Minutes of the meeting of the UKCEA Executive Committee held on Thursday 17 2005 March at the RCGP PRESENT: Dr R Flew – in the Chair Dr J Bilkhu; Dr M Grenville; Dr A Hibble; Dr S Holmes; Dr J Howard; Professor N Jackson; Dr Vish Kini; Dr A McKnight; Dr I McLean, Dr M Taylor Mona Lindsay 1) Apologies Apologies were received from: Dr K Hill; Dr T John; Dr M Lewis; Dr T Mathie; Dr B Savage and Dr R While. 2) Minutes The minutes of the meeting held on 18 November 2004 were received as a correct record. 3) Matters Arising from the Minutes i) It was questioned whether the Executive should discuss their displeasure regarding the position of the NI pay scales and it was decided to wait until the next meeting by which time the matter should have been resolved. ii) The NAPCE handbook had been distributed with financial support from UKCEA. 4) Treasurer’s Report The Treasurer reported the balance at the bank as at 28 February 2005 was: Deposit account £31,520.56 Current account £22,352.46 The year end accounts will be emailed to the Executive for approval and presented for approval and adoption at the AGM. Morgan Cole, Solicitors will be writing formally to Medify regarding non-payment of accreditation fees. The Executive agreed that in future cheques should be cleared before programmes are assessed for accreditation. 5) Chairman’s Report The Chairman stated the joint NAPCE/UKCEA Executive meeting had been very productive and all bodes well for a positive relationship between the two organisations. 6) DBL Panel Received: a) Paper from Professor Jackson on the current DBL process. Received: b) Paper from Dr Flew on the future options for DBL. The above papers were produced following a meeting to discuss DBL between Dr Flew and Professor Jackson. There was a proposal to merge DBL and the RCGP’S Higher Professional Development (HPD) accreditation. At a recent RCGP Educational Network meeting there was discussion on taking forward the CPD programme. The RCGP had a system in Scotland which accredited educational providers and was impacting on a small part of the market. The Executive agreed the DBL Panel should continue for at least a further two years until the outcomes of revalidation are Action: Dr Flew to contact the RCGP suggesting a meeting to discuss accreditation with the guidelines of both DBL and HPD considered (Dr Alison Baker to be involved). 7) Feedback from Joint UKCEA/NAPCE Meeting i) Joint website UKCEA had tried to develop a website without success. It was suggested UKCEA could join forces with or have a page on the NAPCE website. There would be costs involved. NAPCE were about to upgrade their website. At present it contained no private areas. It was proposed to have a joint log-in page for each organisation. Costs would be less if a joint front page was produced than if one was set up independently. It would cost £1,500 to set up and £1,000 per annum for maintenance. From a charity point of view, UKCEA had to make clear what the funds they spent was doing for members. It was agreed to join forces with NAPCE and produce a joint website with separate log-in buttons – members would be able to go to any page they wished. Agreed: Dr Kevin Hill lead from UKCEA. ii) Combined Newsletter It was proposed that UKCEA have a page in the NAPCE Newsletter and it was considered sensible to share the costs of distribution. It would cost £6,700 for materials and £4,700 for distribution. NAPCE proposed UKCEA pay a quarter of the costs. UKCEA would bring additional weight to the newsletter. The cost in such an electronic age was questioned. The newsletter was an important paper which was distributed to among others PCT Chief Executives and Clinical Governance leads. There was concern that UKCEA could become consumed by NAPCE who were larger, and ACO views on UKCEA getting so closely involved with NAPCE. 8) UKCEA Think tank Meeting It was agreed to hold an Executive brainstorming session either the night before or the morning of the AGM. Details will be circulated. 9) The GP Education Workforce Received: a) Paper on the Employment of Primary Care Educations in the 2005 NHS This draft paper included comments from the ACO and was considered a good model to take forward. UKCEA as a body could develop this piece of work and present it to the BMA. The appraisal section did not differentiate between people at different levels. Appendix 1 containing pay scales had potential for country differences in the way scales are interpreted. The paper should have another set of competences for medical and non-medical primary care educators. Received: b) Responses on the paper on Educator Employment in the NHS. Received: c) Document on Educational Governance in Primary Care. This was considered a valuable document for educationalists. It should be made simpler and smaller. Agreed: This document be circulated to UKCEA members for their comments which will be discussed at the AGM along with the role the UKCEA could play. 10) UKEA Bursaries The Executive agreed on an assessor panel to look at the bursary applications against the criteria. The panel to be: Jas Bilkhu John Howard Richard Flew Agnes McKnight The panel would also review the criteria. Bursaries will be announced at the AGM. 11) Election of New Executive at Annual Conference Received for information, section from the constitution on the membership of the Executive Committee. To Elect at AGM: new Vice-Chairman and new Treasurer. Richard Flew would be standing down as chair of the Executive. Dr Jas Bilkhu will be the next chair. Five Associate members will be up for re-election. Voting will take place at the conference and appointments announced. 12) Other Business Dr McKnight presented the draft agenda for the AGM in Belfast. It was agreed to invite Dr Mayur Lakhani chair of the RCGP, to the conference. 13) Next Meeting The next meeting of the Executive will be held at the AGM – time to be announced.
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