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    Ultrasound Technology Support Group Constitution
    1. 1
    NameThe name of the group shall be the ‘Ultrasound Technology Support Group’.
    1. 2
    AimsThe group exists to enable interested parties to discuss new developments, share expertise, to discuss problems, to advance knowledge and to facilitate collaboration in the field of medical ultrasound. The group has been established to provide a low-cost means to fulfil these aims.
    1. 3
    MembershipThe group shall be open to professionals who provide ultrasound services including Physicists, Technologists, Engineers, Sonographers and any other staff group in Healthcare with responsibilities or interests relating to medical ultrasound technology. Membership of the group is free of charge. Members may resign at any time in writing to the secretary. Any member showing offensive or discriminatory behaviour may be asked by the officers to resign from the group.
    1. 4
    Equal opportunitiesThe group shall not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age. Officers shall promote communication with all members equally and shall create opportunities for each member to express their views and participate in the activities of the group.
    1. 5
    The management committee and officersA committee composed of four posts shall manage the group: a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Communications Officer. Any post may be job shared by two members. Chair – shall coordinate the activities of the group with the officers seeking input from the members of the group and shall prepare the annual activity report. Secretary – shall keep members informed about the group activities, keep records of the activities undertaken, prepare minutes for each business meeting. Communications officer – shall be responsible for keeping an up-to-date list of members and creating, maintaining and editing the group website. Treasurer –shall keep financial records of the group and be responsible for financial arrangements with a bank or building society. Notwithstanding the aforementioned specified roles, all officers shall share an overview of the management of the group, including website editing, and share tasks. The officers are elected by the members of the group. Officers will be appointed for a 2 year period. All members, including current officers, are eligible to apply for a post. There is a term limit of six years for any post. The Secretary shall call for nominations 1 month before the AGM and prepare ballot papers if necessary. Where necessary a secret ballot shall be held at the AGM.
    1. 6
    MeetingsThe group shall hold an annual technology support group meeting; proffered abstracts should be invited and a programme shall be agreed by the officers, to include appropriate training content. Physicists, Technologies, Engineers, Sonographers and any other staff group in Healthcare with responsibilities relating to medical ultrasound technology are free to attend. Representatives of equipment manufacturers or suppliers may attend only by invitation. An annual general meeting (AGM) shall be held during the annual scientific meeting. At the AGM the officers shall discuss the activity report, the financial report and the activity plan for the coming year. Additionally, the officers shall be elected and AoB proposed by the members shall be discussed. Other meetings or training events may be arranged as deemed appropriate by the officers. Meetings should be arranged to minimise the cost to delegates, without incurring financial risk to the group.
    1. 7
    FinanceAn account shall be maintained on behalf of the Group at a bank agreed by the committee. Records of income and expenditure shall be maintained by the Treasurer and a financial statement given to each meeting. An annual financial report shall be discussed at AGM. All money raised by or on behalf of the group is to be used only to further the aims of the group, as specified in item 2 of this constitution.
    1. 8
    WebsiteThe Communications officers shall maintain a website on which the proceedings of the technology support group annual meeting are to be made available. The website will be designed to facilitate and disseminate discussion between members of the community. This content in the private domain of the website shall be available to members only. Representatives of manufacturers are not permitted to join the website.
    1. 9
    Alterations to the constitutionAny proposal to amend the constitution shall require a two-thirds majority of the members present at the AGM and entitled to vote Notice of proposed changes to the constitution must be given to the chairman at least one month before a meeting: the chairman must circulate the proposal to all members prior to the meeting.
    1. 10
    DissolutionDissolution of the group must be voted at AGM and will require a two-thirds majority of the members present at the AGM and entitled to vote. If it is agreed to dissolve the group all remaining money and other assets, once outstanding debts have been paid, shall be donated to a local charitable organisation. The name of the charitable organisation will be agreed at the meeting which agrees on the dissolution.
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  • Membership

    Membership Applications for membership are welcome from professionals who provide ultrasound services including Physicists, Technologists, Engineers, Sonographers and any other staff group in healthcare delivery with responsibilities or interests relating to medical ultrasound technology. There is currently no membership fee. Applications may be made by the registration form on this website. The following information will be required:- Name, contact address, contact telephone number and e-mail, job title, employer (if applicable), declaration of commercial interests relevant to ultrasound technology or testing. So that the group can freely discuss issues relating to the delivery of healthcare services involving ultrasound equipment without risk of conflicts of interest, membership is closed to employees of companies who manufacture or supply ultrasound healthcare equipment including devices used to test such equipment and sold commercially. Besides, any links to such companies or organisations must be declared as part of the application process. Where there are none the application can be approved by any member of the committee and member’s access to the forums and mailing lists applied. Where there are links to commercial interests declared the Chair of the committee would initially review the information provided and may request further clarification. Once sufficient data is available, the application is considered by the committee and approved by any three members of the committee identifying that, in their opinion, there is no risk of a conflict of interest. All members are required to declare any change in their status concerning relevant commercial benefit to the Chair for similar consideration.
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