The changes to the Rules that were adopted at the 2015 and 2016 AGMs had wide-ranging consequences for the Association and its members, with one particular change meaning that membership would be extended to any healthcare professional who was registered currently, or previously, with an appropriate professional body.
In particular, this allowed nurses to become full, rather than associate, members and thus eligible for all the privileges of membership; this has since helped to revitalise the Association with increasing attendances at clinical meetings.
At the 2020 AGM, the Rules underwent another substantial revision prompted by various administrative changes in the running of the Association, new personnel and various decisions made by Council.
Membership eligibility was defined more exactly, the membership subscription refund policy was made clearer and the time interval of three years for performance reviews of Council members was confirmed; the remuneration policy for officers, Council members and co-opted members of Council was expanded driven by the realisation that it is now unrealistic to expect active, working school medical officers, GPs and nurses to attend meetings without financial reimbursement for their time and effort.
The relatively new post of executive assistant to the hon. programme secretary was recognised and a new Rule was formulated to take into account the current system for paying the annual subscription. Previously, new members would pay the full annual subscription on joining or half this sum if joining after 1st October; now the full subscription is paid on joining disregarding the time of year, with that subscription being due for renewal 12 months later.