Election to the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive

Election to the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive

Nominations are invited for the role of member of the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive

Cochrane’s healthcare consumers play a key role in the production of healthcare evidence and the governance of the organisation. Members of the Cochrane Consumer Network Executive, chosen by members of the Consumer Network, are involved in important work to support this and to help meet the challenges of Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020. Supporting the implementation of the Consumer Network Delivery Plan to 2020 will be a key part of the successful candidate’s role.

Cochrane welcomes nominations from an enthusiastic and diverse range of people, including in terms of gender and geography. Applicants for this 2018 vacancy must come from a country where English is not the first language.

About the role:

  1. Members of the Consumers’ Executive (CE) are responsible for the implementation of the CCNet remit which is: ‘To support Cochrane entities in the inclusion of consumers in their work, to support consumers contributing effectively to the Collaboration and to help to explain the role of the Collaboration and of evidence in healthcare to consumers and their representatives globally’.
  2. This is an unpaid position. Members of the CE meet bi-monthly via teleconference and in between meetings work on assignments and communicate via email.  This requires approximately 8 hours of work per week, plus attendance the Cochrane Mid-Year meeting in March/April each year and meetings held during the Colloquium in the autumn of each year (dependent on funding). Your expenses for these meetings are paid by Cochrane.
  3. Members of the Consumers’ Executive are expected to:
    • actively contribute to the work of the Consumer Executive, including email discussions
    • attend Consumer Executive meetings, include the face-to-face meeting at the Cochrane Mid-Year meeting in March/April each year and meetings held during the Colloquium in the autumn of each year (though attendance at these meetings depends on funding)
    • participate in bi- monthly teleconferences
    • contribute to the work of one of its sub-committees and other work as required
  4. The term of office is three years, with individuals serving no more than two consecutive terms (six years). Candidates must then wait for three years before standing for another term.
  5. CE members are eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses incurred in attending Consumers’ Executive meetings.
  6. People considering standing for election should be active consumer members of CCNet and should read the requirements for Consumer Executive members.

KEY DATES

Nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Consumer Co-ordinator no later than midnight (GMT) on Friday 2nd June 2018, by e-mail (rmorley@cochrane.org).

Voting will take place online from Friday 8th June 2018 to Friday 22nd June 2018 (should the election be contested).

The election results will be announced Friday 29th June 2018 and the successful candidate can begin their term at the Cochrane Colloquium in September 2018

PROCESS FOR NOMINATION

1 Candidate’s statement

Candidates must submit a statement of candidacy which covers:

  1. Their role as a consumer of health care, either as an individual or within a healthcare organisation
  2. Their contribution to the work of the Cochrane Collaboration
  3. Their contribution to the work of the Cochrane Consumer Network
  4. How they envisage they will contribute to the work of the Consumer Executive

The maximum length should be 1000 words.

Each candidate must also state any potential conflicts of interest that might limit his/her participation in Consumers’ Executive discussions and decision-making.  

2 Nomination by a member of the Consumer Network

Candidates will require a healthcare consumer member of the Consumer Network to nominate them for the Consumers’ Executive. 

3 Nomination by a Cochrane entity

A Cochrane entity is required to second the nomination.

For a copy of the full application guidance, and for any other questions, please email the Consumer Engagement Officer, Richard Morley.

April 26, 2018