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Disciplinary Panel of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers

Department

Health and Community Services

Authority

Subsection 24(4) of the Social Workers Act

Remuneration

No Remuneration

Purpose:

To hear complaints regarding licensed practitioners.

Structure:

The disciplinary panel is comprised of: at least six practitioners, who are not members of the Board who are appointed by the Board. One of those members appointed by the Board shall be appointed as chairperson. The Minister shall appoint at least four persons, who are not practitioners, to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed disciplinary panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a disciplinary panel by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise

Qualifications:

The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • General understanding of self-regulation
  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board/disciplinary panel experience
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning skills

 

Time Commitments:

The Disciplinary Panel is scheduled to meet four times per year and expected to attend educational sessions when offered. Adjudication Tribunals are appointed as required to hear a disciplinary matter. A hearing may require approximately one day to one week of dedicated time (hearing, deliberations and writing of the decision).

Term:

Of those members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, at least half shall be appointed for a term of two years and the remainder appointed for a term of three years. Subsequent appointments to the disciplinary panel shall be for a term of three years. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the disciplinary panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the disciplinary panel may be reappointed.

Additional Information:

Members of the disciplinary panel shall serve on the panel without payment for their services, but may be remunerated for service as a member of an adjudication tribunal and paid their travel and other expenses associated with the work of that tribunal by the council, in accordance with and at the rates set by the by-laws.

Vacancy Profile:

The Disciplinary Panel of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers is seeking to fill 1 position to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Batterson, Mr. Martin JonathanMemberMinisterial2013-10-082016-10-07
Hennessey, Ms. MoiraMemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Hickey, Mr. Christopher D. MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Smith, Mr. Douglas MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28

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