REFLECTIONS FOLLOWING THE FIRST PARAMEDIC COUNCIL MEETING
Rory O’Connor, Interim Chair.
I’m very proud to be a paramedic. I’m also very proud to represent and serve our professional body and its members. As a professional body we have been undertaking a significant amount of governance reform, with the aim of making our organisation more fit for purpose, agile, and to put us closer to our ever-growing membership.
One of the main outcomes of this process will hopefully be the creation of the Paramedic Council. This will allow our membership to be better represented, and allow us to accurately portray the voice of our members as we steer the direction of the professional body, and ensure it reflects the reality of being a paramedic in 2021, with all its opportunities and challenges.
We are currently meeting in ‘shadow’ format pending the full ratification of the enormous changes we are proposing to College structures and governance. Members will get a chance to vote on the changes proposed, through a vote on our Articles of Association, from the 6th April.
We held our first shadow Paramedic Council meeting in February, which was well attended by your Member Representatives from around the UK, and gave a glimpse into how, as a Council, we can influence the direction of the professional body through member advocation and representation.
The Council is part of the aim to make the College more ‘regional’ and take it closer to our members. My aim, as Interim Chair of Council, is to ensure this happens, through robust and representative structures, which will form the basis of our member representation and allow members to be able to contribute more to the ongoing work of the College within your region, nation or sector, and also nationally.
We will keep members updated regularly, about new developments in our restructure, and the reality of how our work changes when the restructure is embedded.