RCPCH Committees and Council

A list of the College's standing committees and chairs, plus members and minutes of the College's governing body, Council.

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Standing committees

Scottish Committee - Chair: Peter Fowlie

Wales Executive Committee - Chair: Mair Parry

Ireland Committee - Chair: Emma Curtis

Academic Training Committee - Chair: Howard Clark

Advocacy Committee - Chair: Delan Devakumar

Annual Conference Committee - Chair: Andrew Long

British Paediatric Surveillance Unit Scientific Committee - Chair: Richard Reading

Child Protection Committee - Chair: Geoff Debelle

Clinical Standards Committee - Chair: Fiona Campbell

DCH (Diploma of Child Health) Examinations Board - Chair: Anna Mathew

Education and Training Quality Committee - Chair: Simon Newell

Ethics and the Law Advisory Committee - Chair: Joe Brierley

Examinations Executive Committee - Chair: Kevin Windebank

Finance and Corporate Services Committee - Chair: Lisa Kauffmann

International Board - Chair: Stephen Allen

MRCPCH Clinical Board - Chair: Vasanta Nanduri

Nutrition Committee - Chair: Colin Michie

Paediatricians in Medical Management - Chair: Lisa Kauffmann

Parents' and Carers' Group - Chair: Zoe Picton-Howell

Revalidation and Continuing Professional Development Committee - Chair: Andrew Long

Trainees’ Committee - Chair: Daniel Lumsden
 

Council members

The Council is the College's governing body. The College has a Royal Charter and is governed by bye-laws and regulations, which are regularly reviewed.  

Senior Officers

 

Year of

Appointment

President

Hilary Cass                                

2012
Registrar Ian Maconochie 2012
Vice President, Training & Assessment Simon Newell 2010
Vice President, Science & Research Anne Greenough 2014
Vice President, Education Andrew Long 2013
Vice President, Health Services Carol Ewing 2014
Honorary Treasurer Lisa Kauffmann 2014
     
Officers    
Scotland Peter Fowlie 2011
Wales Mair Parry 2013
Ireland Emma Curtis 2014
International Stephen Allen 2011
Assessment David Long 2010
Training Amanda Goldstein 2011
Examinations Kevin Windebank 2010
Continuing Professional Development & Revalidation Carol Roberts 2013
Workforce Planning Simon Clark 2014
Child Protection Geoff Debelle 2014
Health Promotion Mitch Blair 2010
Clinical Standards Fiona Campbell 2013
     
Regionally Elected Members    
Eastern Vacant  
Mersey John Gibbs 2012
Northern Nnenna Cookey 2014
North East Thames Abdul Moodambail 2013
North West Thames Vacant  
North Western Peter Arkwright 2013
Oxford Kevin Ives 2011
South East Thames Keith Brent 2012
South West Thames Stuart Nicholls 2010
South Western James Fraser 2012
Trent Rajeev Gupta 2011
Wessex Michael Linney 2014
West Midlands Vacant  
Yorkshire Robert Smith 2013
Wales Christopher Bidder 2014
North, North East, East Scotland Alan Webb 2012
South Eastern Scotland Vacant  
Western Scotland Ishaq Abu-Arafeh 2010
Northern Ireland Calum Macleod 2011
Republic of Ireland Hilary Hoey 2011
     
Trainees Representative Daniel Lumsden 2011
Trainees Representative Emma Webb 2012
Associate Members Representative Vacant  
Academic Representative John Warner 2010
SAS (Staff, Associate Specialists and Specialty Doctors) Representative Malla Narasimhamurti 2013
Senior Members Representative Andrew Wilkinson 2012
Specialty Groups Representative Nicholas Croft 2012
Specialty Groups Representative Ian Balfour-Lynn 2012
     
Observers    
Royal College of Psychiatrists Eilis Kennedy  
British Association of Paediatric Surgery Simon Huddart  
Royal College of Nursing Fiona Smith  
     
By Invitation    
Chair, RCPCH Parents' and Carers' Group Zoe Picton-Howell  
National Clinical Lead for Children & Young People in Scotland Katherine McKay  

National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and

Transition to Adulthood

Jacqueline Cornish  
     
     

Council minutes

13 November 2013

Download minutes - November 2013 (PDF)

 

3 July 2013

Download minutes - July 2013 (PDF)

 

6 March 2013

Download minutes - March 2013 (PDF)

 

14 November 2012

The following items were agreed:

  1. College would investigate the logistics and practicialities of a Faculty of Child Health.
  2. College would produce a paper with a summary of the costs, risks and actions needed for a Faculty of Child Health.
  3. The 2011/12 financial statements were adopted.
  4. 2012 Trainee Survey would be published.
  5. The Committee and Examiner Appointments and the admission of College Members and Fellows.
  6. The 203 CPD Guidelines were adopted and would be published in 2013.

The following were discussed:

  1. The Corporate Action Plan.
  2. Senior Management Team report.
  3. An overall commentary on the financial position of the College.
  4. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland on workforce issues. 
  5. An update on the Greenaway Review.
  6. An update on the ACCEA process for 2013. 

 

11 July 2012

The following items were agreed:

  1. The President would write to the Trusts reminding them of their responsibilities in completing the Workforce Census 2011 and the advantages accrued to them in the College being in receipt of a complete Census.
  2. Recommendations on governance to be made to EC and full Council and would be followed by any necessary changes to the Bye Laws.
  3. The 2012/13 budget for the general, restricted, designated and capital funds.
  4. A motion to be prepared for the 2013 AGM to permit Junior Members to be included in the electorate for Trainees’ Representatives on College Council.
  5. The Committee and Examiner Appointments and the admission of College Members and Fellows.

The following were discussed:

  1. The future work of the College, including: membership engagement; governance review; workforce standards and the new education centre.
  2. Senior Management Team report.
  3. An overall commentary on the financial position of the College.
  4. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland. 
  5. An update on the Invited Review programme. 
  6. A report summarising the Annual Conference 2012. 

 

7 March 2012

The following items were agreed:

  1. Altering the governance structure of College examinations to allow for a more flexible process of reviewing and amending examination regulations when required.
  2. To make the relaxation of regulations covering MRCPCH Clinical Exam permanent.
  3. That the RCPCH's approach to requests for invited reviews of paediatric or neonatal services or individual paediatric practice and Council will look at guidance policy at the next meeting.
  4. That the College would now settle the outstanding deficit of £1.33million from the USS Pension Scheme.
  5. The Committee and Examiner Appointments and the admission of College Members and Fellows were agreed.

The following were discussed:

  1. The Clinical Excellence Awards scheme.
  2. An update of the Parent and carer feedback tool (PaedCCF).
  3. An overall commentary on the financial position of the College.
  4. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
  5. The Health and Social Care Bill and Liberating the NHS.

 

16 November 2011

The following items were agreed:

  1. The establishment of a working group to review all of the RCPCH bye-laws and regulations.
  2. Approved the CPD Guidelines for 2012.
  3. The RCPCH Corporate Plan for 2012-2015.

The following items were discussed:

  1. An update on the Parent’s and Carer’s Group and the recruitment of new members.
  2. An update on the current work of the College around the impact and progress of the NHS Bill.
  3. Progress on the development of a Fundraising Appeal aimed at establishing an Education Centre in the RCPCH headquarters in London.
  4. An overall commentary on the financial position of the College.
  5. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
  6. A report on the RCPCH Project on allergy care pathways.

 

13 July 2011

The following items were agreed:

  1. That the College to pay residual liability to USS and leave the pension scheme.
  2. The College would take forward the development of an RCPCH mentoring scheme subject to financial and staff resources.
  3. The College would explore making a bid to the Academy of Medical of Royal Colleges for a grant to study the impact of consultant delivered care. 
  4. Approved the College Budget for 2011/12.
  5. Approved having a trial period of relaxation of regulations covering MRCPCH Clinical Exam.

The following items were discussed:

  1. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
  2. A report from the Patients’ and Carers’ Advisory Group on its work in 2010/11.
  3. An update on an appeal strategy for a centre of excellence for paediatric education in the UK.

 

2 March 2011

The following items were agreed:

  1. Delegating responsibility for directing a committee member to cease being a member of a given Committee to chairs of committees via the Registrar.
  2. Approved the appointment of the Registrar as the Responsible Officer.
  3. Approved the final version of Facing the Future.
  4. That the College would look at avenues for funding a Commission that examined ‘What a good Children’s Service looks like’.

The following items were discussed:

  1. An update on the current status of the College’s restructuring.
  2. A report outlining the findings of a survey undertaken by the College to collect evidence on the current state of compliance with the European Working Time Directive.
  3. A report setting out the work of the Child Protection Officer and Standing Committee over the last year.
  4. An overall commentary on the financial position of the College.
  5. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
  6. An update on the work of the Patients’ and Carers’ Advisory Group.
  7. A paper summarising Developing the Healthcare Workforce consultation. 

 

17 November 2010

The following items were agreed: 

  1. Council approved the College’s CPD guidelines for 2011. 
  2. Council approved the proposed changes to the categories of membership.  
  3. Council approved the College’s statutory Council Report and Financial Statements for the year to 31 August 2010. 

The following items were discussed: 

  1. A report which contained a number of proposals and a timeline for an awards ceremony for Paediatrician of the Year.   forfojdjdjdjdjdjdjdj
  2. The revision of the Intercollegiate safeguarding competences for health professionals.
  3. An international strategy that had been drafted and discussed at the International Board.  
  4. A report outlining discussion of the first meeting of the working group on Supporting Paediatricians. 
  5. A report which described ST7A, its rationale, structure, and proposed implementation. 
  6. A paper that aimed to establish the College’s ethical criteria for fundraising. 
  7. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.  
  8. Council considered the Time for Change report .
  9. Council received and discussed a presentation from the British Paediatric Mental Health Group and the Young Persons Special Interest Group on the College and Mental Health.

 

7 July 2010

The following items were agreed:

  1. Paediatrician of the Year  awards going ahead to cover the whole of the UK.
  2. The transition plan for College work in Gaza subject to a fully costed business case being put together and considered as part of the International Strategy. 
  3. The original budget for the year to 31 August 2011 and a set of ten Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  4. The decision in principle to purchase a College flat at a suitable point in the future when sufficient funds were available. 
  5. The proposed changes to the public space in 5 Theobalds Road subject to looking at AV costs and future income streams. 
  6. The revised process with respect to College endorsement of documents.  
  7. To the proposal for a new College website by March 2011.  

The following items were discussed:

  1. College Staff restructuring process had started and a 30 day consultation process was underway. 
  2. Reports from National Officers for Wales, Ireland and Scotland.   
  3. A report outlining concerns about the continuation of run through training for paediatrics.
  4. A document entitled 'Ensuring the safe and sustainable provision of General Paediatric Surgery in the District General Hospital', which had been approved by the College.
  5. A progress report on the implementation of the Working Time Directive.  
  6. A progress report on the production of the College's 2009 Workforce Census.  
  7. The proposed College Mission, Vision and Values and the College branding.

 

24 February 2010

The following items were agreed: 

  1. The set of service and workforce standards for acute services which had been developed for consideration by Council.  
  2. The Guide to Children and Young People's Participation in Health Services for Paediatricians and Service Leaders. 
  3. The creation of the Safety Board subject to costs being covered by the NPSA.
  4. The delegation of endorsement in regard to a joint Royal College of Nursing-RCPCH publication on “Maximising Nursing Skills in Caring for Children in Emergency Departments”.   
  5. To give 'in principle' support for the project to improve the website and e-services. 
  6. The proposal that the appointment of the Officer Posts for Healthy Lifestyles and Examinations should be by interview and that the Election Scrutiny Committee would review the appointment of all other Officer posts.
  7. The proposed changes to the SASG Committee terms of reference. 
  8. The College three year business plan as a basis for taking further work forward. 

The following items were discussed: 

  1. Reports from National Officers from Scotland, Wales and Ireland. 
  2. A progress report on the implementation of the Working Time Directive.
  3. The issue of the College promoting the concept of Paediatric Allergy specialists or Paediatricians with a special interest in allergy.  
  4. A strategy for the College Mission, Vision and Values.