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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Alert

2nd October 2020

Dear Members,

We have had another week of the twists and turns of the ‘Corona-coaster’. Most of us are now tired and have had enough; we need to be looking to each other for support and at ways we can boost our well-being. I have previously shared information on Elise Kleyn’s Virtual and Informal Peer Support Network for Dermatologists.

The BAD wish to support members and if there is something you feel we could be doing better or differently please email me.

Donations to Marilyn Benham’s Retirement Gift
We have received many requests from members who wish to contribute to a gift in recognition of Marilyn’s service as CEO to the BAD over the last 25 years. Please use this link to contribute towards this and leave her a message. Many thanks!

COVID-19: Guidance for dermatology patients for remote consultations
If you have not accessed this information on our Patient Hub website it is well worth a look and certainly worth sharing with your patients. To date there have been over 1000 views!

Private Practice
Many of us received the following email this week ‘BUPA Simpler authorisation for skin procedures and changes to cover for acne from 2 November 2020’. We have arranged a call with BUPA next week to clarify the changes and will update members.

BAD COVID-19 guidance updates
Earlier in the year there was theoretical concern over the use of isotretinoin, as in vitro work has suggested that nasal microbiota may influence viral load and innate immune response. Anecdotally, there have been no significant issues in those patients who have required treatment. We should only be starting or continuing patients on isotretinoin where the risks are outweighed by the benefits, and we should make patients aware of this theoretical risk. Our guidance has been updated.

There have been no changes on advice regarding the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable patients; we advise that you keep your patient lists up-to-date for now.

Conference Reminders
If you have not yet registered, the second Dermatology Global Health Day will be on 8th October, live online. To register, please click here.

The virtual 100th BAD Annual Meeting is still open for registration if you’ve got a few hours to fill over the weekend!

I am delighted to share with you the details of the upcoming EADV Virtual Congress. The EADV Scientific Programming Committee and Team have worked hard to produce a varied programme with renowned international speakers. The full programme can be found here.

Also highly recommended are the RSM Dermatology Section’s webinars. The new academic programme starts on Thursday 15th October 14:30-16:30 with a webinar update on the knowledge of COVID-19 dermatological manifestations including clinical cases, and for the past president to deliver a modified version of the deferred Pierre Deville Presidential address.

Also of interest, on Monday 5th October 17:00-18:00, is the free RSM Venous Forum 2020 webinar series; this session is led by Dr Kristiana Gordon and Dr Richard Bull who will discuss some of the dermatological conditions that may present to the venous specialist, and to consider appropriate management.

Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare
A reminder that the next cohort of Topol Digital Fellowship opened on 1st September and was due to close at the end of the month. The deadline for the scheme has been extended to 12th October to give people more time to apply.

This week, it has been a pleasure to run the BAD Roadshow from Willan House at the virtual Clinical Dermatology Update. Congratulations to Glenda Hill and the Conference Team for a very successful meeting with over 100 delegates. We also managed to catch up over a (socially distanced) glass of wine with cake; it is these brief social encounters that keep us going!

Have a good weekend.

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