Extraordinary General Meeting
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of SACH was held in Glasgow on 28 January 2016. After significant discussion about the realities of the present situation in Healthcare, and with an air of sadness, the proposal that "the association has served its purpose and should now be dissolved" was unanimously agreed.
The decidsion of the meeting was sent out and the majoprity of members subgsequently approved the proposal.
In December we sent an invitation to members to attend the SACH Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the proposal that "the association has served its purpose and should now be dissolved".
The EGM was duly held on Thursday 28th January 2016.
According to the Constitution, the quorum for any general meeting shall be ten full members. At the EGM we had 8 Full members, 2 Associate members and one visitor.
However, given that the Executive and all others present were in agreement, the meeting continued on the basis that any decision would have to be ratified by the Full Members of SACH.
There was a brief outline of the history of SACH (11th Nov 1997 - present), with some thoughts from founder members who were in attendance. A great debt of gratitude is owed to all those who contributed to the development of Healthcare Chaplaincy over the years since the establishment of SACH. Did they ever dream of the momentous changes and global impact that lay ahead?
As outlined in my earlier email the main purpose of the Scottish Association of Chaplains in Healthcare, as stated in our constitution, is to promote and represent healthcare chaplaincy in Scotland.
The constitution also outlines that the Association seeks:
a) to be a professional body representing the interests of chaplains in healthcare
b) to promote and maintain high standards of chaplaincy according to the ‘Healthcare Chaplains Code of Conduct’.
c) to facilitate support and fellowship for chaplains.
d) to promote training and educational opportunities for chaplains.
e) to promote theological reflection and research in spiritual care.
f) to establish and develop good working relationships with faith communities and other organisations concerned with the promotion of healthcare.
For the past few years the majority of this work has been delivered through the offices of the Programme Director for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy within NES, the Strategic Leadership Group (made up of NHS Board Leads for Spiritual Care) and also by the work of the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplains.
For a number of our members the 'representation' (regarding Terms & Conditions and also when involved in Grievance Procedures, etc) has been provided via the College of Health Care Chaplains (linked with Unite) as SACH is not recognised as an employee-side organisation by the Scottish Government.
After significant discussion at the EGM about the realities of the present situation in Healthcare, and with an air of sadness, the proposal that "the association has served its purpose and should now be dissolved" was unanimously agreed.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of this decision before the date, please feel free to contact me.
Scottish Association of Chaplains in Healthcare