- Approval of the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18/10/08 in Manchester
- Adoption of the annual report for 2008
- Approval of the balance sheet and accounts for the year ended 31/12/08
- Appointment of Baker Tilly as auditors for 2009
- Approval of bye-law changes notified in Frontline
- Results of elections to Council 2009
- Any other pertinent business
Copies of the full accounts for 2008 are available at the meeting.
Votes at an Annual General Meeting may be given personally or by proxy. A proxy form can be obtained from the Chief Executive’s office at 14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED, 020 7306 6642 or email@example.com or downloaded from the CSP website www.csp.org.uk. Proxy forms must be completed, signed personally, and returned to the Chief Executive’s office to arrive no later than 1pm on 12 October 2009. They will be accepted by fax (020 7306 6643) or by post.
CSP Bye-Law Amendments
In June 2007 Council approved a revised approach for CSP accreditation of qualifying courses in UK universities (including a nominal £2,000 per institution annual fee), together with a new system of CSP student membership, paid directly by individual students. This was a direct result of changes in the NHS reimbursement of universities, which meant that they would no longer be able to ensure that all students became CSP student members (a condition of existing course recognition agreement), or to pay the fee on their behalf.
Council decided that, in line with the CSP’s royal charter and bye-laws, chartered status would only be conferred on graduation on those graduating from a university that was recognised under the CSP’s educational accreditation process and where the institution concerned continued to engage with the CSP and paid the nominal annual fee. For anyone qualifying from a degree course that was not accredited, Council agreed that there would be a requirement for those graduates to undertake an additional post-qualifying educational process (through CPD and the electronic PebblePad system) in order to demonstrate that they had achieved the standard sufficient for the privilege of chartered status (and the right to be called yourself a chartered physiotherapist) to be granted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Existing intakes of students who were on recognised courses in 2006-2007 were exempted. Council also agreed to give the universities over a year’s notice of the new endorsement process to be able to inform their future student intakes that the courses would not lead to chartered status on graduation if they were not part of the revised CSP accreditation process. This has meant that the intake of students for 2007-2008 would be exempted from these changes. However, students from the September 2008 intake (with those on three-year programmes qualifying in June 2011) would be affected by new changes if their course were no longer CSP-endorsed.
Amendments to the bye-law changes are required to reflect these changes.
COUNCIL AGREED TO SOME BYE-LAW AMENDMENTS FOR:
1) Any graduate from any remaining non-CSP-recognised qualifying courses from June 2011 onwards to enable these graduates to achieve chartered physiotherapist status by a post-qualifying continuing professional development route. It was expected that this could take up to a year.
2) If this proves necessary, Council also decided at its meeting in March 2007 that this should also be the required route for new overseas-qualified physiotherapists who achieve Health Professions Council registration and then wish to join the CSP for the first time. (Degree qualifying courses from the Republic of Ireland would be exempted in line with the CSP’s long-standing mutual recognition agreement with our sister organisation, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, who have their own recognition arrangements for the Irish Republic university qualifying courses).
3) A new category of affiliate membership will need to be created to accommodate temporarily the HPC-registered physiotherapists from courses not recognised by the CSP during the period leading up to the formal granting of chartered status. This would also be the title for new HPC-registered overseas-qualified physiotherapists described in 2above.
4) These changes will require some careful cross-checking with the wording and numbering references in other CSP bye-laws before they are finally agreed by the Privy Council. In order to avoid a repetition of the problems with the Department of Health lawyers on the last set of bye-laws (where they insisted that Council voted twice again to re-approve minor word changes or numbering that did not alter the end result), Council agreed that any necessary minor wording or numbering changes could be made following discussion with government or other legal advisers to achieve the same end without it having to return to Council.
5) The timetable for implementation will be at Council’s discretion. This means that Council will be able to decide at a later date whether or not to implement these new bye-law changes for UK- or HPC-registered overseas graduates. The full text of the bye-law amendments is published on the CSP website www.csp.org.uk
How will the bye-laws be changed?
The amendments to the wording will be put to members at the AGM for approval by a simple majority. If the amendments are approved they will then go on (with DH legal agreement) to the Privy Council where we expect rapid approval.