We are thrilled to highlight some of the opportunities, projects, research and consultations that are currently being worked on within the wider Haematology community and beyond. 

Lighting the Flame: Sparking Interest in Hematology - Are you a medical student, intern, or resident interested in choosing hematology as your specialty?

Are you a medical student, intern, or resident interested in choosing hematology as your specialty?

EHA offers mentorship and guidance to get familiar with hematology as a clinician and/or researcher. The program aims to provide you with a clearer idea of what hematology entails from a practical point of view and get a head start in the field.

More information can be found on their website

 

Haematology Images for The Royal College of Pathologists Building

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
Email: [email protected]

Become an NHS Ambassador

Become an NHS Ambassador and join the thousands of passionate NHS staff who are inspiring future generations to consider a career in Healthcare. Since the campaign began in 2018 our NHS Ambassadors have interacted with over 400,000 young people through Inspiring the Future.

Sign-up now

 

Recruiting audit evaluators for haematology

The Royal College of Pathologists is recruiting new audit evaluators for haematology.  

Applicants should be Fellows of the College, have knowledge of the clinical audit process and be experienced in undertaking high-quality clinical audit. Evaluators are responsible for evaluating whether the criteria and standards of audits for certification are met appropriately for your own specialty.  

To apply please submit an abridged CV and a statement in support of your application (no more than 500 words), explaining how your skills and experience meet the person specification and how you would approach the role if appointed. For further information about the role, and to apply please contact Maria Marrero Feo via [email protected]  

Would you like to review haematology patient information for Macmillan Cancer Support?

We are looking for haematologists and haematology CNSs who would like to volunteer to help review our cancer information. Our information is widely used by healthcare professionals and people affected by cancer across the UK.

As a professional reviewer, you can use your clinical expertise to help us make sure our cancer information is up to date and reflects current practice. We cover all haematology cancer types. You can tell us your area of expertise, and how often you want to review. This may be a few pages once or twice a year, or more if you are able. These are emailed to you as word documents.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill in our short survey to be added to our secure database. Your information will not be shared outside our team. If you have colleagues who may be interested, please feel free to forward them the survey link. If you would like more information, you can contact us on [email protected]

Recruitment for MRCP(UK) Question Writers

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is seeking Question Writers in a variety of specialties to write questions for our MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examinations as well as our Specialty Certificate Examinations. This is a valuable opportunity to contribute to the assessment of medical knowledge and play a vital role in shaping the future generation of physicians. Upon the completion of a half day online training course, volunteers would then participate in an annual two-day hybrid Question Writing meeting at the University of Warwick in Coventry offering excellent networking opportunities, external CPD and paid expenses. 

If you are interested in becoming a Question writer, please find further information (including eligibility and how to apply) here.

Medicine, Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences volunteers required Herschel Grammar School deadline 7th November 2023

Learning to Work (a not-for-profit charity based in Slough) we facilitate activities that brings the world of work to life for young people. On Friday 17th November we are running a mock interview day with Year 13 students from Herschel Grammar School, making their interviews sector specific, based on career paths the students wish to pursue.

Some students have selected Medicine, Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences as sectors they would like to pursue post-18. The goal of the interviews is to boost their self-confidence and to prepare them for university/workplace interviews. We are looking for interviewers who have experience in their nominated sectors and would be able to discuss with the young people how they got into their field and the recruitment process.

The day tends to be very rewarding for volunteers and students alike. Each student will receive a 1-2-1 interview, for 30 minutes (20 minute focus on their CV and Cover Letter and then 10 minutes feedback).

The day will run on Friday 17th November from 8:15am – 3pm, at the school, onsite parking is available. Refreshments will be provided.

Please could you kindly respond to me by the 7th November 2023 if you are interested in volunteering at this event. Thank you for your support. I can be contacted on:

[email protected]

OR

07749418589

Calling all trainees interested in AML - Deadline 18 December 2023

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the AML working party for trainees. The AML working party focuses on the development of clinical trials in AML. It has a number of sub-committees including supportive care, relapse, transplantation, fit AML, unfit AML, and a scientific SC. The committee is committed to developing clinical trials but also provides other functions including contributing to guideline writing. Applications are invited for trainees interested in AML to contribute to the working party. There will be 4-6 positions available to contribute to either the working party steering group, through a sub-committee or to a particular project. Applicants should submit a 250 word expression of interest and a CV to [email protected] by 18th December. Successful applicants will be announced in Jan 2024 with a view to joining the AML WP thereafter.

 

Projects, consultations and research

UK National Screening Committee web pages survey - Deadline 10 December

Dear UK NSC stakeholders and subscribers

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is asking people to complete a short survey to evaluate its web pages and blog. This is to help identify improvements we can make in providing clear, concise, accessible online information about the work of the committee.

The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete.

We are sending this message to UK NSC membership and advisory groups, NHS England, 4 nations health department reps, all stakeholders and subscribers who have signed up for alerts on screening topics/conditions and all subscribers to the UK NSC blog. Please feel free to circulate this message to any other contacts you may have who engage with UK NSC work.

You can respond to the UK NSC web pages survey here.

 

The closing date for responses is midnight on Sunday December 10.

The Shame and Medicine Project - Deadline 31 December 2023

The Shame and Medicine Project- Do you live in England and have had a negative experience (felt shame or self-conscious) in relation to your medical care?

Researchers at the University of Birmingham and University of Exeter are interested in your experiences.  We are interested in exploring how feelings associated with shame can influence medical care. This study will explore a number of health conditions so all can apply.

Taking part involves completing a single diary entry online on a shame or negative experience in healthcare settings. You will be offered a £10 voucher for your time.

You can find out more at our website Home (shameandmedicine.org) and register your interest in taking part at SAMP or contact Dr Farina Kokab at [email protected]

This research is sponsored by the University of Exeter and the Chief Investigator is Professor Luna Dolezal. This research is funded by The Wellcome Trust.

Blastic Plasmocytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN) International Registry

Blastic Plasmocytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN) International Registry

We would like to ask for your contribution in the BPDCN International Registry project.

By joining our registry, you will help us:

  • to create a large database of patients with BPDCN and
  • to investigate the characteristics and outcome of disease with different treatment regimens,
  • to evaluate prognostic factors,
  • to generate data-based prospective treatment recommendations.

You can register your interest to participate using this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uykOE9PiaCXJ-E5snP8gPXxRN7RA7r4_PULR-oAvTSg/edit?ts=63a5a605

Dr Astghik Voskanyan

Survey: Contribution to the development of the SPIRIT-SURROGATE and CONSORT-SURROGATE extensions

We would like to ask for your contribution in the MRC funded project that is developing reporting guidelines for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) protocols and reports using surrogate primary endpoints: the SPIRIT-SURROGATE and CONSORT-SURROGATE extensions. 

By taking part in our survey, you will help us to develop guidelines for reporting RCTs with surrogate primary endpoints. The survey will ask for your views on the most important items that should be reported by RCTs reports and protocols using surrogate endpoints. 

We are particularly interested in the views of people who: 
• have expertise or interest in surrogate endpoints with basic understanding of the concept of surrogacy in RCTs 
• are implementers or end users of interventions that use surrogate endpoints (e.g., patient and public representatives, healthcare professionals) 
• have expertise and are interested in RCTs reporting and methodology (e.g., researchers journal editors, statisticians, methodologists) 
• are interested in the design and reporting of trials using surrogate endpoints (e.g., journal editors, funders, regulators). 
 
You can register your interest to participate using this link: https://forms.office.com/r/1UuDCBU8bc 

Many thanks,
Dr Anthony Manyara, Prof Rod Taylor, and Prof Oriana Ciani on behalf of the SPIRIT|CONSORT-SURROGATE Project Team 

Survey of current anticoagulation practice in the management of Covid-19 patients

Dr Rachel Rosovsky is a Haematologist, based at Harvard, leading in the survey of current anticoagulation practice in the management of Covid-19 patients

The survey takes 5-10 min to tell us about if and how anticoagulation practice has changed given the publication of the multiplatform, RAPID, and HEP-Covid trials: https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=HFJJ38THP4

CLL Covid-19 survey

The UK CLL forum would like clinicians to complete their CLL Covid-19 survey.

ATTRACT Trial Survey

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.

ATTRACT Trial Survey

Please direct any questions or comments regarding the questionnaire to Aleksandra Staniszewska at [email protected].

Research Project: Study of lung cancer screening decision making after Hodgkin lymphoma

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 [email protected].

More information.

MDS UK Covid survey

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: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MDSUKCovid19surveyCL

Healthcare professionals and emotional support survey

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.

HaemSTAR Projects

About HaemSTAR

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 protected]. This can be useful for consultants in hospitals with no registrar presence so they can receive our monthly Newsletter which explains our current projects.