Unfortunately the CSP has had to make the difficult decision to postpone the process to elect six new Council members for a year due to the COVID 19 virus
We are very mindful of the pressures on our members at the clinical frontline and do not wish to run an election which will divert members away from their work and divert our focus from our role to provide members the support they need.
It is really important that our Council is made up of a diverse range of members, from different background and with varying specialisms, so that it is reflective of our membership. We are concerned that given the current pressures on members it will not be possible for members to engage in the election process and we are unlikely to get nominations until members working commitments have normalised.
We were due to launch the nomination process on 25 March to ask all fully subscribing members to consider putting themselves forward for one of six vacancies. This process will now be launched in early 2021. We are hugely grateful to the members who were due to step down from Council in November and their employers for their support in making this decision and staying on Council past the end of their term where it is possible for them to do so.
We recognise that this decision is not in compliance with Bye-Law 23 which requires six members of Council to step down in November, following the constitutional changes voted in by members in 2017.
However, we hope you agree that it is more important to ensure members are not diverted from front line services at the moment. You can be reassured that the Council members continuing in office were voted in by members in 2018 in accordance with our constitutional requirements, and none have reached the maximum term of office.
We have been in touch with the Privy Council about this decision and they are very understanding of our predicament. They recognise other professional bodies are in a similar position and that difficult choices need to be made for the benefit of members and the profession. However if you are concerned by this decision, please contact Nicola Ebdon, CSP Head of Governance.