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The Local Health Boards (Constitution, Membership and Procedures) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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PART 2Membership

Membership of Local Health Boards

3.—(1) The members of the Board consist of—

(a)a chair;

(b)a vice-chair;

(c)officer members; and

(d)non-officer members.

(2) The officer members consist of—

(a)a chief officer;

(b)a medical officer;

(c)a finance officer;

(d)a nurse officer;

(e)an officer who has responsibility for provision of the following—

(i)primary care services;

(ii)community health services; and

(iii)mental health services.

(f)an officer who has responsibility for workforce and organisational development;

(g)an officer who has responsibility for public health;

(h)an officer who has responsibility for the strategic and operational planning of the provision of health services;

(i)an officer who has responsibility for therapies and health science.

(3) Officer members in paragraph (2) will have such other responsibilities as may be prescribed by the Board.

(4) There are nine non-officer members which must include—

(a)a local authority member;

(b)a voluntary organisation member;

(c)a trade union member;

(d)a person who holds a post in a university that is related to health.

(5) In addition there may be associate members appointed in accordance with regulation 4(3) and (4).

Appointment of Local Health Board members

4.—(1) The chair, vice-chair and non-officer members are appointed by the Welsh Ministers.

(2) The officer members are appointed by the Board.

(3) The Welsh Ministers may appoint no more than three associate members.

(4) If it considers it necessary or expedient for the performance by the Board of any of its functions, the Board may appoint one associate member.

(5) Before making an appointment in accordance with paragraph (4) the Board must have written consent from the Welsh Ministers.

(6) Where the Board makes an appointment in accordance with paragraphs (2) or (4) it must have regard to any guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers from time to time concerning appointments.

(7) Appointments made in accordance with paragraphs (1) will be in accordance with the provisions in Schedule 1 (where they apply).

(8) Where a person is appointed in accordance with paragraphs (1), (3) and (4) regard must be had to the need to encourage diversity in the range of persons who may be appointed and to ensure that they are representative of the interests of the community within the Board’s area.

(9) Each local authority within the Board’s area may nominate two persons and the Welsh Ministers may choose a person from those persons nominated to be the local authority member under regulation 3(4)(a).

(10) The university in column 1 of Schedule 4 may nominate two persons and the Welsh Ministers may choose a person from those persons nominated to be the university member under regulation 3(4)(d) for the Local Health Board assigned to it in column 2 of Schedule 4.

Eligibility requirements for membership of a Local Health Board

5.  Any person must fulfil the relevant requirements for eligibility in Schedule 2 before that person may be appointed as a member or associate member and must continue to fulfil the relevant requirements while that person holds office.

Tenure of office of chair, vice-chair, non-officer members and associate members

6.—(1) This regulation applies to any person who is appointed as—

(a)a chair, vice-chair or non-officer member; or

(b)an associate member appointed by Welsh Ministers in accordance with regulation 4(3).

(2) Subject to these Regulations, a member or associate member holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of that person’s appointment.

(3) A member or associate member may be appointed for a period of no longer than four years.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5) a member or associate member may on the expiration of his or her term of office be re-appointed in accordance with regulations 4(1) or 4(3).

(5) A person may not hold office as a member or an associate member for the same Board for a total period of more than eight years.

Tenure of office of associate members appointed by the Board

7.—(1) This regulation applies to any person who is appointed by the Board as an associate member in accordance with regulation 4(4).

(2) Subject to these Regulations, an associate member holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of that person’s appointment.

(3) An associate member may be appointed for a period of no longer than one year.

(4) Subject to paragraph (5), an associate member may on the expiration of his or her term of office be re-appointed in accordance with regulation 4(4).

(5) A person may not hold office as an associate member for the same Board for a total period of more than four years.

Termination of appointment of officer members

8.—(1) The chair, vice-chair and non-officer members may immediately remove an officer member from office —

(a)if they are of the opinion that it is not in the interests of the Board that a person who is an officer member should continue to hold office as a member; or

(b)having been notified by officer members in accordance with paragraph (2), they are of the opinion that it is not in the interests of the Board that a person who is an officer member should continue to hold office as a member.

(2) If all of the officer members (other than an officer member who is the subject of a notification to the chair under this paragraph) are of the opinion that a person who is an officer member should not continue to hold office as a member, they may notify the Board.

(3) Where the chair, the vice-chair and non-officer members remove a person from office in accordance with paragraph (1) or, having been notified by the officer members in accordance with paragraph (2), determine that a person should continue to hold office, they must immediately notify the Welsh Ministers in writing, stating the reasons for their decision.

(4) Where a person has been appointed to be an officer member, if it comes to the notice of the chair, the vice-chair or any of the non-officer members that the person—

(a)has become ineligible for appointment under Schedule 2, or

(b)was at the time of their appointment ineligible for appointment under Schedule 2,

they must immediately notify the Board and the chair must immediately notify that officer member and the Welsh Ministers in writing of such ineligibility.

(5) An officer member must immediately notify the Board if that member becomes ineligible under Schedule 2.

(6) Where notice has been given in accordance with paragraph (4), the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members must remove that person from office and that person ceases to act as an officer member.

(7) If it appears to the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members that an officer member has failed to comply with regulation 17, they may remove that person from office and that person ceases to act as an officer member.

(8) Where an officer member has been removed from office in accordance with paragraphs (6) and (7) the chair must immediately notify the Welsh Ministers.

(9) If a person who is an officer member has failed to attend any meeting of the Board for a period of six months or more, the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members must remove that person from office unless they are satisfied that —

(a)the absence was due to a reasonable cause; and

(b)the person will be able to attend such meetings within such period as the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members consider reasonable.

Suspension of officer members

9.—(1) Before deciding whether to remove a person from office in accordance with regulation 8, the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members may, if they consider it appropriate to do so, suspend the tenure of office of an officer member for such period as they consider reasonable.

(2) Where an officer member is suspended in accordance with paragraph (1), the chair, the vice-chair and the non-officer members must immediately notify that member and the Welsh Ministers in writing, stating the reasons for his or her suspension.

(3) An officer member whose tenure of office is suspended may not perform the functions of any member of the Board.

Termination of appointment of members and associate members appointed by Welsh Ministers

10.—(1) This regulation applies to any person who is appointed as—

(a)a chair;

(b)a vice-chair;

(c)a non-officer member;

(d)an associate member appointed by the Welsh Ministers in accordance with regulation 4(3).

(2) The Welsh Ministers may immediately remove a person from office if they determine that —

(a)it is not in the interests of the health service in the area for which the Board acts; or

(b)it is not conducive to the good management of a Board,

for that person to continue to hold office.

(3) If it comes to the notice of the Welsh Ministers that a person appointed has become ineligible under Schedule 2 or has failed to comply with regulation 17, the Welsh Ministers may remove that person from that office.

(4) A person appointed must immediately notify the Board if that person becomes ineligible under Schedule 2.

(5) If a person appointed has failed to attend any meeting of the Board for a period of six months or more, the Welsh Ministers may remove that person from that office unless they are satisfied that —

(a)the absence was due to a reasonable cause; and

(b)the person will be able to attend such meetings within such period as the Welsh Ministers consider reasonable.

(6) A person may at any time resign his or her office as member or associate member by notice in writing to the Welsh Ministers and to the Board but subject to the terms of that person’s appointment.

Suspension of members and associate members appointed by Welsh Ministers

11.—(1) Before making a decision to remove a person from office under regulation 10, the Welsh Ministers may suspend the tenure of office of that person for such period as they consider reasonable.

(2) Where a member is suspended in accordance with paragraph (1), the Welsh Ministers will immediately notify that member in writing, stating the reasons for his or her suspension.

(3) A person whose appointment is suspended under paragraph (1) may not perform the functions of any member.

Termination of appointment of associate members appointed by the Board

12.—(1) This regulation applies to associate members appointed in accordance with regulation 4(4).

(2) The Board may immediately remove a person from office if it determines that —

(a)it is not in the interests of the health service in the area for which the Board acts; or

(b)it is not conducive to the good management of a Board,

for a person to continue to hold office .

(3) If it comes to the notice of the Board that a person appointed has become ineligible for appointment under Schedule 2 or has failed to comply with regulation 17, the Board may remove that person from that office.

(4) A person appointed must immediately notify the Board if that person becomes ineligible under Schedule 2.

(5) If a person appointed as an associate member is required to attend a meeting of the Board but has failed to do so for a period of six months or more, the Board may remove that person from that office unless satisfied that —

(a)the absence was due to a reasonable cause; and

(b)the person will be able to attend such meetings within such period as the Board considers reasonable.

(6) Any member may at any time resign his or her office as associate member by notice in writing to the Welsh Ministers and to the Board but subject to the terms of that person’s appointment.

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