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 committee of the BSH Teenage and Young Adult Special Interest Group would welcome applications from higher specialty trainees in Haematology to fill a vacancy on the committee. The group meets 2 to 3 times a year and works to share expertise and promote high quality research and clinical practice in both benign and malignant haematology in teenagers and young adults, and encourages membership from all those with relevant interest. If this sounds like you, and you are a trainee, please do consider applying; if you know a trainee at your centre who has a relevant interest, please do pass this on to them!
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Ben Uttenthal, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr Ben Carpenter, Vice-Chair (email@example.com), or Dr Anna Castleton, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested candidates should complete the online application form before 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021. Applications will be reviewed at the next meeting of the SIG Committee on 18 January 2022.
The Chair vacancy will consist of a two year term and will require that you lead two to three SIG committee meetings per year. You will also be responsible for making decisions regarding the direction of the SIG, co-ordinating educational sessions with BSH staff and submitting board reports throughout the year.
The Vice Chair vacancy will consist of a two year term and will take over the chair’s role at the end of their term. You will be responsible for leading meetings when the chair is not available, and working alongside the chair in co-ordinating educational sessions and events.
The Committee vacancy will be a three year term with the option of applying for a second term. You will be required to attend all committee meetings, contribute ideas in committee meetings and take on specific tasks when asked.
The Transfusion 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 Transfusion. 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: email@example.com by Friday, 31st December 2021.
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
The Innovation Fellowship: Devices for Dignity Programme is a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer and the National School of Healthcare Science. The programme will be delivered by NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative.
The programme is an opportunity for qualified Healthcare Scientists working within the NHS in England and Wales with a least one year of post-qualification experience.
The programme will provide experience in the innovation process, focusing on digital technologies for diagnosis or monitoring - equipping Fellows with the knowledge, skills, and confidence for the development, evaluation, and implementation of new technologies, and the ability to initiate and lead their own technology innovation projects in the future.
It is a 12month programme, with Fellows committing to one-day-per-week protected study time.
For the latest updates from the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, please register for the FutureNHS platform here.
"During Camp in the Cloud, Ariel was on such a high and was really animated and buzzing all the time. The activities were inspired, and so engaging. It just felt like an immense amount of thought was put into Camp in the Cloud, and consideration of the kids was right at the forefront. There was such variety and interest that was channelled with limited resources -and potentially limited space- yet it completely worked. Over The Wall couldn’t have provided a better alternative to normal camp.”
- Sarah (Camper parent)
Over the Wall offer free-of-charge and inclusive residential activity camps for children with serious health challenges, aged 8-17 years, as well as for their siblings and the whole family.
In response to the pandemic and having to cancel our 2020 residential camps, we created Camp in the Cloud, which is inclusive and engaging virtual programme. Camp in the Cloud enables campers and families can experience the magic of an Over The Wall camp from the comfort and safety of their home. Because of this, we are able to be more inclusive than ever before and accept even more than the usual 130+ health challenges. We welcome children and young people with haemoglobin disorders or related illnesses, and we even created a Sickle Cell and Thalaessemia Family Camp in the Cloud.
During Camp in the Cloud, campers are given exclusive access to our bespoke online platform. Here, there are opportunities for campers and families to interact in real-time with their team members through secure message boards and fun video calls. Campers are also sent our ‘Seriously Fun Box’ in the post, containing every single resource they need to participate. Due to the success of Camp in the Cloud, we will provide both virtual and residential activity camps as of 2022. Our medical team assesses every application to ensure we can meet the child's needs both at residential camp and virtually.
We are looking for referrals from health care professionals so we can reach the children that would benefit most from this service. You can refer on our website: www.otw.org.uk
Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book a 30-minute visual presentation with your team by contacting Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07435 980565
The Paediatric Haematology workforce survey remains open. We are grateful for the sites that have submitted data but we are still missing data on a handful of sites; mostly London based. Please could I ask any sites that I have yet to complete submission to do so ASAP as the information is being used to support ongoing discussions with GMC and NHSE. Previously submitted data can also be updated at the link if there are any changes to staffing or trainees that you think we should be aware of.
A full summary of the data and an update of the meetings with NHSE will be timetabled during the BSH conference by the Paediatric SIG.”
Click here to: Complete the online survey
As you are aware, there is a wide variation in the practice of prescribing anticoagulants in kidney patients. We are trying to understand more about this practice by undertaking a short online survey and would like to share the results with you once ready. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes.
More information is available here.
We would very much appreciate your input prior to 31st December 2021.
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
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.
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.