1. The name of the society shall be ‘The Society of Vascular Nurses’ (SVN).
  2. The aims of the society shall be:-
    1. To promote a national network of vascular nurses through newsletters, conferences and the facilitation of regional groups.
    2. To collaborate with other national and international professional associations who share concern and interest for people with vascular disease.
    3. To provide a forum to advance the education of nurses involved in the care of patients with vascular disease.
    4. To encourage members to be proactive in the development of vascular nursing.
    5. To support developments in vascular nursing research.
    6. To encourage members to be active within the field of health education and health promotion for people with vascular disease.
    7. To promote public awareness of peripheral vascular disease and consistency of evidence based care nationally.
  3. Membership of the society
    There shall be 4 categories of membership:-

    1. Full membership– registered nurses and those in training
    2. Associate membership– all other healthcare professionals.
    3. Honorary membership– these members shall be persons whom the committee select in recognition of that person’s contribution and support to the society.
    4. Group membership– available to groups of not less than 5 and not more than 20 nurses who share a common employer.
  4. Membership subscription
    1. A membership subscription shall run for 12 calender months from the point of joining.
    2. The level of subscription shall be determined by ordinary resolution at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) provided that:
      1. the level of subscription may be varied according to category of membership
  5. Termination of membership
    A member will cease to be a member if:-

    1. the member resigns in writing to the membership secretary
    2. the member fails to pay the annual subscription within one month after the due date.

    No refund of subscription or any part of the subscription will be payable under any circumstances.

    National Committee

    1. The National Committee shall consist of a President, Vice President, a Secretary, an Honorary Treasurer, a Membership secretary, and up to seven other members (total of 12 members).
    2. The Vice President shall serve for up to 2 years and then becomes President for up to a further 2 years.
    3. The Treasurer, Secretary and Membership secretary will serve for 2 years.  Re-election will be every 2 years.
    4. The committee may invite any person to undertake special work in an expert capacity, which will benefit the society.  This person will not have committee rights.
    5. Only full members shall be eligible for election to the National Committee.
  6. Powers of the National Committee
    1. The National Committee shall have full power to manage all affairs of the society in pursuance of the society.
    2. The National Committee shall have the power to co-opt not more than 2 members of the society provided that such persons shall only remain members of the National Committee until the following AGM.
  7. Meetings of the National Committee
    1. The National Committee shall meet at least 4 times between each AGM.
    2. The President of the society shall be the chairperson of meetings of the National Committee.
    3. At meetings of the National Committee each member, including the President, shall have one vote, provided that in the case of equality of votes the President shall have a second casting vote.
    4. A quorum at meetings of the National Committee shall be 6 members.
    5. Each committee member shall attend at least 3 National Committee meetings unless exceptional circumstances occur.  These would be agreed by the committee, otherwise the position would be reviewed.
  8. Annual General Meeting
    1. An AGM shall be held each year at a date determined by the National Committee at which the following business shall be conducted:
      1. Receipt and adoption of the Presidents Annual Report
      2. Receipt and adoption of the Treasurers Annual Report
      3. Receipt and adoption of the Annual Accounts of the Society
      4. Election of committee members
      5. Appointment of honorary auditor
      6. Appointment of honorary solicitor if required
      7. Determination of the Annual Subscription, as provided for in Section 4b above
      8. Any other business for which proper notice has been given
      9. Any other business that the meeting agreed to be discussed
    2. Notice of the AGM shall be sent to every member not less than 21 days prior to the date of the meeting.  Such notice shall state the time and place of the meeting, and details of the business to be transacted.
    3. Any member wishing to raise an item under 9a. viii. above shall send such notice in writing to the secretary at least 1 month before the AGM to ensure that adequate notice can be given to members.
    4. A resigning committee member is required to inform the committee in writing giving 3 months notice.  This vacancy should be advertised in the society’s newsletter and any potential nominations must be sent with supporting information to the Secretary.  Nominations for the vacant position must be received 2 months prior to the AGM unless in exceptional circumstances.
    5. The society membership will be informed of the nominees at least 28 days prior to the AGM.  Voting for the new vacancy will take place at the AGM.
    6. A quorum at the AGM shall be 20 members.
  9. Special General Meeting
    1. A Special General Meeting shall be convened by the secretary upon the request of the National Committee, or upon written request of one third of the members of the society.
    2. Any such request shall state fully the business to be discussed at the meeting.
    3. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to every member not less than 21 days prior to the day of the meeting.  Such notice shall state the time and place of the meeting, and the business to be transacted provided that no business other than that for which notice has been given shall be transacted at a Special General Meeting.
    4. A forum at the Special General Meeting shall be 20 members.
  10. Voting at General Meetings
    1. Only full members of the society shall be eligible to vote at a General Meeting of the Society.
    2. Members who are unable to attend a General Meeting and who wish to vote on items for which notice has been given, may do so by proxy, by informing the secretary in writing not less than 7 days prior to the meeting of their intent, and the name of the person designated to vote on their behalf.
    3. Any resolution at a General Meeting shall be carried by a simple majority of votes cast.  The chairperson has the casting vote.
  11. Financial Provisions
    1. All monies collected on behalf of the society shall be paid into a bank account in the name of the society.
    2. All payments made on behalf of the society shall be made by cheque.  Such cheques shall be signed by the Treasurer, and one other member of the National Committee, who shall be authorised by the National Committee as a signatory.
    3. The Treasurer shall be responsible each year for the preparation of a set of Annual Accounts, which shall be checked by a qualified auditor and presented to the AGM for approval.
    4. The National Committee shall be empowered to invest any monies of the society in any such manner as may benefit the society provided that any such investment shall be approved by the auditor.
    5. Any such reasonable expenses as are incurred by members of the society in undertaking any activity on behalf of the society may be met by the society provided that:
      1. The decision of the National Committee as to the amount of the expenses is full and final, and
      2. The National Committee shall be guided in any decision on the level of expenses by guidelines laid down for employers of the NHS.
  12. Dissolution of the Society
    The society may be dissolved by resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose of which 21 days notice shall have been given to the members.  Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the society, provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all the debts and liabilities, such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the society but shall be given or transferred to another society, or such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the society may determine and if and in so far as effect cannot be given to this provision then to some other charitable purpose.

July 2003 – Reviewed November 2009, Reviewed November 2012