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Appointment of Consultants (Special Agencies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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2.  In these Regulations–

“application” means an application for an appointment to which these Regulations apply;

“chief officer” means the person holding the post or performing the duties of a Chief Executive of a special agency;

“Committee” means an Advisory Appointments Committee constituted pursuant to regulation 7;

“consultant”, in relation to a relevant specialty, means–


a consultant specialising or who has recently specialised in the relevant specialty; or


where such a specialty has not yet been established, a consultant specialising or who has recently specialised in a specialty which is closely related to the relevant specialty;

“hospice” means an institution which provides hospital accommodation wholly or mainly for persons resident there who are terminally ill;

“joint appointment posts” means full-time posts involving both teaching and hospital duties to which persons are appointed jointly by a special agency and the Queen’s University of Belfast;

“lay member” means a member who is not–


an employee of any Health and Social Services Board or any Health and Social Services Trust or special agency; or


except when he is also Chairman of the special agency, a medical or dental practitioner;

“professional member” in relation to a proposed appointment means–


in the case of an appointment to a medical specialty, a medical practitioner; or


in the case of an appointment to a dental speciality, a dental practitioner;

“relevant specialty”, in relation to a proposed appointment, means the branch of medicine or dentistry in which the appointment is to be made.

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