The Health Professions Acupuncture Group (HePAG) represents its members with Law Makers, the Public, NHS and Private Health Insurers
To do this, it has a Board of Directors, supported by committees and a team of dedicated staff at the office.
The Board sets out the strategic direction of the company and is supported by the Company Secretary.
The Board usually meets five times a year. The next scheduled Board Meetings are on 22 November 2017 and in 2018 on 28th february, 25th April, 27th June, 26th September and 28th November.
The Board and committee members have a pertinent range of knowledge and skills covering western medical acupuncture, as well as skills and knowledge developed in the political arena, commercial environments, and academic and research institutions.
Board of Directors
The Board is responsible for ensuring the proper governance of HePAG Ltd, a limited company, and thereby ensuring at all times that the company discharges its statutory duties and responsibilities under the relevant sections of the Companies Act.
All members of the Board of Directors have a vote, and the Board is made up of individuals appointed to represent the membership. Their backgrounds range from clinicians using acupuncture within the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice, those who have moved into the academic arena and have political awareness to those who have commercial involvement.
The Directors have wide ranging and strategic views about the key issues facing HePAG members, and they engage with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), other acupuncture organisations and other stakeholders to protect and represent the professional requirements of the membership.
Their views may be instrumental in influencing the health agenda of the Government, via the Department of Health, from a regulatory and professional standpoint.
No matter how effective the Board of Directors may be, it is not possible for its members to have hands-on involvement in every area of the company’s business. An effective board decides the strategy of the business, but delegates day-to-day responsibility to the executive management.
Companies Act requirements
Approval of annual accounts
Approval of any significant changes in accounting policies or practices
Appointment or removal of the Company Secretary
Remuneration of the auditors (where, as is usual, shareholders have delegated this power to the board), and recommendations for the appointment or removal of auditors
Resolutions and corresponding documentation to be put forward to members at a General Meeting
Approval of the company’s long-term objectives and commercial strategy
Approval of the annual operating and capital expenditure budgets
Changes to the company’s management and control structure
Material contracts of the company in the ordinary course of business; for example, bank borrowings (above a specified amount), and acquisition or disposal of fixed assets (above a specified amount)
Contracts of the company not in the ordinary course of business (e.g. loans and repayments)
Review of the company’s overall corporate governance arrangements
Approval of the company’s principal professional advisers
Internal control arrangements
Directors’ and Officers’ liability insurance
Education, Training and Research Committee
The Education, Training and Research Committee (ETRC) is a committee of the Board of HePAG Ltd.
The aims of the Journal Committee are to inform education and update the membership within both physiotherapy and acupuncture research and clinical effectiveness.
'SKINDEEP' the Journal of the HePAG, will be published from 2018 and relies on contributions from the HePAG membership in the form of case studies, audits and interesting clinical scenarios. Members are encouraged to submit any article they would like to be considered for publication to the Clinical Editor.
The Journal features a mix of content ranging from research articles to book reviews, reports from the Chairman, and case studies. It is a journal that members will refer to time and again, and is produced twice every year.