for Association Of Black Psychiatrists–
These Bye-laws are updated statements derived from the original Constitution ABP- UK formed in October 2020 to be ratified by the membership during Executive Committee Meetings.
1. The name of the Association is Association of Black Psychiatrists – United Kingdom (ABP-UK)
2. The Association is established to meet the following goals/objectives :
A. To support the professional development of Black Psychiatrists through education, training, mentoring and networking.
B. To harness the diverse ideas, experiences and perspective to promote innovation and excellence in the delivery of high quality care for patients with mental illness.
3. In furtherance of its objectives, the Association will
A. Organize conferences, training, webinars and meetings
B. Establish links with a range of related and relevant organizations including the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
C. Recognize significant initiatives and work of psychiatrists and mental health professionals towards the cause of mental health problems amongst people who have Black African and Caribbean descent.
D. Promote relevant Continuing Professional Development programmes and Exchange programmes with related/ “sister” organisations or any other Associations approved by the Trustees.
E. Publish information / provide regular updates to keep the membership informed of its activities
4. The Executive Committee (the Trustees) will consist of the following officers:
A. President who will provide vision, direction and thrust for the Association in keeping with the objects of the Association. The tenure of the President will be for three years. He/She will not be eligible for re-election. The President will however be eligible to be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee for three years after completing his/her tenure.
B. Vice-Chairman/Vice President who will assist the President and act in his/her absence as and when necessary. The tenure of the Vice-Chairman/Vice-President will be for three years and he/she will not be eligible for re-election.
C. General Secretary who will keep the membership list, administer arrangements for the relevant meetings including the general body and executive committee meetings, Take meeting minutes and arrange election of officers as warranted. He/she will co-ordinate the Annual report with the help of the membership at large and the Executive Committee in particular. The tenure of this post will be for three years, subject to extension by the general body for up to four years maximum.
D. Financial Secretary who will prepare annual financial report for the AGM . He/she will also act support / act in the absence of the general Secretary when necessary . The tenure of this post will be for three years. He / she will also be responsible for preparing a financial report which will be a section of the annual report.
E. Treasurer who will manage the financial aspects of the Association, help in budgeting the meetings and keep the Association’s accounts. The tenure of this post will be for three years subject to extension by the general body for up to four years maximum.
F. Public Relations Officer who will deal with the matters concerning the Organization’s wider relationship with relevant stakeholders / organisations , media and the public in consultation with the President. The tenure of this post will be for three years.
G. Welfare Secretary – Lead in setting up support structures for members.The tenure of this post will be for three years.
H. International Link Officer who will link person with diaspora organisations in the African continent.The tenure of this post will be for three years.
I. The Committee will be responsible for general organizational matters, policy decisions and operational aspects of the Association. It will have power to co-opt up to four members into the Executive Committee for a maximum of three years each.
6. Membership: The Membership will consist of the following:
A. The General Member: Any black psychiatrist on application and payment of membership fees will become a General Member.
B. The Affiliate Member: On discretion of the Executive Committee, any psychiatrist or mental health professional who supports the ABP – UK objectives will be accepted as an Affiliate member of the Association. He/She will be subject to membership fees and will not have voting rights for election purposes.
C. The Honorary Life Member: Any outstanding doctor , health professional or member of the public whose contribution in furthering the Association’s objects is of exceptional eminence will be invited to become an Honorary Life Member on election by the Executive Committee. He/She will not be subject to membership fees and will not have voting rights for election purposes.
D. Non-Executive Members: The Executive Committee may invite any mental health professional or member of the public with affinity to the Association’s objects to join the committee as a Non- executive member of the committee. The numbers to be limited to maximum three at a time, appointed for three years, extendable to up to four years
7. Membership Fees: The following fees will apply:
- Consultants £100
- SAS doctors £70
- Trainees £50
- Retired members £50
- Affiliate members £50
- Medical students free
- The Membership year will begin from 22 October every year. Fees paid any time during the year will become due on 22 October of the year
8. Executive Committee Meetings: The Executive Committee will meet at least four times a year. Minutes of the meetings will be disseminated to all the members of the executive committee and co-opted members.
9. General Meetings: an Annual general Meeting of all the membership will be called once a year in October. These meetings will be presented with reports from the President, General Secretary and the financial secretary/treasurer. When required an election of officers will also take place and any other business conducted.
10. Accounts: Annual financial report will be presented by the Financial secretary at the Annual General Meeting and ratified by the AGM. The accounts will be officially audited.
Adopted by members on:
Date of meeting 6th Feb 2021