Fellowship of the BHRS(FBHRS)
What is Fellowship of the BHRS?
Fellow membership is the highest level of BHRS membership. It is public recognition of the accomplishments and impact of an individual on their field, and confirms their position as a leading professional at the forefront of arrhythmia care. Fellow membership is awarded to individuals who have sustained high levels of achievement and professional service for a prolonged period; for example through exceptional leadership and influence, research and innovation, or education and training.
The collective experience, knowledge and understanding of BHRS Fellows will strengthen the voice of the society. As individuals or as part of Fellows Working Groups, Fellows may be invited to inform and advise the BHRS Council on issues such as workforce, education and training, regulation and registration, position statements on contemporary issues and consultations with stakeholders – expanding the capacity and experience of the council, responding to the needs of our members.
Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship
There are two types of BHRS fellowship: fellowship and honorary fellowship
Fellowship: Fellows must be a BHRS member (in good standing) at the time of nomination with the title applicable until the end of their membership. Fellows must have current professional registration with the appropriate body.
Honorary Fellowship: Unlike standard fellowship, honorary fellowship can be conferred on people who are not members of the BHRS and there are no financial or other obligations. Honorary fellowships are life-long.
Honorary Fellowships can be awarded to lay people, retired or overseas medical professionals, or those who have made a significant contribution from allied field such as pharmacology or surgery.
Who can be considered for Fellowship?
Nominees must be people of established status and reputation who have made a substantial contribution to the study or treatment of arrhythmias- going beyond the normal requirements of their role. It must be clear that they merit the esteem of their peers for the excellence of their work -reaching a senior position is not sufficient.
A suitable nominee will be a leading figure in their field and have already left a clear mark on it; for example, through service development, leadership, exceptional research, education, or the introduction of innovative approaches or new methodologies. They may have developed policy or practice that has been widely adopted and is clearly attributable to them. Loyal service to BHRS on its own is not sufficient reason for the award, but it can be a contributing factor.
Criteria used for Evaluating Applications
Fellowship is an individual honour and criteria for Fellowship cannot be too closely prescribed. Election to Fellowship involves peer review; criteria should be viewed as general guidelines rather than a checklist of achievements – the key attribute of successful applicants will be that they can give evidence of exceptional achievement sustained for a period of five years or more. Doing a competent job as the head of a department or a service, will not in itself be sufficient– there must be evidence that the person has achieved in at least two (and usually no more than three), of the following areas:
LIST OF HONORARY FELLOWS
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The Nomination Process
Each candidate for Fellowship must be nominated by two current members of BHRS (a proposer and seconder), who sign a certificate of proposal. The nomination must include a CV of the nominee and statement of the principal grounds on which the proposal is being made. The statement must lay out how the candidate has the BHRS mission to improve and extend the lives of patients with arrhythmias.
The proposing members are responsible for informing the candidate that he or she has been nominated and the candidate must sign to confirm that they are willing to be considered for fellowship and they meet the requirements. The proposers must ensure, in consultation with the candidate, that all information relevant to the nomination is up to date
BHRS will not provide details of the identities of nominated candidates to anybody outside the BHRS council, except those individuals consulted in confidence during the refereeing process.
Who can nominate?
- Proposer and seconder must be BHRS members
- Proposers must belong to a different institution or organisation from the nominee (and should not have worked in the same institution for at least the last three years)
- The seconder must belong to the same institution as the nominee
- Proposer and seconder should declare any conflict of interest
The Selection Process
Selection is a two-stage process
- Review of applications and selection of appropriate nominations by the Nominations Committee to go forward to council
- BHRS Council ratifies selected nominees by a secret ballot
Following receipt of the application and two references, the Nominations Committee will examine the application and one of the following outcomes will result:
- The application makes a very strong case, is unequivocally supported by referees – the nomination is forwarded to a council vote
- The application is not judged to have met the criteria and is declined
- The Nominations Committee wishes to obtain additional evidence to reach a decision
Each candidate is considered on the basis of an overview of their achievements, impact statements, full curriculum vitae and references. The Nominations Committee will make their judgement in the context of the evidence presented to it, the recommendation of the proposer, past decisions and current policy. The decision of the Council is binding and there is no appeals procedure. . If not elected, an individual may be proposed as a candidate again after a break of three years. This three year cycle may be repeated without limit.
After a review of the application at a BHRS council meeting, a secret ballot of council members will be held. A candidate will be successful if he or she secures two-thirds of the votes of council members.