Discipline Board – meetings and notes
According to General Regulations, the ICAS’ Discipline Board meets at least three times each year. Published summary notes can be read here.
The Discipline Board meets at least three times each year, usually at CA House, Edinburgh.
As set out in ICAS’ General Regulations, three members must be in attendance for a meeting of the Discipline Board to be quorate, with one of these members being a Lay Member.
Notes of meetings
From 2020 onwards, the Discipline Board will publish a summary note to explain the matters discussed at its meetings. The note will be published on this page of the website as soon as it has been formally approved by the Discipline Board at its subsequent meeting.
While the Discipline Board is committed to ensuring as much transparency as possible with its proceedings, there will be matters of discussion which cannot be reported for appropriate reasons, including discussions of cases determined by Discipline or Appeal Tribunals.
23 October 2020
Published Note of the meeting of the ICAS Discipline Board on 23 October 2020
(held at 09:00 via video conference)
Some matters have not been disclosed for reasons of confidentiality
Present: Dame Elish Angiolini (Chair), John Anderson (Lay Member), Andrew Jones (Lay Member), Trisha McAuley (Lay Member), Michelle Mullen (Executive Director of Standards).
In attendance: Robert Mudge (Director of Investigations).
With CA House remaining closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was held remotely via Microsoft Teams.
There were no apologies for the meeting, and no declarations of interest were noted.
2. REPORT FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STANDARDS
Miss Mullen provided the Board with some key regulatory updates from the year to date, including:
- The steps which ICAS has taken to maintain operations throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring no gaps in regulatory activities.
- Recent monitoring visits undertaken by ICAS’ oversight regulators.
- ICAS’ increased focus on issues relating to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
- An update on the pending consultation from BEIS on audit regulation.
3. PUBLIC NOTICES
The Board reviewed and approved draft public notices following the recent conclusion of two tribunal cases.
4. DISCIPLINE AND APPEAL TRIBUNAL REGULATIONS
The Board reviewed proposed changes to the Discipline & Appeal Tribunals Regulations, which included amendments relating to virtual hearings, as well as some changes to processes.
The Board agreed to recommend the amendments to the Constitutional Panel, which has the power to refer them to ICAS’ Council.
5. DIGITAL PAPERS
The Board agreed that appropriate steps should now be taken by ICAS to ensure that papers are shared electronically with the members of the Discipline and Appeal Tribunals.
6. EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL FINDING
The Board noted the recently released decision in the case of Mr R Somerville v Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and Nursing and Midwifery Council, which comments on the legal status of tribunal members.