Rather than insisting upon definite job descriptions, we thought we would ask the committee themselves to write what they do. Of course roles and role sub parts will and can be moved between posts. but at least this is a flair of the work involved.
Regular Sunday evening conference calls, turns at organising conferences and job sharing responsibilities are the only way a volunteer committee can work.
It is a responsibility but it is a lot of fun and strong friendships arise.
Responsible for a broad range of roles including branded merchandise, attending trainee conferences to represent the society, speaking engagements and assisting in general planning of events. Generating newsletters and running the social media accounts. There is opportunity for publishing clinical information leaflets and a variety of other projects.
Representation and promotion of SOBA at trainee events
Raising awareness of training opportunities in bariatric anaesthesia through fellowship programs
Offering a point of contact between trainees interested in bariatric anaesthesia experience at nearby bariatric units
Gaining insight into the way a successful specialist society is organized and managed
Regular committee work
Lecturer at all meetings
Interacting with AAGBI Spec Societies
Maintain Banking systems
Audit work with accountants
Receipts and payments
The Education/Research lead shares responsibility for co-organising/contributing as a speaker at the annual Key Issues and other National/International meetings. Annually, at The Winter Scientific Meeting I run the abstract/poster presentation process. The role also involves the developing and updating of eduction material which to date has included the Single Sheet Guideline and the AAGBI Review article.
During the last two periods of SOBA's life - we have taken the view that these three jobs must share flexibly the many many big and little roles between themselves. This removes any hierarchy and allows SOBA to work as a smooth balanced group.
We have tried to give a list of the 'jobs', roles and topic areas that are involved. The incumbents will have to start by allocating and then evolving roles to where individuals can deliver the best.
This list is not exhaustive or permanent and all three have mixed and covered all of these roles in the last two SOBA cycles of committee.