BSH committee vacancies
Volunteers play a crucial role in helping to deliver the Society's charitable objectives. We have a wide range of opportunities for those who wish to get involved in BSH's activities.
The benefits of volunteering include
- Helping us to fulfil our mission of transforming patient care through excellence in haematology
- Getting involved with interesting projects
- Meeting and networking with peers
- Using your knowledge to help others
- Learning new skills
The Global Haematology SIG are accepting applications for the BSH Plenary Speaker Programme 2021. Please visit the Global Haematology Plenary Speaker Programme Page for more information.
The BSH Scientific and Publications Committee has one vacancy for the position of Vice-Chair. The Committee works to enable translational research development in all areas of haematology and is responsible for establishing appropriate governance and procedures for managing the BSH grant programme, including grant calls and the review, awarding, and tracking of grant applications.
In recent years the Committee has restructured the grant programme to target those who most need the support, overseen the allocation of hundreds of scholarships, and launched numerous new grant types (including the Cohort Study Grant). Future focuses include funding for genomics education, promoting the research of grant recipients, and developing relationships with external bodies.
All those involved in research are encouraged to apply, whether they have a clinical, scientific, or allied health background.
Interested applicants should complete the application form here. Deadline 21 May 2021
The External Affairs Committee is looking for a Nurse and a Physician Associate to join the Committee to ensure representation from the MDT.
Level of Commitment
The Committee meets at least twice a year and additionally as may be necessary. The meetings are normally via teleconference.
Skills and Knowledge
No special skills or knowledge are required for this role, however, an interest in workforce issues and or raising awareness of haematology as a specialty is required as these are priorities for the Committee. Please note you do not need to have publications for this role. Please submit your application by using the online form by 16 June 2021.
The British Society for Haematology Guidelines Committee requires a new Vice Chair from July 2021. The appointment is for 2 years leading on to the position of Chair of the BSH Guidelines Committee from July 2023.
Applications are requested from BSH members who are currently, or have been in the last three years, members of one of the BSH Guidelines Task Forces.
The Guidelines Committee meets 3 times annually either by zoom or at the BSH offices in London. The work of the Vice Chair is:
• To act as deputy for the Chair when required
• To co-ordinate along with the Chair, guideline production providing clear guidance to Task Force Chairs to ensure due process
• To attend meetings with other organisations EHA/ ASH
To register your interest please send your CV and covering letter to
Rita Gupta, BSH Guidelines Programme Manager: email@example.com by 31 May 2021.
The Haematology-Oncology Task Force of the British Society for Haematology Guidelines (BSH Guidelines) requires one new member.
The appointments will be for 3 years in the first instance. Applications are requested from consultant haematologists or clinical scientists involved in Haemato-Oncology. You will need to be working in a UK hospital and interested in joining the Task Force.
The Task Force meets three times annually via Zoom Video Conferencing. The work of the taskforce is mostly in producing and updating guidelines and addressing other areas of development relevant to the UK. Being part of this group offers an excellent opportunity to help advance a career.
To register your interest please send your CV and covering letter to Rita Gupta, BSH Guidelines Programme Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, 31 May 2021.
Join this forum for an opportunity to see your ideas turned into new membership benefits. We are looking for 11 members to join this exciting new forum which is being convened to implement new nonclinical e.g soft skills development membership benefits to support those at the start of their careers.
We invite BSH members who are students and trainees in all roles, and nurses and allied health professionals up to and including Band 7 to join this forum. You will need to be able to attend online meetings and be willing to help come up with suggestions for new resources. Apply now.
We have a fantastic opportunity available to join the Programme Committee, initially for a one-year term as a Vice-chair, before becoming Chair for a two-year term. The Programme Committee develops the schedule for the BSH Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), the largest annual haematology event in the UK, featuring current clinical practice and the latest research in haematology, as well as specialist sessions for nurses and trainees.
The ASM is organised and delivered by the BSH Education team and the MCI group, which have closely collaborated since 2016 to successfully deliver the Annual Scientific Meeting. As a Chair, you will support the BSH and MCI teams to ensure the current educational needs of the wide haematology community are met, and you will be able to develop skills and gain experience to add to your portfolio of achievements.
You don’t necessarily need to be a subject matter expert. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with an interest in education and in supporting the younger generation of haematology health care professionals.
Time commitment: approximately 10 meetings/calls a year, and ongoing email communication
Meetings & site visits
- Chair the Scientific Programme Committee meetings
- Attendance at site visits to ASM venue in order to review session room space and layout*
- Attendance at industry partner meetings*
- Attendance at abstract review meeting (review meeting led by Chair of the Scientific and Publications committee)
- Final approval of programme content, including symposia programme
- Create initial ‘Welcome Letter’ for inclusion in sponsorship materials and ASM website reflecting on the themes, key speakers, etc at the ASM.
*These responsibilities are optional, depending on the Chair’s interests.
We are looking for a haemostasis specialist to join the BSH Programme Committee. The initial appointment is for a three-year term, renewable for a further three years by re-election.
The Programme Committee develops the schedule for the BSH Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM), the largest annual haematology event in the UK, featuring current clinical practice and the latest research in haematology, as well as specialist sessions for nurses and trainees. The ASM is organised and delivered by the BSH Education team and the MCI group, which have closely collaborated since 2016 to successfully deliver the Annual Scientific Meeting.
The Committee meets at least twice per year and Committee members are expected to attend at least one meeting per year.
BSH Image Library
We would like to expand the BSH image library on the BSH website so that it becomes a ‘go to’ resource for both teaching and training for haematologists at all levels. We are looking for good quality typical images of a variety of diagnoses. This might be a blood film +/- bone marrow aspirate/trephine but also could include characteristic features in flow plots or cytogenetic/FISH images.
To start with we would value images of representative cases of acute myeloid leukaemia which demonstrate characteristic morphological features described in their subtypes. A very short description (<100 words) of the case would be valued.
We need good quality images so please refer to the guide on the website as to image size.
As this is an educational website, all images and their vignettes should be able to demonstrate educational value or highlight a learning point. We are keen to reduce esoteric images that have limited educational value.
Please submit your image here.
The Royal College of Pathologists are looking for some images to help decorate their new building. Images representing haematology and also transfusion medicine/science would be gratefully received.
They are looking for very high quality images that are at least 300 dpi at 2.4 meters actual height. This is because if the images are lower quality than that they will pixelate when blown up to that large scale. Ideally the images should be abstract as this is an art installation rather than a pathology one, something colourful would be great.
If you have a suitable image please contact
Daniel Ross, Chief Executive
The Royal College of Pathologists
Imperial College London are currently conducting the CHAPS study, an NIHR-HTA funded RCT investigating the role of compression hosiery for the prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome in patients who have been diagnosed with their first, acute DVT. Participants will be randomised to either anticoagulation alone or anticoagulation in addition to compression stockings. The primary aim is to measure the difference in incidence of PTS at a median of 18 months followed up between the two treatment arms. This definitive trial will provide robust evidence regarding the effectiveness of compression stockings in the prevention of the post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).
The study, led by Professor Alun Davies, is being conducted across a number of secondary care sites in the UK. The study recruitment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team are now looking to identify additional secondary care sites to recruit to this NIHR portfolio study. Owing to the impact of COVID-19, the team fully understand that potential sites may not be able to proceed with set-up until the latter part of 2021 and are happy to commence discussions in the meantime.
The Academic Section of Vascular Surgery at Imperial College London are conducting a survey evaluating the impact of the Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) Trial on clinical practice. They would be grateful if you could spare 3 to 5 minutes to share your experience.
Link to the survey: ATTRACT Trial Survey
Please direct any questions or comments regarding the questionnaire to Aleksandra Staniszewska (email@example.com).
Nurses and clinicians are sought for a study exploring how Hodgkin lymphoma patients would make a decision about lung cancer screening and how healthcare professionals can best support them. The study involves a telephone interview using Zoom which will last around 20 minutes. Compensation will be offered for your time.
For more information or to express an interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found here
Did you know that an estimated 10-12 million people in the UK are deficient in Vitamin B12? And did you know that the biggest cause of any deficiency is Pernicious Anaemia?1
Over the past twenty years, the assay used to evaluate the B12 status of patients has changed and is no longer a reliable indicator of any deficiency. And did you know that the Intrinsic Factor Antibody Test that replaced the more reliable Schilling Test lacks Sensitivity?
The poor performance of these assays was addressed by the British Committee for Standards in Haematology in their Guideline on Cobalamin and Folate Disorders published in 20142 and a survey of members of the Pernicious Anaemia Society (PAS) showed that the failings of these assays mean that patients often wait many years for a diagnosis of Pernicious Anaemia - 30% of its members waited five years or more for an accurate diagnosis with 14% waiting over ten years 3
This leads to undiagnosed patients making repeated and futile visits to their GP not only wasting valuable resources but also placing the patient at risk of developing serious and irreversible nerve damage. There are also substantial socio-economic costs involved.
The PAS have successfully applied to NICE for a Guideline on the Diagnosis and Maintenance of Pernicious Anaemia which is currently in development, and they have also formed a Priority Setting Partnership with the James Lind Alliance to identify ten uncertainties relating to the way in which PA is diagnosed and treated. We would like your input and you are invited to participate in a Survey that will help to identify ten topics that need to be researched to help facilitate speedier diagnosis and better treatment.
If you would like any further information please open the attached document or contact us by email – email@example.com If you would like to go directly to the survey (which should take just ten minutes to complete) please click here:
1. NHS Choices Website: Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anaemia - Causes - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
2. Devalia V et al: British Journal of Haematology, 2014, 166, 496–513
3. Hooper M, Hudson P, McCaddon A, Porter F; Patients Journey: British Journal of Nursing, 2014, Vol 23, No 7
The NCRI MDS subgroup and the IMPACT Stem Cell Transplant Platform are planning a clinical trial to investigate the value of allogeneic stem cell transplantation for patients with high risk features, classified as ‘lower risk’ MDS. Many of these patients will be cared for in centres that do not perform on site allogeneic stem cell transplantation. They would be grateful if you could spare 3 minutes for a survey to understand physicians' interest in this study, including potential benefits and barriers to recruitment.
Link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6MJLGTY
Please direct any questions or comments regarding the questionnaire to Anjum Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are caring for an individual who is being or has been treated for a hematologic condition and has tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage you to submit data to the Registry. We are also asking clinicians to enter data for patients with no known history of a hematologic condition who have experienced a post-COVID-19 hematologic complication. A sample data collection case form is available for your review prior to data submission. Online data entry takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete (please note this is dependent on the complexity of the case).
More information can be found here.
A national UK ITP audit has been established to inform best practice in the management of new/relapsed ITP patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. (endorsed by the UK ITP forum, HaemStar and the BSH).
Please enter your patient data using this link
The NCRI MDS subgroup, UK MDS Forum and MDS UK patient support group have created a survey for MDS and AML patients and caregivers to complete regarding their management during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this is to understand more about patients’ perspectives of the changes to their care that took place since the pandemic and also to gain some insight into their own experiences of COVID-19 if applicable. They hope to use the data to better inform them about any beneficial changes to practice that they can take forward to improve the care of MDS and AML patients and also to understand what barriers and difficulties patients came across during this period. Please pass this link on to your patients and their caregivers so that they can have their say.
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For every completed survey, Wiley will make a $5 donation to one of four organizations, for a maximum donation of $5,000. You will be able to select which organization receives the donation. Please complete the survey by December 09 to ensure that your views are included.
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Blood Cancer UK has funded a study to better understand the emotional and psychological support provided to people who have been diagnosed with blood cancer across England. The research is being carried out by Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts. The survey is focused on support within adult blood cancer services and excludes children, teenagers and young adults as these groups already have nationally commissioned psychological support services. We want to find out about your current practice, experiences and views. The findings will be used to influence policy and practice in the future, and will help us to improve the level of emotional and psychological support for people with blood cancer.
Please share the details of this research project with relevant colleagues working in England and adult blood cancer services only.
More information on the survey and how to get involved is here
HaemSTAR is a national network of haematology registrars aiming to promote and create research in non-malignant haematology. One of the areas we promote is audit. There is often difficulty in recruiting patients to audits for non-malignant disease, either due to reduced investment into projects relative to malignant haematology audits, or because of the rarity of conditions such as TTP. The aim of HaemSTAR is to use a central committee to either create non-malignant audits, or to promote audits started in trusts around the country to enhance uptake. The committee then disseminate information about these studies to regional leads in each training region. These regional leads then disseminate that information to their registrar colleagues. This allows potentially for every haematology registrar nationally, and subsequently their consultants, to be informed about these projects, hugely increasing potential project recruitment.
We have very positive data from the projects we have completed so far, including an audit of IVIG use in ITP which accrued 975 patients in 39 centres nationally.
The benefits for those who registrars or consultants who contribute is that audit proformas and registration information for audit departments are prepared for them, their data is analysed for them and that they can achieve ‘citable collaborator’ status if they have given sufficient contribution on any papers published from those audits.
Further information can be found on our website; www.haemstar.org or by contacting email@example.com. This can be useful for consultants in hospitals with no registrar presence so they can receive our monthly Newsletter which explains our current projects.
The UK CLL forum would like clinicians to complete this survey CLL Covid-19 survey
The department of haematology at King’s College Hospital and King’s College London are conducting a survey to understand the current prescribing practice of low molecular weight heparin for the acute treatment of antenatal venous thromboembolism. We would be grateful if you could spare 3 minutes to share your experience and practice.
Please direct any questions or comments regarding the questionnaire to Jignesh Patel (firstname.lastname@example.org)