Northern Ireland Board and Policy Officer

The Northern Ireland Board advises Council on issues relating to membership and policy in Northern Ireland

How many people are on the Northern Ireland Board?

There are 8 voting members on the Board.
This includes:

  • 1 Council Member
  • 1 Regional UNISON Representative
  • 6 Board Members

 
In addition to these 8 members, the Northern Ireland Board has a Regional Committee Representative co-opted onto the Board.
 

Board Members

 

How often does the Northern Ireland Board meet?

The Board meets three times per year from 10am to 4pm.
2016/17 meetings:

  • Thursday 20 October 2016
  • Thursday 23 March 2017
  • Thursday 15 June 2017

 
If you would like to attend any of these meetings as an observer, please contact Lorinda Sharkey
 

What is the election process for joining the Northern Ireland Board?

  • Vacancies are advertised in February
  • Nominations are to be returned to COT by specified deadline (usually March or April)
  • An election will take place if there are more nominations than posts available
  • New members take up their position on the Board in June.

 
If you are interested in joining the Northern Ireland Board, please contact Lorinda Sharkey.
 

What is the term of office for the Board?

 
The term of office is 3 years
 

How often does the Northern Ireland Board meet?

 
The Board meets three times per year from 10am to 4pm.
 
2015/16 meetings:

  • Thursday 12 November 2015
  • Thursday 24 March 2016
  • Thursday 23 June 2016

 
If you would like to attend any of these meetings as an observer, please contact Lorinda Sharkey
 

Why be a Board Member?

  • To be able to influence at a strategic level
  • To gain knowledge and experience
  • To make a difference so services users can get the services they need
  • To promote and raise the profile of the profession
  • To be able to raise Northern Ireland related issues to the College of Occupational Therapists
  • To lead the profession in Northern Ireland forward

 

What does the Northern Ireland Board do?

There are four Country Boards:

  1. England
  2. Scotland
  3. Wales
  4. Northern Ireland

 

The Boards role is to consider:

 

Policy:

The Boards role is to consider the policy and legislative changes in Northern Ireland. It is important for the Board to know what they are and how they are going to affect the practice of occupational therapy and the impact on service users as well as to influence for the profession and service users.
 

The Boards role is:

  • To provide a key steer and advice for COT and members
  • Report to Council on matters of key importance
  • Support the policy officer to influence.

 

Practice:

  • To consider practice matters and emerging areas of practice
  • To ensure that ethical and quality matters are addressed
  • Identify where guidance for members may be required.

 

Membership:

  • To consider country specific membership matters to ensure members see the value of belonging to their professional body

 

Who is the Northern Ireland Policy Officer?

 
Kate Lesslar is the Policy Officer for Northern Ireland.
 

The Policy Officer's role is:

  • To represent and be a key point of contact for BA/COT in Northern Ireland
  • To gather knowledge about key issues for occupational therapists in Northern Ireland and work with them to influence positive outcomes
  • To be up-to-date with key policy and legislation, responding to consultations, influencing and lobbying to promote the profession in Northern Ireland
  • To raise awareness of the need and value of occupational therapy in Northern Ireland
  • To support the Northern Ireland Board.