In December we appointed Gurpreet Singh and Susan Willis as new BAUS trustees. Congratulations to both and thank you to all the urologists who applied to be a trustee. It was heartening to see such interest in supporting the organisation. We are looking forward to the new trustees’ contributions and each will undoubtedly bring a new flavour to trustee debate. The third new appointment to trustees will be in January and will be the first non-urological trustee of BAUS.
We welcome Caroline Moore to BAUS Council in an ex-officio role as Research Lead.
BAUS medical student lead:
In November 2020, Ben Ayres was appointed as the new medical student lead for education at BAUS. He has a fine track record in this area at the St George’s medical school and I know has ideas aplenty. Promoting the specialty at medical schools is a vital role for urologists. With only 10 students registering for BAUS 2020 the only way is up! Interested parties may want to view the film BAUS has made with ITN called "FutUrology".
BAUS workforce lead:
Steve Payne has agreed to lead the BAUS workforce report until 2024. This work gives us vital information in planning urological services and in understanding better where the pressure points will be. This year, for the first time, we will be including SAS numbers in the report.
Congratulations to the four urologists; Jon Aning, Jim Armitage, Benjamin Lamb and Bhavan Rai who were elected to the BAUS Oncology committee, and to Krishna Narahari who succeeds Ben Challacombe as the Oncology Section chair, and Alex Colquhoun who takes over from Krishna as Secretary. Thanks of course are due to Ben Challacombe for his work for the association in the role.
Congratulations to Arie Parnham for his re-election to the Andrology Section Committee.
Congratulations to Arun Sahai for his re-election and Hashim Hashim, Magda Kujawa and Tina Rashid for their election to the FNUU Section Committee, as well as to Mo Belal and Suzanne Biers who were elected to Vice Chair and Secretary for the Section.
Congratulations to Jake Patterson, Hari Ratan and Subu Subramonian who all stood unopposed and were re-elected to the Endourology Section Committee.
Congratulations to Neil Harvey who took over from Sot Tolofari as chair of BSoT in the summer and to Paul Sturch and Ben Starmer who were elected as Vice-Chair and Secretary of the BAUS Section of Trainees.
TUF / BAUS clinical trials unit:
On Wednesday 16 December 2020, TUF appointed the CHART clinical trials unit in Aberdeen to be the TUF / BAUS clinical trials unit partner for the next 3 years. The team in Aberdeen have an impressive "back-catalogue" of successful urology trials that they have supported, and were the unanimous choice of the panel which comprised Grant Stewart, Caroline Moore, Howard Kynaston and myself. Everyone involved is excited by the new possibilities this more formal arrangement will provide. We hope it will lead to the development of more of the highest quality trials in British urology and, crucially, give people who do not have robust "in-house" research support a chance to get their ideas developed. Clearly a priority for TUF and BAUS in 2021.