Applications are now open for new members to join the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) statutory committees - the Preliminary Investigation and Disciplinary Committees.

This is the first time that non-Council members have been able to sit on these two key committees, and follows the approval of a Legislative Reform Order (LRO) to the Veterinary Surgeons Act, which comes into force on 6 April 2013.

Under the new legislation, the two statutory committees will move through a transition period until they completely comprise independently-appointed non-Council members, by July 2015.

This move will provide regulation in line with modern practice, by ensuring that the same group of people is not responsible for setting the rules, investigating complaints and adjudication, and by bringing lay people formally into the Preliminary Investigation Committee.

The LRO will also allow the RCVS to increase the pool of people available to investigate complaints and sit on disciplinary hearings, reducing the onerous workload on the individual Committee members whose primary appointment is to RCVS Council.

This first recruitment phase seeks:

  • Three lay members and two veterinary surgeons to serve on the Preliminary Investigation Committee from 1 July 2013;
  • Four lay members and four veterinary surgeons to serve on the Disciplinary Committee from 1 July 2013;
  • Two veterinary surgeons to serve on the Preliminary Investigation Committee from 1 July 2014; and,
  • Three lay members and three veterinary surgeons to serve on the Disciplinary Committee from 1 July 2014.

 

"It's exciting that we can now seek to appoint non-Council members to the two committees involved in our disciplinary system - a breakthrough that has taken a long time to achieve," says RCVS President, Jacqui Molyneux. "We are interested to hear from veterinary surgeons and lay people who are keen to contribute to the public good and support us in our regulatory role. It's an excellent opportunity to be part of the next chapter of the RCVS, as we become a more modern and effective regulator."

The recruitment process is being handled by Thewlis Graham Associates and details can be found at www.thewlisgraham.com. The selection committee will comprise Sir Michael Buckley, Christopher Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS and Dr Joan Martin MA FCOT.

The closing deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 4 March 2013.

(Source: rcvs.org.uk)