CSP Council has agreed to the development of a new model for the way the England boards work, in an attempt to strengthen the regional structures.
The September meeting decided on the model to encourage more engagement with members in recognition that the current structure is not working. Council chair Sarah Bazin said regional boards needed to be re-energised, as more decision-making powers were being devolved to strategic health authorities and trusts. Without a stronger voice, physiotherapists would not be able to influence service delivery, she warned. 'We will be looking increasingly at regional governance and decision making, so we need to get our house in order. The society won't be able to act without providing regional information to strategic health authorities,' she said. The new model is in response to concerns that board members often struggle to find time to meet, by offering more flexibility in the way they interact. The boards would comprise a core group, but would give other members the option to attend debates, depending on their interest in the topic. Members would also use the interactiveCSP network as a means of remote communication. The networks would be expected to meet key outcomes agreed by Council, and all board members would have to be involved in at least some of the debates. The boards would also have to establish their own regional priorities.However, boards wishing to continue with the current model will be free to do so. The Council meeting also discussed the possible future need for a national board for England to represent members on wider issues such as graduate unemployment, following the example of strong campaigns pushed by the Wales and Scotland boards.
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