The Penta ID Network brings together clinicians, scientists and researchers from across the world who share a common vision to be at the forefront of clinical science that improves prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infection in children. Members of the Network share expertise to develop and deliver international research and training programmes. The Network offers a unique opportunity for multi-disciplinary networking and peer-to-peer collaboration internationally. The Network is coordinated centrally by the Penta Foundation in Italy.
There are currently six scientific working groups and two further working groups in the Network. Scientific working groups are made up of members of the Network working together to achieve specified goals in defined areas. These working groups report on their activity at Penta scientific meetings.
The current Penta working groups are:
Scientific working groups have a lead and deputy lead, with meetings held as determined by the working groups.
A clear and robust organizational structure can help all involved to act in the best interests of the Network. The principles of good governance are centered around accountability, transparency, responsibility, disclosure and organizational relationships among all stakeholders. For a Network, it is important the leadership of the Network is shared and does not depend on one person.
Success of a Network depends on leadership and governance, enabling the Network to function effectively, grow and become sustainable. A clear, transparent, and effective organizational structure can help establish the public image and credibility of an organization by exhibiting transparency, accountability, and responsibility.
The Network is the biggest asset of Penta, and it must be fully supported to achieve its potential.
We want to ensure the Penta ID Network has the organizational structure in place to allow for flexible, collaborative, and effective working. The Network has grown steadily, with now more than 300 members, who are taking a more active role in leading priority areas and the science of the Network.
The reasons for reviewing the current structure of the Penta ID Network are outlined below:
For the Penta ID Network to flourish, continue to grow and make a real difference to child health it is important to ensure that the Network is well-managed with clear transparent and accountable leadership and governance of its own. It is equally important to ensure the structure and procedures put in place do not create unnecessary bureaucracy and facilitate an efficient working culture.
The Penta Foundation are opening this web-based consultation to all members of the Penta ID Network. We would like your feedback on the proposal for the new structure of the Penta ID Network.
To participate in this consultation, please review Section 2: Proposed new organization of the Penta ID Network document and submit your feedback using the online Consultation Feedback Form. The Consultation is open from 18 October to 8 November 2021.
The proposed structure for the Penta ID Network is outlined in the Figure below. A short description of the Board, Committees and Working Groups follows. Please review this document prior to providing feedback in the Consultation Feedback Form.
Figure 1: Proposed structure of the Penta ID Network
2.1 Board of Directors
The Board of Directors governs and oversees the affairs of the Penta Foundation and the Penta ID Network. It is responsible for providing overall policy and strategic direction to Penta. The Board provides the Network with strong and sustained leadership that supports the development and implementation of the workplan, safeguards and oversees assets and ensures they are applied to intended purposes in accordance with the overall strategy. The Board is working to expand and diversify membership by recruiting new members from different backgrounds.
2.2 External Advisory Committee
An External Advisory Committee made up of independent globally recognized scientists, industrialists, patient advocates and other experts to provide advice to facilitate the strategic management of the Penta ID Network. The Committee would ensure relevance and rigour of the scientific strategy by benchmarking against the state of the art, ensure the research agenda addresses global health needs, encourage greater inclusion and transparency and supporting Network sustainability and expansion. Representation from diverse groups will help to create a vibrant culture for the Network to develop. This Committee will receive no compensation other than reasonable expenses.
2.3 Steering Committee
The Steering Committee provides an opportunity for working group leads from across all working groups with the opportunity to inform and discuss new developments, projects, initiatives, and coordinate activities across disciplines/clinical areas to eradicate silo working. The Committee aims to facilitate a coherent approach to new grant applications and projects, whilst ensuring the scientific rigour of applications, projects, programmes and activities undertaken by Penta. The Committee will communicate funding calls and proposals in development to the Board of Directors and review scientific findings to ensure these are used to advance knowledge. The Committee will be composed of working group leads who are not members of the Board of Directors. The Committee receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses.
2.4 Working Groups
The Working Groups will include Members of the Penta ID Network who are working together to achieve specified goals, as defined in each working group’s strategy. Working groups are domain-specific and membership is multidisciplinary. Working groups coordinate their own activities and identify funding calls they wish to apply for and report this information to the Steering Committee. Each Working Group is chaired by a leader who is responsible for reporting on the group’s progress and is also accountable to its participants. Members of the Board of Directors may act as advisors to the working groups. New working groups may be developed as the need arises within the Network. The working groups receives no compensation other than reasonable expenses.
2.5 Penta Foundation Staff
The Penta Foundation staff group is headed by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), who are accountable to the Board of Directors. The SLT is supported by staff comprising both scientific and non-scientific personnel working collectively as a team. The staff group lead and coordinate Penta’s projects and activities and develop systems and policies to ensure efficiency and effectiveness across all activities and ensure these are on track to achieve the mission of Penta.
It is expected that implementation of the new Penta ID Network organizational structure will support:
We would be very grateful if you would participate in this consultation by completing the online Consultation Feedback Form by 8 November 2021.
All responses will be collated and presented to the Board of Directors to refine the organization of the Penta ID Network. We aim to implement changes to the Penta ID Network organization in early 2022.