Disclosure of interests
4.1 General conflicts of interest. Before applying for the Board, members are expected to consider whether any current roles they hold would compromise the performance of their duties for the Faculty. For example, it would be expected that Board members would not hold full roles on the Boards or Councils of similar organisations or societies. This could pose both a conflict of interest and, in conjunctions with Regulation VI:7, is likely to affect the individual’s capacity to take forward Faculty activities.
4.2 For individual areas. All Members should disclose to the Chairman any relevant conflicting interest of any kind (financial or otherwise) arising in relation to any item on the agenda. Where a relevant interest has been disclosed, the member may, subject to the Chairman’s agreement, remain during and participate in any debate on the item concerned, but must not vote.
5 Members may be:
a. appointed to Faculty Committees or working groups;
b. required to commit to events (either chairing or presenting);
c. required to become the Responsible Officer for a consultation process;
d. asked to represent the Faculty on external bodies;
e. asked to contribute to the written material of the Faculty.
6 It is recommended that Members discuss their appointment with hospital colleagues and senior management.
7.1 A member of the Board may tender their resignation at any time prior to the completion of their term of office. The resignation will not take effect until accepted by the Board.
7.2 Any member of the Board who ceases the clinical practice of Pain Medicine would normally demit office from the Board at the next election.