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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Alert

10th September 2021

Dear Members,

This week we had the BAD Summer party in Fitzroy Square, my first ‘live’ social engagement and a chance to wear the Willan jewels! It was great to meet up in person and make up for some of the lost time over the last year. Great food, great wine and fabulous company - thank you to all who came. It was also an honour to be able to present the Arthur Rook Oration medal to Prof Celia Moss who gave the oration at this year’s annual meeting.



The BAD is launching two mentorship schemes in the autumn - one for registrars and one for consultants and SAS doctors. We are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor, or a mentee, for either scheme. Please see here for more information.

Derm Choir, the Skincredible Liberty Singers

If you fancy belting out a banger, sign up for the choir, using this link. Turns out everyone likes a bit of John Denver! The next choir session is scheduled for Thursday 16th September, 20:00-21:00. 

Clinical Standards

Access to medicines

We have been made aware of a number of issues:

  1. 5-MOP (Pentaderm) tablets supplies (Canute Pharma Ltd) will no longer be available after September 2021 due to lack of raw material availability, which may be a worldwide issue.
  2. Wal Hussain has raised the problem with supply of 1% lignocaine with adrenaline.
  3. Sally Ibbotson has notified us that there are supply issues of prescribable sunscreen for those who are eligible:
    1. Anthelios XL cream SPF50+ has been discontinued and we have written to La Roche-Posay asking if they have plans to apply for the reformulated product, Anthelios Hydrating cream SPF 50+, to be listed in the NHS Drug Tariff and dm+d.
    2. We are also investigating if there are issues around SunSense Ultra SPF50+ (Ego Pharmaceuticals).

We will do our best to look into these.


The JCVI has issued a statement on the third primary doses for CEV groups from age of 12. The statement can be accessed here.

The BAD is preparing a brief statement on how this translates to CEV groups in Dermatology.

BAD draft SCC in situ guideline

The Clinical Standards Unit and Guideline Development Group would very much value your comments and feedback on this guideline update – please email us your feedback by Monday 13th September 2021 at the very latest. The guideline manuscript is available here and the supporting information (containing the analyses, summaries and discussions underpinning the recommendations) here. Thank you!

Clinical Services

The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI)

Cardiff University have launched their official free DLQI App, available to download from Apple or Google Play stores. This very simple app gives an instant DLQI score along with the meaning of the score. The ten most recent results are stored and displayed. 

National Outpatient transformation programme

PIFU  resources to support setting up PIFU pathways are now available on the BAD websitehere

Following the webinars held in 2020/21, regarding the Teledermatology Roadmap on the Elective Care Community of Practicethe National Outpatient Transformation programme will be hosting a series of webinars regarding Dermatology Transformation. Each webinar will include case studies of resources and areas of best practice that stakeholders can consider for implementation in their own local areas.

You can register here: Dermatology Transformation Webinar, Wednesday 29th September, 13:00-14:30


Nick Levell

I am delighted to let you know that the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report for dermatology is now no longer a draft and is available on the NHS Futures platform. This platform does require registration but will be a useful site for all GIRFT national report information going forward. It can also be accessed on the BAD website here.

The report can now also be shared with others outside of the NHS: in particular, it can be shared with patient groups.

The main aim of the GIRFT dermatology report is to identify and address inequalities that people with skin disease experience when they access dermatology care. 

Key themes to improve services patients are to:

  1. address the medical workforce shortage in dermatology so that people can promptly see (or receive virtual advice) from someone who can help them;
  2. develop nursing, pharmacy and other staff to improve dermatology services; and
  3. encourage appropriate adoption of technology where this can be shown to improve services.

However, there is much detail and many detailed recommendations that may be helpful to departments wishing to develop the services they offer to people with skin disease.

I would like to thank everyone, including all the patient groups, nurses, pharmacists, GPs, dermatologists, managers, the GIRFT team and other NHSE/I experts who have contributed to the report.

Conference and Events: 101st Annual Meeting

We have now received approval for the BAD Annual Meeting 2021 to have CPD extension until 3rd January 2022. The virtual conference remains open for viewing so do take the opportunity to watch. CPD certificates have already been issued and based on what was viewed in the initial 4 weeks. Delegates should record their own CPD from now on and claim through the RCP.

It is my great pleasure to announce and congratulate this year’s annual meeting prize winners (more details available here).


Best Scientific Session Paper                            

S. Polubothu

Highly Commended Scientific Session Paper                

Z. Littlewood

DermSchool 2021 Poster Presentation Winners (Medical Student)

I. Macdonald, K. Price, Y. S. S. Ji

DermSchool 2021 Poster Presentation Winners (Junior Doctor)

S. L. X. Lim, E. Welch, A. Vos

Best Poster – Original Study (clinical or scientific, non-pharma sponsored)

A. Raharja

Best Poster – Case Report                                                                

A. Kawsar

Best Registrar’s Paper                                                                       

E. Burden-Teh

Best Clinico-pathological Paper                                                       

A. Connolly

BSPD Best Poster                                                

C.S. Thandi

Martin Beare Paediatric

C. O’Connor

Darrell Wilkinson Historical Award

C.L. Pickavance

Historical Best Oral Presentation

R.I. Yesudian

Honourable Runner-Up: Historical Best Oral Presentation

E. Butt

BSCA Best SpR Presentation             

I. Narang

BSCA Best Poster Presentation                                        

S. Butt

Best Psychodermatology Presentation                                          

S. Hart

BPG Prize for Best Presentation                                                                      

S. Butt

BPG Prize for Best Poster                                  

A. Hart

BADGEM Clinical Meeting Best Oral Presentation       

B.J. Doolan

BADGEM Clinical Meeting Best Poster Presentation   

J.S. Kern

BHNS Andrew Messenger Award for Best Oral Presentation    

L. Steele

BHNS Award for Best Poster Presentation    

R. Jerjen

PSG Quiz Winner

S. Sommer


BAD Skin Diversity Subcommittee (SDSC): Member ethnicity profile

Piu Banerjee

As part of the membership survey earlier this year we collected information about ethnicity. A total of 360 members replied with the ethnic group that they identify with: 

  • 20% Asian or Asian British 
  • 2.5% Black, Black British, Caribbean or African 
  • 68% White 
  • 2.8% Mixed or Multiple Ethnic Groups 
  • 6.7% Other Ethnic Groups. 

The BAD now includes questions about ethnicity as part of BAD new membership applications.

A reminder that the SDSC offers small grants of £500 for projects on issues around diversity. Please email the SDSC administrator for an application form. 

A further reminder on the collated list of skin of colour education resources which members can access on our website here.

Research Opportunities

Fellowship and Research Grant Opportunities for Researchers in the field of Adolescent Skin Disorders – Medical Research Foundation

The Medical Research Foundation is delighted to announce the availability of £2 million for two funding opportunities in the research field of ‘adolescent skin disorders’.

The funding competition is now open and details can be found on their website.

Fellowship opportunities are available for mid-career researchers seeking to make the transition to independence and Research Grant opportunities are available for established researchers seeking to progress in the field. Researchers whose work will increase understanding of the mechanisms underpinning adolescent skin disorders, improve diagnosis and treatment, and/or impact on future outcomes are welcome to apply.

Fellowship applicants may apply for up to £300,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a 3-year period.

Research Grant applicants may apply for up to £500,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a 5-year period.

To apply, please see the guidelines for applicants and application forms on their website. The completed application and any queries should be emailed here.

Deadline: 12:00 on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

NIHR/BAD Travel Bursary 2021

The BAD has teamed up with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to offer seven travel bursaries of up to £200 to those interested in clinical or non-clinical research. The bursaries are best suited for any BAD or BDNG member wishing to attend a course or conference to support their own individual research.

There are seven awards available and the deadline for applications is 11th October 2021.If you wish to apply or would like any more information please follow this link to the BAD website.

If you require any further information regarding the bursary then please emailCharlotte.


There is a call for paediatric psoriasis cases who experienced a COVID episode for the international ChiPsoCov registry. They have recruited over 50 cases thus far, but none from the UK (see PDF). The study website is here.

Educational Opportunities

EADV 30th Congress – Anniversary Edition, 29th September to 2nd October 2021

TheScientific Programmefeatures more than 550 speakers, delivering over 160 simu-live sessions, nine plenary lectures, eight late-breaking news sessions, E-Posters from over 1,600 exceptional abstracts, as well as patient-focussed and sub-speciality society sessions. On this important anniversary, the Opening Plenary Session on Wednesday 29th September will be followed by the Celebratory Session, sharing memories and highlights from the past and offering an outlook on the future.

RSM Dermatology

All of the 2021/2022 academic programme will be hybrid events, which means you are able to book either an in-person or live-stream (virtual) version of the same event to suit your needs. This would also enable all our section members and affiliates to attend any event whether you are in London, or not. All the Dermatology clinical cases are now online and available to book from October to June 2022 - click here to view them, or visit the Dermatology Section homepage for upcoming events from the section.

Managing lymphoedema BMJ Learning module

The Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) e-learning module on managing lymphoedema/chronic oedema is now live. The module counts as 1 hour CPD and can be foundhere.

Communications: Dermatologically Tested

The latest Dermatologically Tested podcast is on Artificial Intelligence with Rubeta Matin,Chair of theBAD’s Working Party Group on AI. Even though aimed at the public, it is a highly informative and interesting discussion about AI in current times and the potential for the future. I particularly liked the dog/cat/giraffe issue.

One of our previous podcast guests, Tess McPherson, discussed adolescent dermatology. I am delighted to see that Tess’s new book on the topic, endorsed by the BAD and BSPD, is available from the 23rd September!

Look after yourselves!

Dr Tanya Bleiker
British Association of Dermatologists




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