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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Bulletin

19th November 2021

Dear Members, 

Research and dermatology often go hand-in-hand but whether you are involved in research or not we want to know your views! Your feedback and responses to our survey will be invaluable and will shape how we approach our future research strategy. The survey can be found here. Thank you!

BAD Elections!

All voting members (Honorary, Ordinary and Trainee Members only) should be receiving an email from Civica Election Services (CES) on the following ballot:

Clinical Vice President 2022-2024

If you have not received your email by 17:00 on Monday 22nd November, or if you have any queries regarding the voting process, please contact Elin Hearn at Civica Election Services. 

Voting closes at 17:00 on Friday 10th December 2021.

Please don’t forget to vote!

BAD 5-Year Strategy 2021-2026

The BAD 5-year strategy is now available to view on the website here. Our overriding vision remains ‘Healthy Skin for All’. Our goal is to be the “go to” body for everything related to skin health by collaborating with other professional organisations and stakeholder groups.

There are three objectives against which we have measurable targets with key milestones we hope to achieve over the next 5 years.

Objective 1

To promote the best possible standards of care for people with skin conditions, reducing regional variation and improving equality of access to quality care for all.

Objective 2

To collaborate, influence and foster skin specific research for the benefit of all.

Objective 3

To work collaboratively with other professional organisations to support and strengthen the education and training of all those involved in skin healthcare provision, promoting standards for the improvement and maintenance of skin health.


This week, the RCP published the results of the 2020 consultant census which shows that the number of doctors needed to meet patient demand continues to outnumber the supply significantly. The RCP will be using the census data in their discussions with government about the need for accountability and transparency in workforce planning.

The census data toolkit can be downloaded to enable you to produce local or specialty-specific data; there is much to dig into, and it is well worth exploring. Please be assured that the BAD continues to raise the workforce issues at a national level.


New mentoring platform for those in trainee, SAS and consultant roles.

If you are interested in the BAD mentorship programme please do sign up here.

Derm Choir

Come and join us to get into the swing this Christmas! Three Singing Sessions Free of Charge, led by the fantastic Kari Olsen-Porthouse.

These take place at 20:00-21:00 on the following Thursdays:

  • 25th November
  • 9th December
  • 23rd December

Please find the link for these Choir Sessions here.

Meeting ID: 839 7275 5046

Passcode: 439861

Book Club

Dr Margo Gkini will chair the next book club on Tuesday 11th January at 19:00. The link for the meeting is here. The book we will be reading and discussing is The Island by Victoria Hislop. This is particularly relevant to us as dermatologists as it explores issues around leprosy and the island of Spinalonga off the Cretan north coast.

Clinical Standards


If you would like the new BAD PILs card with a QR code then please do email your request.

Access to Medicines Working Group

We would like to remind everyone of the availability of Udrate cream (Ennogen Healthcare, 100 g pack) as an alternative to the discontinued Calmurid, which may be extremely useful in certain patients, e.g. those with severe ichthyosis. If you encounter issues with prescribing this product locally, the Access to Medicines Working Group would be interested to hear about it so we can try to help solve any issues – please email the Clinical Standards Unit.

Clinical Services

Don’t forget to register here for the webinar Reducing dermatology waiting lists taking place on the 2nd December 2021 at 13:30. This is open to clinicians in primary and secondary care, as well as managers and commissioners, to bring together all the ways to support dermatology waiting lists.


Dermatology Training: The Essentials

Dermatology Training: The Essentials has now been sent off to the printers and will be available to purchase from February 2022! Thank you to the editors: Mabs, Tamara and Andrew, and all the contributing authors.

Topol Digital Fellowships

The application window for Cohorts 3 and 4 of the Topol Digital Fellowships is open from 8th November until 6th December 2021. 

The Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare  provides healthcare professionals with time, support and training to lead digital health transformations and innovations in their organisations. 

The Topol Digital Fellowship is designed to equip fellows with new skills and knowledge. These will include how to practise person-centred design, how to use Agile methods to run projects and develop services, how to lead digital transformation, and how to use data in the design of services. The programme is also designed to?inspire?fellows by enabling them to hear from others who have led digital transformations and built digital health services. The programme will connect fellows to like-minded peers, digital transformation and digital health experts, as well as people who can support and mentor them.

This will be supported by a programme of workshops to stimulate fellows to confidently lead digital health transformations for NHS staff and patients. It?is an exciting opportunity for NHS clinical staff, including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others, to shape and accelerate the NHS digital revolution. 

Health Education England are particularly keen to share this exciting opportunity with members of the BAD and are running a webinar on Thursday 25th November at 15:00-16:00, to give an overview of the Topol Digital Fellowship and the application process.

Current Fellows and BAD members William Price and Zeeshaan Hasan will talk about their experiences and the benefits of being a BAD-sponsored Topol Fellow. Find out more about the Topol Digital Fellowships, read application guidance and see what webinars are available on the Topol website.

Research Unit

NIHR/BAD Travel Bursary Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the BAD/NIHR Travel Bursary Awards for 2021:

  • Dr Jasmine Sofela, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
  • Dr Lisa Kirby, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow
  • Dr Nusrat Bholah, The Walton Centre Liverpool
  • Dr Sumir Chawla, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
  • Dr Charlotte Gollins, Southmead Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Dr Alexandra Phillips, University Hospital of Wales
  • Dr Heidi Singleton, Bournemouth University Trust in association with Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.

We would like to say congratulations to our winners and a huge thank you to our judges, Nick Levell (NIHR National Specialty Lead) and Dr Ravi Ramessur (BAD Trainee Representative). The next round of applications will open on 6th December 2021. Further details to be published soon.

Trainee vacancy for BADGEM

The British Association of DermatologistsDermatology and Genetic Medicine (BADGEM) is a UK-wide network linking clinicians with an interest in genetic skin diseases. There is an opening for two dermatology trainees to join the Steering Committee.

Interested trainees should be keen to learn more about genodermatoses and contribute to ongoing work within the group. This includes development of a registry for rare skin diseases, organisation of the annual meeting, signposting of genetic testing, awareness of clinical trials and linking with other interested organisations including patient support groups, ERN Skin, 100K Genomes, etc.

   Please submit a brief CV and 100-200 words about why you would like to join the BADGEM steering group to Lillie Turnbull-Jones.

Research Funding Opportunities

New funding opportunity for clinicians to undertake research in Adolescent Dermatology – Medical Research Foundation

The funding competition is open for applications and the deadline for submission is Wednesday 12th January 2022. Details can be found on their website.

Applications are welcomed from clinicians who have the potential to be the research leaders of the future, whose research will increase understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying adolescent skin disorders. Funding may support research that will address the biological questions surrounding skin disorders of relevance to adolescents, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, alopecia and vitiligo.

Conference and Events

102nd Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists: Call for Abstracts 

Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th July 2022Glasgow, Scotland

Abstract submissions are currently being accepted for consideration for the meeting. Please visit the annual meeting website for further information on submitting your abstract. 

The Skin of Colour Training Day U.K. (2-day event) 

Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2022 

The founders, Drs Marisa Taylor and Dami Jagun, along with their committee, have organised another riveting programme featuring highly respected UK experts and renowned international speakers. Among the speakers will be Prof Rod Hay discussing common tropical diseases and red flags. Dr Amit Pandya will be giving an update on melasma, and Dr Faisal Ali will be speaking on lasers and cosmeceuticals.

Find out more and register here.

BSSCII expert consensus guidelines for skin cancer surveillance in solid organ transplant recipients

BSSCII are seeking expressions of interest to form a multidisciplinary working party to establish UK expert consensus guidelines on skin cancer surveillance in SOTRs. The invitation extends not only to dermatologists with an interest in this area, but also to other relevant clinicians, including transplant physicians, transplant surgeons and other allied healthcare professionals such as CNSs, who are involved in the delivery of care to this group of patients.

For further information, please contact Drs Conal Perrett and Ferina Ismail.

Closing date: 30th November 2021.

Enjoy your weekend!

Dr Tanya Bleiker


British Association of Dermatologists


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