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The Board currently operates four committees, one at the governance level and three at the operational level:

 

The Accreditation Committee

This operational committee provides efficient review, consideration, and determination of accreditation matters. The Board has delegated to the committee its powers under section 118(a) of the HPCA Act to accredit (and subsequently monitor) educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, and/or programmes. 

The Committee meets as and when needed (usually two or three times a year), either in person or by teleconference, with some business also being conducted by email.

The Committee’s membership includes:

  • the Chief Executive/Registrar,
  • the Professional Standards Coordinator,
  • the Director of Registration,
  • the Psychology Advisor,
  • two Board nominees, and 
  • four external (stakeholder) nominees (one of whom will normally be a current Head of School).

Additional expert advice is sought as and when needed. 

 

The Audit, Finance, and Risk (AFR) Committee

This governance-level advisory committee provides efficient and timely monitoring of financial and non-financial risks, organisational achievement of the Board’s Ends policies, and the Chief Executive’s adherence to the Board’s Executive Limitations policies.

The Committee liaises with an external auditor on behalf of the Board. Committee members review the findings in audit reports and monitor the Chief Executive's implementation of the Auditor’s recommendations.

The Committee meets monthly (and as required), usually by teleconference, and makes quarterly reports to the full Board. Any particularly sensitive or high risk matters are, however, reported more promptly.

The Committee’s membership includes three Board members:

  • the Board Chairperson,
  • the Deputy Chairperson, and
  • one other member appointed by the Board).

The Board Chairperson also chairs this committee. The Chief Executive attends AFR meetings, but has no voting rights. The committee is reconstituted annually.

 

The Part 2 (P2) Committee (N.B.: Currently under review and not functioning.)

Named to reflect Part 2 of the HPCA Act (“Registration of, and practising certificates for, health practitioners”), this operational committee provides efficient processing and determination of complex applications for registration and/or practising certificates. It is advisory to the Registrar.

(Note: The Board has delegated to the Registrar all of its functions, duties and powers contained in sections 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29(1,2,3,5,7), 30, 31, 136, 137, 138, 142, 143(3), 146, 147, 149, and 157).

Most of the Committee’s business is conducted by mail and/or email. 

The Committee’s membership includes:

  • the Chief Executive/Registrar,
  • the Director of Registration,
  • the Psychology Advisor, and
  • two (Board-nominated) expert advisors.  

 

The Parts 3 & 4 (P3&4) Committee

Named to reflect Parts 3 (“Competence, fitness to practise…”) and 4 (“Complaints and discipline”) of the HPCA Act this operational committee provides efficient screening, consideration, and determination of complaint, competence, and fitness matters, in accordance with Administrative Law, legislative requirements, and Board policy. 

The Board has delegated to this committee all of its functions, duties and powers contained in sections 35, 36, 37, 38(1,2,4), 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 48(1,2,3,4,5), 49(1,2,3,4,5), 50(1,2,3,4,5), 51(1,2,3,4,5), 65, 66, 67, 68 and 81(3). The Board has also delegated to the Registrar all of its functions, duties and powers contained in sections 64, 74 and 75).

Most of the Committee's business is conducted by mail, email, and/or teleconference.  Meetings are held as and when required.

The Committee’s membership includes:

  • the Chief Executive/Registrar,
  • the Professional Standards Coordinator,
  • the Psychology Advisor,
  • three Board nominees, and
  • an external expert.

Additional expert advice is sought as and when needed.

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