STRUCTURE OF THE WCET EXECUTIVE BOARD
The WCET Executive Board is dedicated to the Mission, Vision and Values of the WCET and to furthering the development of ostomy, wound and continence care throughout the world.
The WCET Executive Board, with the exception of the WCET Journal Executive Editor, is elected by the WCET members for a two year term. The Executive Editor and the Congress and Meetings Coordinator are appointed by the President and the Executive Board.
WCET 2016-2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD
WCET STANDING COMMITTEES
A number of strategic committees have been established to enable the WCET to provide a high standard of service to its members and stakeholders.
WCET Education Committee (established 1978)
The original Education Committee mandate was to ensure a worldwide standard of education across Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Programs (ETNEPs). In 1990 guidelines were developed by the Education Committee to standardise Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Programs (ETNEPs) to ensure both a uniform delivery of knowledge and the development of the students' abilities and attitudes. ETNEP Directors are invited to submit their program for WCET recognition. The WCET recognised programs are reviewed every two to four years by the committee. By 2011 there were 40 WCET recognised ETNEPs.
In 2006, the WCET Education Committee developed guidelines for Recognised Educational Programs (REPs) in either ostomy, or ostomy and wound, or ostomy and continence care. These programs are in addition to the more traditionally recognised ETNEPs.
Norma N Gill Foundation (NNGF) Committee (established 1980)
The Norma N Gill Foundation (NNGF) was formally inaugurated in 1980 at the WCET Congress in Cleveland, USA to honour Norma N Gill, the founder of the WCET. In 1996, as a result of years of work by various Executive Board members, the WCET was awarded charitable status in the UK.
The mission of the NNGF is to raise funds for nursing scholarships to further Enterostomal Therapy Nursing education throughout the world and to help establish stoma care where services are non-existent. Members and non-members are encouraged to apply for NNGF scholarships.
The NNGF has since inaugurated the Twinning Project whereby volunteers from a developed country assist and support an emerging country to create or expand Enterostomal Therapy Nursing services in that country through a variety of projects.
WCET Publications and Communications Committee (established 1978)
The WCET Publications Committee was created to oversee WCET publications and communications. It is responsible for developing promotional brochures, pamphlets, posters, and all other printed WCET communications, except the WCET Journal. The committee is also responsible for publishing the national country reports on the database. With the increased use of modern communication technology, the committee has assumed the additional role of website management and updating.
WCET Congress and Meeting Coordinator
A Congress and Meeting Coordinator is appointed by the WCET president and is a member of the Executive Board. The Congress and Meeting Coordinator assures that the established WCET policies and guidelines for congress venue being followed. The role of Congress and Meeting Coordinator includes making site visits for the proposed congress, collaborating with the Industry Liaison, scheduling the WCET Executive Board and committee meetings, and arranging the WCET booth at the attended congresses.
OTHER WCET OFFICES
The WCET constitution is an effective and necessary governing document for running our organisation. Since the WCET is registered as a charity and undertakes to provide services in communities, having a constitution is a legal requirement. The WCET constitution is also a way of ensuring that our members, the public and funding bodies can feel confident that the association is being run properly and is financially accountable.
The WCET is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
WCET Editorial Advisory Board
The Editorial Advisory Board is responsible for article sourcing, editing and the overall management of the WCET Journal. It is also responsible for the acquisition and scrutiny of Journal submissions as well as the translation of such articles. The Editorial Advisory Board oversees the insertion of industry supplements.
WCET Constitution Advisory Panel
The Constitution Advisory Panel for the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) ensures that the existing Constitutions facilitate the ease of operation of the organizational affairs of the WCET and comply with the Charities Commission requirements. In addition, the Constitution Advisory Panel shall:
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Terms of Reference have been developed which outline the mandate of the Executive Board, Committee Chairpersons, International Delegates and other Offices. These are reviewed and updated annually.