RCOT boards have an advisory and an operational role in supporting the delivery of the Council's work plan and objectives in their particular area of expertise. They also provide a line of accountability for members through the members of the board and directly to Council via their chairs who each have a seat on Council.
Boards normally have eight elected members who, in most cases, are members but there are times when additional expertise is sometimes added through co-option. They hold one day meetings three times a year and travel expenses are covered. Work is also ongoing between meetings. Board members normally serve for a three year term of office and a variety of vacancies come up every year. Vacancies are advertised in OTnews for all members to consider and apply for. The board chairs are elected through the annual RCOT/BAOT Council election process, as the positions fall vacant.
Board membership provides an excellent opportunity for members to contribute their knowledge and experience in their chosen area of expertise and to influence the work of the organisation in this area. It also offers individuals an amazing opportunity to be involved in the professional community of occupational therapy at national level for the benefit of their own CPD and work.
The organisation has two functional boards and four representative (country) boards: