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6 June 2012
The Health Professions Council (HPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members of Council. Frank Burdett and Robert Templeton were appointed by the Appointments Commission on behalf of the Privy Council and will each serve a four year term.
Council members play a key role in setting strategy and policy and ensuring the HPC fulfils its statutory duties. They act as ambassadors for the HPC representing the Council's public protection role to stakeholders. The HPC has a diverse Council, with a strong mix of skills and experience. It aims to achieve a balance across the professions, however all appointments are made on merit.
Robert Templeton has been appointed as a registrant member of the Council. He will begin his term when the register for social workers in England is transferred from the General Social Care Council to the renamed Health and Care Professions Council on Wednesday 1 August 2012.
Robert is a social worker with a track record of leadership across the health and social care and local government sectors. He is currently Head of Transforming Adult Social Care at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) where he is responsible for the SCIE's Personalisation, Adult Safeguarding and Mental Capacity Act programmes.
Frank Burdett has been appointed as a lay member of the Council and will begin his term on 1 July 2012. Frank has over thirty years' experience in the higher education and marketing sectors. Currently a Non-Executive Director at Milton Keynes Hospital Foundation Trust, Frank was Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Northampton from 2004 to 2011, holding responsibility for research, innovation, enterprise, marketing and international, as well as the Schools of Health, Business, and Science and Technology. During this time, Frank oversaw the delivery of professional education to thousands of students including those undertaking HPC approved programmes in Occupational Therapy and Podiatry.
The role of the HPC is to protect the health and wellbeing of those using or needing the services of registrants. The Council supports this by developing and monitoring strategy and policy for the HPC, and ensuring that the organisation fulfils its functions under the Health Professions Order 2001. The Council consists of 20 members (made up of 10 registrant and 10 lay members).
HPC Council Chair, Anna van der Gaag commented;
“The input of our registrant and lay Council members is vital to our success. I welcome the additional skills and expertise Robert and Frank to the Council and I look forward to working with them. Robert's expertise and knowledge of social work, and Frank's experience in the academic and commercial sector will widen the range of skills our Council bring to its strategic and oversight role in the organisation.”
Chief Executive of the HPC, Marc Seale, commented;
“I am looking forward to working with our new members Robert and Frank. It is a time of growth for us as social workers in England will join the Register from 1 August 2012 and a good time for both Robert and Frank to join Council and share their knowledge and experience.”