Mental Health Nurse Academics UK has two elected positions of Chair and vice-chair. Our terms of reference allow for nominations from members and elections for these positions if there are more nominated individuals than there are places to fill. This has been the case each time the opportunity to stand for the positions comes up. I think this is a healthy sign of a highly engaged group prepared to commit themselves to participating in debates on education and research in the field of mental health nursing.
Our arrangements are that once elected for the position of vice-chair an individual will serve two years in that position and then a further two years when they replace the existing chair. As the current Chair of the group my time in office is coming to a close and we are currently seeking nominations from group members for the position of vice-chair as my vice-chair Professor Joy Duxbury will take on the role of group chair from 2015. Viewing the four years from this side of the term of office the time seems to have flown. I will post again on my time in office and provide a personal evaluation of the period, but that is for later. Now we are expecting the usual flow of high quality candidates who will put themselves forward for election by their peers and who will one day lead our group. There are many excellent and highly capable mental health nurse academics on our group and I look forward to supporting whoever is elected in their role over the coming years. Nominations close this coming Friday 21st November after which our returning officer Dr Ben Hannigan will provide further details of how the election will be managed. The process will mean that we will have the result before the Christmas break. Good luck to all participating in the process.
Chair of MHNAUK