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President's Bulletin

British Association of Dermatologists

President's Alert

15th January 2021

 

Dear Members

BAD Election Results!

This week the Officer elections closed and I am pleased to announce the results:

President Elect 2021-2022 (leading to President 2022-2024) – Dr Mabs Chowdhury
Academic Vice President 2021-2023 – Professor Richard Warren
Assistant Honorary Secretary 2021-2023 (leading to Honorary Secretary 2023-2025) – Dr Tom Lucke

Congratulations to those elected and we look forward to welcoming you to the Officer team!

Member News

It has also been a sad week with the deaths of four colleagues, Professor Malcolm Greaves, Professor Lionel Fry, Dr Peter Kersey and Dr Neil Morley. We have been updated by Professor Greaves’ family that the funeral will be a quiet family affair and have chosen not to have it live streamed. They have also asked if, rather than flowers, and if anyone would like to, donations are made to the British Heart Foundation.

On a happier note, I am delighted to report that Professor Veronica Kinsler has been awarded an NIHR Research Professorship. Her research topic is ‘Targeted therapies for congenital melanocytic naevi and melanoma’. She joins a prestigious group of leading health and care researchers, taking the total to 54, who have been successful in gaining the highly competitive award. 

COVID-19

All hospitals are under increasing pressure due to COVID-19, and many dermatologists have been redeployed. It can be difficult to balance essential dermatology services with supporting the frontline; do remember the BAD resources to help you. Please support and look after your trainees, many of whom have had significant impacts on their training. Don’t forget the fantastic presentations on the BAD website by Ian Coulson and the BSMD

A Message from past-BAD CEO, Marilyn Benham

Dear BAD friends,

Thank you so much for the wonderful retirement gifts, the watch is perfect and I shall enjoy many visits to Petersham Nurseries to spend the generous voucher.

I have always been very proud of representing dermatology and the BAD and It has been a great privilege to be part of your community.

It has also been great fun and I feel that I have many friends amongst you.
Good luck and thank you

Marilyn xx

Be Clear on Cancer

The final evaluation report for the Be Clear on Cancer: skin cancer awareness local pilot campaign 2014, was published on the NCRAS website on 1st December 2020. The objective of the awareness campaign was to encourage more people to recognise symptoms that might be an early indication of skin cancer and to see their GP sooner, leading to earlier diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately improved outcomes. The core message was: ‘A change to a mole isn’t the only sign of skin cancer – if you notice any unusual or persistent changes to your skin, go to your doctor.’

Guidelines out for Consultation

BAD new draft guideline for managing people with delusional infestation

The Clinical Standards Unit and guideline development group (GDG) would very much value your comments and feedback, to guidelines@bad.org.uk by Friday 5th February 2021.

The guideline manuscript is here and the supplementary information document here.

Conference and Events

Virtual Skin Diversity Subcommittee and BAD - Update and Open Meeting, Monday 18th January 2021, 6 pm

Please do sign up to join us at this meeting next week. We will launch the BAD Skin Diversity Subcommittee and share the work that the BAD is doing to be more inclusive of skin of colour. There will be short presentations and updates from all our workstreams, and plenty of time for members to ask questions and share their ideas with us. The programme is available here.

To attend this event, please email: conference@bad.org.uk

BAD Sustainability workshop

This workshop has been scheduled for Thursday 25th February 2-4 pm in association with the Centre of Sustainable Healthcare. Tabi Leslie, as chair of the Working Party in Sustainability, invites members from all over the country to be involved with this project. So please promote this to Dermatologists in your region. The aim is to establish a report, timeline and roadmap for a credible and affordable sustainability plan. Please register here.

It was a pleasure to be involved in the Virtual 16th Medical Dermatology Meeting yesterday. The theme was management of long-term dermatoses, featuring a great variety of topics and speakers. Many thanks to Giles Dunnill and the BSMD team for organising.

Last night we had our second Dermatology Zoom Choir session, 30 of us joined in and it proved a perfect distraction from the current crisis. Our third, and final, session will be 11th February from 7.30-8.30pm. If you would like to join you still can, no need to have attended the previous sessions, just let us know and we will send the links and lyrics (admin@bad.org.uk).
 

Dr Tanya Bleiker
President
British Association of Dermatologists

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