The British Society for Haematology (BSH) Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Special Interest Group (SIG) was established in 2017 to support multidisciplinary education for haematology professionals at all levels, to advocate strongly for TYA haematology research and to promote translation of the results into clinical practice.

 The goals of the TYA SIG are:

  • To promote the development of a national network of TYA haematology physicians encompassing both benign and malignant haematology to share expertise and promote high quality TYA research and clinical practice.
  • To develop international TYA haematology links to share practice and promote TYA research.
  • To identify areas for service evaluation and guideline development within the TYA community.
  • To focus early discussion on design of trials involving TYA patients with haematological disease. Further development of these trials would then be expected to follow the NCRN process.
  • To aim to become the expert body to advise NICE, commissioners and NHS England regarding TYA Haematology issues and service specifications via the BSH external affairs committee.
  • Subject to the approval of the Programme Committee, to hold educational sessions at the Annual Scientific Meeting of BSH

The SIG endeavours to have as comprehensive a membership as possible, with applications for membership welcomed from physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and trainees with interests in  both malignant and non-malignant TYA haematology. The SIG is open to both members of the BSH and non-members.

The SIG Committee has up to 10 officers, members of the BSH, appointed by the TYA SIG with posts held for 2 years in the first instance with possibility to renew, subject to agreement by the TYA SIG for a further 2 years. Officers of the TYA SIG committee comprise a minimum of a chairman, vice-chairman and secretary with the addition of up to 7 additional members.

Chair: Ben Uttenthal

Vice-Chair: Ben Carpenter

Secretary: Anna Castleton

For more information email:  or call 020 7713 0990

TYA SIG Committee Trainee vacancy November 2021

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 (, Dr Ben Carpenter,  Vice-Chair (, or Dr Anna Castleton, Secretary (

Interested candidates should go to the BSH Get Involved page and 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.

Join the Teenage and Young Adult Special Interest Group

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