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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Alert

4th June 2021


Dear Members,

It has been so good to get out and about in the sunshine over the last week, here’s hoping that the COVID numbers stay down.

Since Simon joined as CEO, he has been working hard to make sure Willan House is safe to return to. A number of building issues have been highlighted and essential work on the electrics, fire alarm, IT infrastructure, and lift have all been completed, along with redecorating. Office staff will be welcomed back at the end of June, COVID permitting, although they will continue to work some days from home.

Thank you to the ‘Monday evening’ team of consultants and stakeholders under the direction of Piu, Tania and the Clinical Services team who are putting together the GP Referral management website. We hope that this will help support members in the quality of referrals being received.


23 cyclists in Veloderm have clocked up an impressive 647 miles so far this week!

The next Yoga session is tonight, Friday 4th June, 19:30-20:50 via Zoom. Please do join for as little or as much of the session as you are able to. 

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 879 5321 1267

Passcode: BAD2021

You can also access previous yoga sessions recorded by Gee, which are available in the #DermTogether area of the BAD website. You will need your BAD login and password to access these.

The Skincredible Liberty Singers’next 2 sessions are Thursday 10th and 24th June 19:30-20:30. I am delighted that we have decided to continue the choir with a further 6 sessions from September 2021, after a summer break. If you fancy joining us, the more the merrier (we could do with a few more men…), contact CatherineBoycott.

Registration for the 101st Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 6th July at 17:15

Registration is now open for the 101st Annual General Meeting (BAD Members Only). Advance questions can be submitted to AnnaTong.

Registration closes at 17:00 on Thursday 1st July.

BAD Green Prize for Sustainable Dermatology

Please don’t forget to apply for this inaugural prize! If you have inspiring suggestions for incremental changes that have the potential to both make an impact and inspire others to adopt them too, please do submit a proposal. Written proposals (no more than 500 words) should be submitted here. The deadline for the receipt of entries is 09:00 on Monday 14th June 2021.


Thanks to the CoDermIS Working Group for keeping on top of the developments regarding vaccination and keeping our vaccine FAQ up-to-date.

Clinical Standards

NB-UVB guideline

The updated draft guideline for narrowband ultraviolet B phototherapy, produced by the BAD and BPG, is ready for consultation (manuscript here, supporting information here). Please do send any comments to the Clinical Standards team by Wednesday 16th June at the very latest.

Potassium permanganate soaks

The BAD’s Therapy & Guidelines sub-committee has collaborated with NHS England & NHS Improvement in producing a draft guidance for potassium permanganate soaks following reports of serious adverse events, including fatalities, due to accidental ingestion.

We would be grateful for your feedback on the draft guidance, which has also been circulated to other stakeholders including the BDNG, PCDS, RCP, Royal College of Nursing and Royal Pharmaceutical Society, by Sunday 20th June, please.


Therapy & Guidelines Sub-committee

The Therapy & Guidelines sub-committee is looking for a new consultant member. Click here for further details.

SAS Sub-committee

A number of vacancies are available on the Specialty Doctor, Staff and Associate Specialist Sub-committee. Click here to find out more

SCE Dermatology Exam Board Vacancy

Applications are invited for a member for the SCE Dermatology Exam Board. Further information can be found here.

Please submit applications to Kate Beaumont by Monday 7th June 2021.



The BAD Publishing team is always looking at ways to best serve the needs of our members, authors and readers, with a view toward future development. We are aware that BAD members have raised the issue of having online-only access.

As we look to increase our global impact in the dermatology community, and to make Clinical and Experimental Dermatology the best place to discover and publish educational material, we feel that it is now the right time to cease the supply of print copies and to convert CED to an online-only journal.

This will allow us to enhance the benefit to the BAD members through seamless online access and specialised Table of Contents alerts directing members to enriched and flexible digital content, as well as having the added benefit of reducing our ecological footprint. The Wiley Online Library is optimised to make the most of online content and the journal will continue to be available online to a wide audience, undisrupted.

While our move is to make CED online-only, we will continue to distribute BJD in print, but will continue to assess whether to move BJD online-only. We are looking into various options for BJD. In the meantime, please bear with us while we try to balance the needs of various stakeholders and find a sustainable way forward. Thank you for your support of all our journals as authors, reviewers, editorial board members, and readers.

Fakery and Pirate Journals

Thank you to Shehnaz Ahmed for putting together the following account to raise awareness after one of our members hadbeen afflicted by this issue.

Everyone is bombarded by emails from journals posing to be a ‘real journal’ so how do you tell the real ones from the fake ones? What is a predatory journal? These are journals with questionable practices and do not provide good quality service to the authors or the community. However, these can be tricky to identify.

The Think, Check, Submit initiative helps you do that, using this handy checklist.

Some key characteristics include:

  • a journal title which can be easily confused with another journal or that might mislead potential authors and readers about the journal’s origin, scope, or association with other journals
  • very wide scope
  • displays of unofficial impact factors
  • false claims of being indexed in major services like PubMed or DOAJ
  • no publisher address or contact information
  • unclear ownership of the journal
  • spams researchers with many emails inviting submissions, often unrelated to expertise
  • advertises very fast times from submission to publication
  • publishes out-of-scope articles
  • publishes nonsense articles
  • poor or non-existent editing of articles (many spelling mistakes or very poor grammar)
  • hides information on charges
  • no editorial board is listed, or the editorial board comprises dead or retired scholars or scholars who are not specialised in the topic
  • lack of information on the policies of the journal, such as peer review, licensing, and copyright.

This is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully gives you some guide to spotting the fake ones. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask the editorial team at the BAD:

In-Patient Medicine for Redeployed Doctors: Essential Facts

Thank you so much to the team at King’s for sharing this excellent resource. I am just hoping that we will not have to use it.

Daniel Creamer writes, on behalf of the King’s Dermatology Team

Like many from our specialty, the Dermatologists at King's were redeployed to our general medical wards during the first and second waves of COVID. We had an interesting time of it, by turns exciting and alarming. But we survived and managed to contribute to the provision of internal medicine services during those periods when King's was overrun with COVID. Since then, my colleagues and I have collated our new-found knowledge in order to share it among the group. I have edited our notes and packaged this material into a learning resource for future use (fingers crossed it won't be needed, but you never know).

The resource covers a lot of ground and is, I think, a helpful summary of much of the clinical material one encounters on a COVID (and general medical) ward. As such, we would like to make our notes available to other dermatologists who may find themselves redeployed.

Educational Opportunities

19th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, 30th August to 3rd September 2021

By Lesley Rhodes

Please consider registering for this wonderful Congress, which encompasses a diverse range of topics to choose from in Photobiology and Photodermatology – clinical, translational, and investigative.

The Congress runs on alternate years. Due to the pandemic, the Congress will be held on an entirely virtual platform this time, making it easier to log on to listen to topics of particular interest to you. Symposium topics include photoimmunology, photodynamic therapy, photodisinfection, skin cancer, photoprotection, photosensitivity disorders, vitamin D, DNA damage, solar UVR and environment, industrial photobiology, and more.

Registration costs are very reasonable, with discount before 7th June 2021 (€50 - students, €100 - ESP members, €200 - non-members). You can registerhere.


Thursday 17th June 14:30.This webinar will feature dermatology clinical cases and the Pierre Deville presidential address from Dr Chris Harland. 


The RCP is offering free places on its 'Research Practice Experience' course, which usually cost £400. The course, which will run for 6 months, is available to clinicians in all areas (doctors, nurses, AHPs, etc.) who have not followed a clinical academic training pathway and now wish to be involved in networked clinical research. Followthis link tofind out more.

Earlier this week I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Justine Kluk talk to our Comms Team about pregnancy and the skin in the latest episode of the Dermatologically Tested podcast. You can listen to it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or any other podcast streaming platform. It is also available on our Patient Hub.

Enjoy the summer now it’s here! 

Dr Tanya Bleiker
British Association of Dermatologists




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