West Midlands BranchReport
The West Midlands Branch continues to meet 4 times per year, January, April, July and October (AGM)
The following members are serving as officers of the branch
Cate Astbury Chairman - (this will be my last year as Chair as I am planning to retire in 2012)
Karen Powell Treasurer
Louise Patterson Secretary
Rebecca Taylor Branch Organiser
Maggie Dennis Education Officer
We have a number of members who also form the education committee and meet between meetings to plan branch meetings/speakers.
We currently have more commercial attendees at meetings than staff from continence services. Staff are finding it more difficult to attend meetings so the education committee ensures that the educational component of the meeting meets the needs of the continence teams.
Meetings since the AGM in October 2010
Thursday 7th October 2010
Guest Speaker- Mr Alan Ash (GB Wheelchair Athlete).
Thursday 20th January 2010
No Guest speakers; open forum on white paper
Thursday 7th April 2010
Guest Speakers: Kath Kitchener-senior lecturer/admissions tutor Birmingham City University
Joseph Spencer- E Academy, E learning Catheterisation/Continence Care
Financially the branch had funding for a member to attend ACA conference, however, no one applied.
Our aim is to encourage past members to come back to branch meetings by changing the format to a more inclusive meeting using group discussion and sharing of good practice.
Unfortunately due to the geography of the area we do not currently have any attendees from the East Midlands area. These members are included on our database and do receive information about branch meetings.
The next branch meeting is on 14th July
Cate Astbury Branch Chairman
ACA West Midlands Branch Secretary