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The Constitution

1. The Association is known as: The Royal London Hospital League of Nurses

2.  The aims are:

  1. to form a link between the past and present Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors of The Royal London Hospital, (The London Hospital), Mile End Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children.
  2. to help serve the professional, personal and social needs of individual members.
  3. to stimulate the professional interest and responsibility of members to the hospital and their profession.

3.  Membership. The election of members shall be vested in the first instance in the Honorary Officers, for ratification by the Executive Committee at its next meeting.

Eligibility

  1. Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors holding a statutory qualification who have held an appointment for at least one year within The Royal London Hospital, Mile End Hospital or Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children.
  2. Those holding a certificate awarded by the Princess Alexandra and Newham School of Nursing and Midwifery, previously known as The London Hospital School of Nursing or the Princess Alexandra College of Nursing and Midwifery, leading to a registered qualification.
  3. Those who have accepted honorary membership.

The subscription shall be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee and any change shall be subsequently agreed by members at a General Meeting. It shall be payable on election and subsequently annually. Membership shall lapse if the subscription has not been paid for two consecutive years and an additional cost may be incurred by a member wishing to rejoin The League.

A list of members, with their addresses, shall be kept. Change of name and/or address shall be notified to the Honorary Secretary and recorded in the lists which will be published from time to time.

4.  Meetings:- There shall be at least one meeting in the year, and if only one it shall be the Annual General Meeting. An extra ordinary meeting can be convened, with notice given to members four weeks in advance.

5.  The Review shall be published annually.

6.  The Business of the League shall be managed by the Executive Committee which shall meet as and when required, ten members at least one of whom must be an Honorary Officer to form a quorum. The Committee shall present a Report at each Annual General Meeting, which shall include a financial report and audited accounts, made up to the preceding December 31st. The Executive Committee shall appoint all sub-committees annually.

7.  The President:- There shall be a President, who shall be a League Member and shall be elected by the Executive Committee. He/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees. The President shall hold office for three years and be eligible for re-election by the Executive Committee. In the event of the Executive Committee failing to re-elect the President, or the President resigning, members of The League of Nurses shall be reminded of their right to nominate a candidate. Candidates for the office of president may be nominated by any four members of The League. The written consent of the candidate must be obtained and the official form completed to reach the Honorary Secretary at least six weeks before the Executive Committee Meeting nominated for the election of the new President. Vice-Presidents:- Up to six Vice-Presidents may be nominated and elected by the Executive Committee.

8.  The Executive Committee shall consist of the Honorary Officers, eighteen elected members and up to three co-opted members to represent special interests, who must all be members of The League. The Executive Committee shall have powers to fill any vacancy that may occur until the next election. a)  The Honorary Officers shall consist of the President, Vice-Presidents, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Editor of the Review. The Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer shall also be members of all Sub-Committees. The Honorary Officers shall be elected by the Executive Committee and shall hold office for three years and may be eligible for re-election. The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint assistants to the Honorary Officers. The assistants may attend the Executive Committee Meetings as required. b] The Elected Members shall include twelve members of The League who are former Nursing, Midwifery or Health Visiting staff and six members of The League who are present members of the Nursing, Midwifery or Health Visiting staff of Barts and The London NHS Trust. After three years individually elected members and all the co-opted members shall retire and be eligible for re-election or co-option. Candidates must be nominated by two members of The League using the official form. The candidate's written consent to serve must have been obtained. The form must be returned to the Honorary Secretary before 1st December each year. If an election is required this shall be by postal ballot and the names of those nominated will be sent to all members of The League on the printed voting paper. Voting may also take place electronically. These papers will be returned to the Honorary Scrutineer, who shall be appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting, by the date specified on the paper: the result of the election shall be declared at the Annual General Meeting.

9.  The Executive Committee shall have the power to employ such clerical help as may be necessary for carrying on the business of The League. 10.  No addition, rescission or amendment shall be made to or in the above constitution without the sanction of the members at a General Meeting. Notice of such proposed addition, rescission or amendment shall be sent to the Honorary Secretary at least twenty four weeks before the General Meeting. A copy of such proposed addition, rescission or amendment, passed by the Executive Committee, shall be sent to each member of The League at least ten weeks before the General Meeting. No such addition, rescission or amendment shall become law unless it is passed by two thirds of the members present at such a General Meeting.

October 2001

 

 

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