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The National Health Service (Appointment of Consultants) (Wales) Regulations 1996

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2.—(1) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

“application” means an application for an appointment to which these Regulations apply, and “applicant” shall be construed accordingly;

“Authority” means a Health Authority, a Special Health Authority, or two or more such Authorities of the same kind;

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

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

(a)

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

(b)

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

“core members” means the members of a Committee appointed under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1;

“exempt appointment” means an appointment described in regulation 5;

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

“lay member” means a person who is not—

(a)

an employee of any Authority or NHS Trust, or

(b)

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

“officer member” means a member of an Authority who is also an officer of that Authority;

“professional member”, in relation to a proposed appointment, means—

(a)

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

(b)

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

“relevant college”, in relation to a proposed appointment, means whichever one of the following bodies:

(a)

the Royal College of Anaesthetists,

(b)

the Royal College of Ophthalmologists,

(c)

the Royal College of Physicians of London and its associated Faculties of Public Health Medicine and Occupational Medicine,

(d)

the Royal College of Surgeons of England and its associated Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Inter Collegiate Faculty of Accident and Emergency Medicine,

(e)

the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists,

(f)

the Royal College of Pathologists,

(g)

the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or

(h)

the Royal College of Radiologists,

is, in the opinion of the Authority concerned, most substantially concerned with the specialty in which the appointment is to be made;

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

“relevant University”, in relation to a proposed appointment, means any University associated with the provision of health services to the Authority concerned;

“Teaching Authority” means a Health Authority specified in Schedule 1 to the Health Authorities (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 1996(1); and;

“University” means a University which has a medical or dental school.

(2) In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a numbered regulation or Schedule is a reference to the regulation in, or Schedule to, these Regulations which bears that number, and any reference in a regulation or in a Schedule to a numbered paragraph is a reference to the paragraph bearing that number in that regulation or in that Schedule.

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