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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Alert

26th March 2021


Dear Members

This week saw the anniversary of the first UK lockdown; a time to reflect on the pandemic so far and remember those who have suffered during this period. Thank you for all your hard work over the last year.


The Derm Choir has now been named ‘Skincredible Liberty Singers’, a joint venture of the BAD and BDNG. To register your place and make a payment of £30.00 for the 6 sessions (April to June), please click on this link. Looking forward to our first session on 15th April!  You can see a short promotional video from Karen Olsen- Porthouse here.

Yoga starts on Friday 23rd April 7.30-8.30 pm. The BAD is running a series of six free yoga classes led by well-being expert Gee Gahir. No previous experience is required. All are welcome! Please contact us if you would like to join!

Membership Survey 2021

Tabi Leslie

The membership survey is now complete. We had 461 responses, thank you! I have highlighted a few main areas here and the full report will be circulated in the coming weeks.

?One of the key questions we asked was which BAD workstreams and initiatives have made a difference to you over the past 5 years. Members who took part in the survey were broadly supportive of all our workstreams and felt that they had made a difference. When asked which two workstreams were most important to you, BAD clinical guidelines were the top choice for the majority of respondents; Patient Information Leaflets were second choice. However, CESR training and workshops were most important to SAS Doctors.

We asked which member benefits you found most useful – access to BAD journals, the newsletter, and reduced registration to the BAD Annual Meeting were the top three.

We next asked you to list the top three professional challenges that you are facing right now, other than the direct impact of COVID-19. Common issues were workforce, service, burnout, and illness, as well as training.

Of the changes introduced during the pandemic, video consultations were the main innovation that people would be glad to see the back of!

Most respondents felt that service support was a major priority for the next 5 years, and the general consensus was that we should consider establishing a National Dermatology Guidelines Centre (NDGC).

We asked you for your view on the format of the Annual Meeting. There was huge support for hybrid meetings, which comes as no surprise as throughout the survey many of you highlighted the ease of access to virtual events and meetings. However, the majority would still choose to attend physically.

Patient Survey on Teledermatology

Thank you to everyone who shared the British Association of Dermatologists’ Patient Survey 2021 on teledermatology. This has now closed, and we received over 570 responses, which we could not have done without all your help. We are delighted with the response which has enabled us to get a wide scope of opinions from patients living up and down the country. We are working on analysing the data to better understand patients’ experiences with dermatology during the pandemic, which could prove invaluable for related activity in the future.

Service/Clinical Updates

National Elective Care Recovery & Transformation Programme: A&G in Dermatology FAQs,

Carolyn Charman

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions on Dermatology Advice and Guidance (A&G). It is intended to support local health systems to successfully mobilise A&G services. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page on the BAD website to access the FAQ document.

MHRA clarification on isotretinoin

The Therapy & Guidelines sub-committee has received the following clarification from the MHRA regarding some aspects of isotretinoin prescribing. The matters covered are:

  1. prescribing isotretinoin for women considered by the prescriber to be not at risk of pregnancy,
  2. supervision of pregnancy tests, and
  3. a planned MHRA update on remote prescribing and pregnancy tests (please also refer to the interim BAD guidance for managing patients on isotretinoin during the COVID-19 pandemic, pending this MHRA update).

CEV & Shielding

For clinically extremely vulnerable patients, shielding will come to an end at the end of March. Your patients will be receiving a letter over the next two weeks advising them. Further information can be found here.

Integrated Care System (ICS): NHE Confederation would like your view

NHS Confederation is currently seeking views from clinical and care professionals on the way clinical leadership will be established in an Integrated Care System. The survey will be asking specifically for views on a set of design principles. If you are interested in providing feedback directly, please click on this link and complete the survey by close of play, Wednesday 31st March 2021.  

Dermatopathology Educational Opportunity for Trainees

Tamara Griffiths

The BAD Education Board is delighted to launch a collaborative initiative with DermpathPro, an educational online platform which draws expertise from eminent UK and international dermatopathologists. Trainee members will have access to a special BAD site to support curriculum capabilities at a time where face-to-face dermatopathology teaching can be limited. Content ranges from “the basics” to complex cases, including videos, quizzes and interactive modules, all utilising state-of-the-art technology. We hope it enables a better understanding of dermatopathology, which underpins good clinical practice, and that it may even inspire a new generation of dermatopathologists! Further details on how to join will be forthcoming.

Registrar teaching burgeons despite lockdown

Helena Wace, Dermatology Registrar, Oxford University Hospitals; Anna Dunnigan, Internal Medicine Trainee, North Central London

An unquestionable highlight of dermatology training in Oxford is our weekly teaching sessions with Dr Susan Burge, BAD President 2006-2007. Despite retiring some years ago, Dr Burge is up with the lark on a Monday morning, come rain or shine, to share her wealth of experience and boundless knowledge. As a former Director of Clinical Studies at Oxford University Medical School, Dr Burge has a natural aptitude for teaching, creating a hugely enjoyable and friendly environment in which all ability levels can thrive (from enthusiastic Internal Medicine Trainees to senior registrars alike). Dr Burge’s 2021 programme covers a vast array of topics from acantholysis to rashes in pregnancy, and there will even be a Christmas special devoted to red faces. Drawing on memorable clinical cases from throughout her career, Dr Burge coaxes the diagnosis from her audience with just the right level of complexity. There is almost always some histology to help (or hinder) our differentials. Her enthusiasm for the skin and incredible ability to keep abreast of the latest evidence makes this one of the most useful hours of our week. With the arrival of COVID-19, Dr Burge has seamlessly migrated her sessions onto Microsoft Teams, enabling us to be joined by trainees in Southampton, London, Bristol and Sheffield. Dr Burge has kindly offered to run a weekly repeat session should there be additional interest from trainees in other regions.

Conferences/ Events

EADV Virtual Spring Symposium 2021 6-7th May 2021

More than a hundred speakers will present at the symposium to discuss exciting updates, treatment innovations and cutting-edge developments in science and patient care, covering topics such as dermoscopy, psoriasis, COVID-19, acne, melanoma and ‘breaking news’.

BAD 101st Annual Meeting

Abstract submission for late-breaking abstracts

You are invited to submit an abstract by the deadline of midnight Friday 7th May for consideration by the programme committee as a late-breaking abstract.

Digital Playbooks Webinar, 13th April 5:00-6:15 pm

NHSX’s Dermatology Digital Playbook was published earlier this year and provides support to clinical teams and organisations that are looking for digital tools that support the delivery of patient pathways. The BAD, in partnership with NHSX, are hosting a joint webinar on the work that is being implemented around teledermatology. Please register here to attend.

I have recently been introduced to the work of Dr Glaucomaflecken, his post on Dermatologists really made me laugh!

Next week will be Easter Bank Holiday weekend so there will not be an alert. Have an enjoyable and restful Easter.

Dr Tanya Bleiker
British Association of Dermatologists




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