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
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.