Workforce Development Committee Remit
Reviewed: 16th December 2016
Remit of the
The Workforce Development Subcommittee (hereafter
referred to as the Committee)will provide professional direction on
behalf of the Association for Clinical Genomic Science (ACGS )to
support the training and educational development of healthcare
science staff working in NHS Genetic Laboratories from the UK and
to make recommendations about future workforce requirements.
- Provide guidance, support and advice on training and workforce
development in Laboratory Genetics
- Ensure synergy between organisational and educational agendas,
both at local and national level.
- Ensure that service and workforce considerations are central to
the development of Healthcare Science training.
- Collect and collate workforce data from the NHS Genetic
Laboratories and offer advice on staffing configuration for
effective service delivery and development, for example to Health
Education England and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence.
- Collate information regarding roles and responsibilities across
the various career stages in order to develop and deliver fit for
purpose training and support continuous professional
- Work collaboratively with key stakeholders involved in
Healthcare Science training and development, including the Academy
for Healthcare Science (AHCS), the National School of Healthcare
Science (NSHCS), the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath),
Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS) and the Institute of
Biomedical Science (IBMS).
- Support and promote appropriate registration for all staff
groups within Laboratory Genetics.
- Work collaboratively with other Life Science disciplines to
promote careers in Healthcare Science.
- Promote effective communication between the Committee and the
- · Membership of the Committee will reflect all staff groups
working in Laboratory Genetics.
- Committee members must have a commitment to education, training
and workforce development.
- Representation on the Committee should include AHCS, NSHCS,
RCPath, ACS and IBMS.
- A Chair will be elected from the membership of the ACGS and
serve a minimum term of three years.
- The Committee will appoint a Secretary from within the
- Individuals will be co-opted onto the Committee following a
call for expressions of interest or as required to participate in
specific areas of work.
- Once fully established, members will be expected to serve a
term of 3 years but may be eligible for a second term. Membership
duration may be staggered to ensure a sufficient level of knowledge
and experience is maintained within the Committee.
- The Chair of the Committee shall represent the views of the
membership and report to the Executive Committee of the ACGS.
- The Chair will serve as a member of the Executive Committee. If
the Chair cannot attend an Executive Committee meeting, a nominated
representative shall be chosen from within the Committee.
- Individual members of the Committee will report back on any
related activity or work they have undertaken on behalf of the
- The Committee will review its terms of reference and agreed
work plans on an annual basis and notify the ACGS Executive
Committee and ACGS of any changes.
- An annual report detailing progress against agreed work plans
will be submitted to the ACGS Chair for the Annual General
Practices of the Committee
- The Committee will hold a full meeting every 4 months. Meetings
will be called by the Chair and supported by the nominated
- Ad hoc meetings can be arranged as required to progress
specific areas of work. Where possible, teleconference and e-mail
will be utilised as alternatives to face to face meetings.
- The Committee will be asked to undertake specific pieces of
work by the ACGS Executive Committee. The Chair will be responsible
for communicating these requests to the Committee and convening
small working groups if required.
- The agenda for Committee meetings will be finalised by the
Chair and include items raised by the ACGS membership. Agendas and
finalised minutes of Committee meetings will be available on the
- All documentation relating to the activities of the Committee
shall be treated as confidential by the members