Chapter of Nurses

Overview

The British Transplantation Society Chapter of Nurses is a supportive forum for all nurse members working in organ donation and transplantation.

The Chapter aims to encourage collaborative and inclusive working, the sharing of best evidence based practice and to celebrate innovation.

We also consider current nursing issues in organ donation and transplantation and assist the Society in having an agreed position in these areas. There are currently 2 nurses who sit on the BTS Council one representing recipient coordination and one representing donor coordination.

Purpose

The British Transplantation Society Nurses Chapter conforms and works within the framework of society rules. It is a forum for all nurse members of the Society and is responsible for:

  • Providing a professional voice for nurses working in all areas of organ donation and transplantation.
  • Considering current nursing issues in organ donation and transplant nursing to assist the Society in having an agreed position in these areas.

Benefits

  • To provide better understanding of all nursing roles within Organ Donation and Transplantation.
  • To encourage collaborative working and establish effective lines of communication.
  • To provide a national forum for sharing best and evidence based practice and to celebrate innovation.

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Within all areas of organ donation and transplantation, to:
    • Provide a professional voice for nurses working in the field
    • Establish a forum for consideration and debate of current and future nursing issues
    • Inform Council of current and future nursing issues
  2. To maintain the Nurses Chapter sections of the website.
  3. Collaborate with other agencies where appropriate to develop opportunities for learning.
  4. Organise the Nurses’ Chapter Symposium at the BTS Annual Congress in liaison with the Conference Organising Committee.
  5. Encourage and support new members to join the Society

Membership

The committee will consist of up to 8 members. It will be jointly chaired by the Councillor representing Donor Co-ordination and the Councillor representing Co-ordination and Transplant Nursing. The outgoing councillors (co-chairs) will remain committee members for up to 1 year to provide continuity and support. There should be representation from the Society for Living Donor Co-ordination,

Transplant Nursing, Recipient Co-ordination and Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation.

The Councillors representing Donor Co-ordination and the Councillor representing Co-ordination and Transplant Nursing will be elected by the Society in a free ballot. This will be organised by the Electoral Reform Society to coincide with all other elections of the BTS. The tenure of membership shall be 3 years from the next BTS congress.

Members will be required to complete an annual Declaration of Interests.

The committee will meet at least twice a year and report on its activities to the Executive and Council of the BTS through the Councillors representing Donor Co-ordination and the Councillor representing Co-ordination and Transplant Nursing. The quorate number for meetings will be 3 people to include one co-Chair plus at least 2 others.

Authorised meeting notes shall be kept in the Members Only area of the website.

These terms of reference will be reviewed annually – next review September 2016

 

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