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 TYA SIG welcomes applications from allied healthcare professionals (AHP) 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.
This vacancy will have a term of three years with the option for a second term.
The External Affairs Committee has two vacancies on the committee ideally we would like one of these vacancies to be filled by a trainee as we do not have a trainee on the committee at the moment.
The External Affairs Committee's role is to develop and maintain knowledge of and two-way liaison/contact/ communication with other medical professional bodies and regulators, especially those with congruent goals to those of the BSH. It will oversee, monitor, and take any necessary action on the development of the BSH’s external relations within the Society’s overall agreed strategy.
- To assist the BSH to maintain good relations with key stakeholders including other medical professional bodies, charities, and regulators, government bodies e.g. NICE, royal colleges, sub-specialty groups, and advise the Board on what initiatives might be taken to enhance relationships.
- To maintain contact with relevant stakeholders, answer enquiries on policy and medicine.
- Develop and make ongoing review the Society’s external affairs strategy in the light of ongoing developments.
- Advise the BSH board on the policy changes that might affect members and how this will be reflected in BSH communication.
Level of Commitment
The committee meets at least twice a year and additionally as may be necessary. The meetings are normally via teleconference and last one hour.
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.
If you would like more information about these roles please contact email@example.com
Please submit your application by using the online form by 1 October 2021.
The Programme Committee has a vacancy for a member with a special interest in haemato-oncology. 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
"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
RCPath are looking for new performance reviewers to undertake RCPath invited reviews where there are concerns about:
- the performance of an individual pathologist or a pathology service
- risks to patient care, safety, or dignity
- operational aspects of the delivery of a pathology service.
WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?
- You will find helping to resolve difficult and sensitive performance and team working issues rewarding and fulfilling
- You will find the whole experience provides valuable learning and one that will contribute to your own personal development
- You will be representing the Royal College of Pathologists and helping colleagues and their departments, thereby making a significant contribution to improving patient safety
- Your travel and accommodation expenses are paid for by the commissioning organisation as well as a daily rate fee which you will be able to pay back to your Trust
- The role is not onerous – we do not expect individuals to be called upon more than once every 2-3 years
- You are not required when requested to participate, for example, if you have prior commitments
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- UK based Fellows of the Royal College of Pathologists
- We are looking primarily for Fellows within cellular pathology and haematology (since most invited reviews concern those specialties) and would welcome applications from those in other specialties
- Our aim is to enhance inclusivity and diversity and so we would encourage applicants from varied ethnic backgrounds and pathologists who identify as female apply to be part of our invited review teams
WHAT DOES THE ROLE ENTAIL?
- You will be part of small review teams which will work with employing organisations to identify and define the nature and concerns and issues
- Invited reviews normally last for two consecutive days and can take place anywhere in the UK
- You will conduct a series of interviews with all those concerned and contribute to the draft report
HOW DO I APPLY?
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).
Systemic mastocytosis is a rare haematological neoplasm. In lieu of a registry, this survey is being conducted on behalf of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the NCRI MPN sub-group to collate information on the current experience of haematologists managing patients with systemic mastocytosis. The aim is to examine the current practice and numbers of patients being seen within the UK to help inform any discussions for approvals of up and coming targeted drugs.
This survey should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us via the details below. Many thanks in advance for your help with this.
Dr Deepti Radia
Consultant Haematologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
Dr Priya Sriskandarajah
Clinical Fellow at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital
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
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 (email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Last Spring, we conducted the first of our surveys in conjunction with the James Lind Alliance that identified over 3,000 questions that clinicians, patients and others with an interest in Pernicious Anaemia want answered. We have now had those 3,000 questions analysed by a professional data analyst and we now have forty questions that need answering.
We would like you to choose your top ten questions from those forty, and then we want you to prioritise those top ten questions.
To find out more, and access the survey please click here
The survey closes on the 26th September