Annual Representative Conference

The 33rd Annual Representative Conference (ARC) will take place on 18-19 June 2024 at the Midland Hotel, Manchester. 

The Annual Representative Conference (ARC) is an opportunity for the CSP’s members to meet for two days to discuss and debate matters of importance to the profession. Delegates vote on motions to propose CSP policy and action to advise CSP Council on future policies and campaigns.

What happens at ARC?

  • Groups are invited to present their motions – speakers propose their motion other representatives have the opportunity to respond and debate. A vote is taken on each motion and nominated reps are asked to vote.
  • Fringe meetings – any group or committee can put forward a proposal to hold a fringe meeting at ARC.
  • Election of the Agenda Committee reps will take place during the conference (when a vacancy arises).
  • Rep of the Year awards

What are motions?

An ARC motion is a form of words formally proposing an action or policy to the CSP Council. Motions are debated and voted on at ARC.

As part of its responsibility for determining ARC business, the ARC Agenda Committee considers any motions proposed by CSP representative groups, in line with the ARC constitution.

As ARC is an advisory body to the CSP’s elected Council, ARC resolutions are not automatically mandatory. Council can decide to accept or reject them. 

Discussion items

The Agenda Committee is also giving groups the opportunity to raise possible discussion items.  A discussion item is one where a group wishes to speak on a particular matter, and to hear the contributions of other delegates, but where the group is not requesting that CSP take any new actions, or to change policy.  The approval of discussion items will be at the discretion of the Agenda Committee

How do I submit a motion or discussion item?

Proposing groups are invited to submit up to two motions relevant to issue that fit within the remit of the CSP corporate strategy 2023-27 and within the role of the CSP as a professional body and trade union.

Motion process timetable

  1. Submissions open Friday 5 January 2024.
  2. Submissions close 12pm, Thursday 29 February 2024
  3. Proposing groups will be advised of the Committee's initial decision on motions by 31 March 2024 and will have until 15 April 2024 to appeal or amend motions.
  4. Motions approved by the ARC Agenda Committee will be published online by Friday 17 May 2024.

Any amendments to motions should be submitted by 12pm, Thursday 24 May 2024.

When can I register to attend ARC?

Registration will be launched early March 2024. Representative groups will determine which representatives they will choose to register. Each group has an allocated number of places at ARC.

Who are the proposing groups?

  • Associates group 
  • Diversity network groups 
  • National Group of Regional Safety Representatives and National Group of Regional Stewards 
  • Professional Networks 
  • Regional Networks and Country Boards
  • Retirement network group 
  • Student Reference Group 

What has the ARC done for the CSP and its members?

Previous ARC motions have helped to change the future of the profession in areas such as:

  • prescribing rights
  • opening membership up to associates
  • injection therapy
  • affiliating to the TUC
  • leading the way in equity and diversity issues, resulting in creating the network groups
  • employing CSP policy officers and setting up CSP regional offices

Who are the ARC Agenda Committee?

The ARC Agenda Committee (AAC) leads on developing plans for the conference, aiming to attract up to 250 representatives from CSP networks, boards and groups. Proposing groups are encouraged to think about motions to propose that are relevant to an issue that fits under the CSP corporate strategy. The ARC Agenda Committee determines the business of ARC, so that the conference achieves its purpose. The committee will consider submitted motions and oversee the management of motions.

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