The QNIS Council meets quarterly – decisions reached at each meeting are recorded below. The decision number identifies the item number on the agenda.
#10 Risk will be added as a standing item to all advisory groups’ agendas to ensure any risks flagged up are captured on the Institute’s risk register.
#12 QNIS should remain coupled to EVH salary negotiations.
#13 Council approved the business continuity plan with a caveat
#13 4x salary life cover should be offered as a staff benefit to attract and retain staff. Aviva has provided the most competitive quote via our insurance brokers.
#14 QNIS will obtain a PRS licence.
#6 Annual Accounts were approved.
#12 It was agreed that QNIS would not proceed with IIP accreditation at this time.
#16 Council agreed the need for a database and approved the budget.
#5b A Governance group for the QNIS Chair consisting of CC plus a Trustee, Ian Murray and Catriona Kennedy is sufficient at present and will be reviewed when the Observatory is more developed.
#18 Three new Fellowships have been agreed: QNIS Fellows, Associate Fellows and Honorary Fellows. Fellowship Awards will take place at the Annual Awards Dinner in December.
#5a Our AGM will be held as part of the November Council meeting this year.
#5b – QNIS will pay Jane Cantrell for work undertaken on behalf of the Institute, which is beyond her governance role.
#10 It was agreed to add to the risk register – appropriate due diligence should be carried out prior to accepting offers of sponsorship.
#11 The clarified criteria for Incremental progression are approved
#12 In line with the recommendation from EVH, Council has agreed a two-year deal which will result in cost of living increases.
#13 Standard Life Wealth will present their reports in person to the Finance Committee rather than the full Council.
#15. Council approved the draft operational plan.
#16. Council approved the 2017-2018 Budget.
#17 Council agreed to make no Education Grant awards for another 12 months and carry out a full review at that point.
#20 An Advisory Group will be set up to support the Queen’s Nurse Programme
#21a QNIS would underwrite the costs of the Queen’s Nurse Award ceremony while sponsorship was sought and in the event that no sponsorship was forthcoming.
#21b -Approved spending the Patron’s Fund money for a badge for the Queen’s Nurses.
#22 QNIS will work with QNI in developing Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) Standards and will review progress in November 2017 in light of the Scot Gov Transforming Nursing Roles work streams.
#7a: Risks that are resolved will be removed from the active risk register. An annual summary of risks addressed will be produced.
#7b: A separate risk register will be kept for the Queen’s Nurse Programme.
#8: A governance group should be convened for the Queen’s Nurse Programme.
#10: Council should consider salary sacrifice for pensions
#11: Council approved a flexible approach to the 2016/17 budget to ensure that coaching support is provided within the Queen’s Nurse Programme.
#14: A review of Honorary Fellowship will take place in 2017.
#16: A Conference Planning Group will be formed in summer 2017 to help plan the 2018 Conference.
#17a: Investment capital from cash holdings should be withdrawn as soon as possible.
#17b: It was agreed that two additional bank accounts are opened, one for business cards and one for the additional cash deposit.