COT Boards ensure communication between Council and College departments
The organization has two functional boards:
Each country within the UK also has a representative board:
COT Boards have an advisory and an operational role in supporting the delivery of BAOT/COT Council's work plan and objectives in their particular area of expertise. They also provide a line of accountability for BAOT members through the members of the Board and directly to Council via their chairmen who each have a seat on Council.
COT Boards normally have 8 elected members who, in most cases, are BAOT members. Other expertise is sometimes added through co-option. They hold one day meetings three times a year and members' travel expenses are covered. Work is also ongoing between meetings.
Board members normally serve for a three year term of office and a variety of vacancies come up every year. Vacancies are advertised in OTnews for all members to consider and apply for. The Board chairmen are elected through the annual BAOT/COT Council election process, as the positions fall vacant.
Board membership provides an excellent opportunity for members to contribute their knowledge and experience in their chosen area of expertise and to influence the work of the organisation in this area. It also offers individuals an amazing opportunity to be involved in the professional community of occupational therapy at national level for the benefit of their own CPD and work.