The Council of Management met on 7 February. Included within the business of the meeting, the Council agreed to recommend the re-appointment of RSM UK Audit LLP as auditors to the Association at the AGM in June later this year. The Council also conducted its annual comprehensive risk assessment for the charity and satisfied itself that risks had been appropriately identified and were being suitably managed.
Every year there is an election of people to serve on the Council of Management. These elections are governed by the constitution of the Association and also by a set of election rules that are agreed by the Council. At its recent meeting, the Council reviewed and updated these rules. This included introducing a new template for candidates’ election addresses. Starting this year, all candidates will need to use this template. This should make it easier and fairer for people to compare what different candidates have to say.
For several months the Council’s Research committee has been working to produce a new strategy for research to run from 2017 to 2021. The strategy was presented to the Council in February. Council has now endorsed and adopted the new strategy. What this means is that over the next five years our research focus will be on the following five things:
1. Funding research projects.
2. Supporting researchers with non-financial resources.
3. Partnering and collaborating with other researchers to maximise resources.
4. Campaigning for more research into epilepsy including making the case for more government funding for epilepsy research.
5. Providing outlets for the sharing of research findings.
The strategy also identifies six priorities for our future research work. These are:
1. An assessment of the quality of local epilepsy services and access to those services.
2. Evidencing the benefits of epilepsy specialist nurses.
3. Determining what types of self-management and what methods of delivery work best.
4. Better understanding how the ageing process can lead to the development of epilepsy.
5. Measuring stigma and determining its impact on public attitudes and on the quality of life of people with epilepsy.
6. Identifying barriers to employment for people with epilepsy and how these barriers can be removed or reduced.
The next meeting of the Council is scheduled to take place on 4 April 2017.