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The Future of Regional Committees

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.


7 thoughts on “The Future of Regional Committees

  1. It would be good to hear from the regional committees directly, a regular email newsletter would be useful. They must already have my email address if I am automatically a member.

    Posted by otstudent.info | January 6, 2014, 18:24
    • Great news! In 2014, 4 BAOT regions will be trialling new software to enable them to regularly distribute e-newsletters to all regional BAOT members. Starting in January; BAOT Wales, North West, West Midlands and Scottish Western, will all be sending out e-newsletters. Other regions will continue to update their BAOT webpages and Facebook pages with downloadable versions of their regional newsletters. Visit http://www.cot.co.uk/regional-local-groups/regional-local-groups to find out more

      Posted by baotmembershipdevelopment | January 7, 2014, 10:28
  2. I would really like info about how we find out who our regional committee is – I have been an OT and a member of BAOT for 15 years and never had contact from a regional group.

    Posted by Sue Mesa | January 6, 2014, 22:34
  3. Thanks for the comments! You can find out about your regional committee on our website: https://www.cot.co.uk/regional-local-groups/regional-local-groups

    Most regions do send out a newsletter – do get in touch if you haven’t received one.

    It would be great to hear from regional committees on how we can improve contact with members.

    Posted by baotcot | January 7, 2014, 09:55
  4. I emailed my regional contact and the COT Membership Development Manager last month in an attempt to find out more about the South East and am still waiting a reply

    Posted by Angela | February 12, 2014, 12:35

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