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An engaging and successful day: 2015 AGM

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On 21st September, RMBF staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters met for the 2015 RMBF Annual General Meeting at the Royal College of Physicians in St Andrew's Place, London.

The day began with a Volunteer Officers Meeting, where RMBF chair Roger Jones chaired a panel discussion on future challenges facing the charity, and ways to overcome them. Trustees Professor Pauline McAvoy, Heather Mellows, and Chris Linehan, plus casework manager Liz Gagiano, discussed questions sent in by email, and heard insightful contributions from the audience.

A session of presentations on supporting doctors in difficulty began with Professor Terence Stephenson, chair of the General Medical Council, who outlined the GMC's processes and shared some interesting statistics on investigations, as well as the support they offer doctors. This was followed by Dr Richard Stevens, mentor at the Professional Support Unit of Thames Valley NHS, with a presentation which gave insight into the complex issues that doctors face, and how different workplace cultures can affect them. You can download both presentations below.

Prof Terence Stephenson - Working with doctors working for patients: the 21st century GMC (.pdf)

Dr Richard Stevens - Doctors in need of support (.pdf)

In the afternoon, voting members convened in the building's Council Chamber for the official AGM, with RMBF president Professor Parveen Kumar overseeing the proceedings. Professor Pali Hungin, the board's treasurer, gave a financial update, and one special resolution was passed, amending the Articles of Association to facilitate the RMBF's continued work in Scotland.

Our CEO Steve Crone gave a detailed update on the past year's work, covering beneficiaries, volunteers, RMBF's online support services and PR activity. Finally, Prof Roger Jones gave an update as board chair, welcoming new members of staff to the RMBF team, and awarding life membership to a number of trustees, guild officers and volunteers in recognition of their hard work and continued support of the charity.

Sincere thanks to everyone who came along and helped make the day such a success, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

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