January 2014 will see nominations opening for BAOT regional committees. COT’s Membership Development Manager Beriah Nelson talks here about the exciting challenges that being on a regional committee presents, and asks what developments you would like to see in regional groups.
Committees are one of the most important working forces at the heart of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). Committee work is an extremely rewarding experience to both the members and the BAOT. Haven’t thought about joining your regional committee and developing your career? Well, maybe you’d like to consider the array of opportunities that being on a regional committee can offer you.
Being on a committee is not always an easy task. In fact, sometimes it can be downright frustrating. Meetings can go on forever; committee members may drift off topic; and precious, limited time can be hijacked by strong personalities. On the other hand, committee work can also be one of the most rewarding extracurricular activities you will engage in during your OT career.
The BAOT regional committees are made up of seven diverse roles. Each one offers members the opportunity to develop and explore new skills, share their passion for their profession and help to nurture new and future generations of occupational therapists and therapy staff.
The 12 regional committees that support members across the UK are committed to providing affordable study days, social and networking activities, and opportunities to engage with your profession and professional association at various levels.
This January, why not find out more about your BAOT regional committee and consider a role such as Membership Networks Lead, Treasurer or Chairman. Not only is it an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow OTs, but a great way to develop your CV, your career aspirations and your continuing professional development.
With that in mind, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the regional groups. What benefits do you get from being a member of a regional group, and what do you think is missing? How would you like to see regional groups developed in the future?
Please leave a comment here and join the discussion.
For more information on becoming part of a regional committee, visit the COT website.