From Mr John McGrath
Chair of the BAUS Section of Academic Urology
"... focussing on the role of data and audit collection ..."
I am very pleased, on behalf of the Section’s Executive Committee, to welcome you to this year’s meeting in Liverpool.
For BAUS 2018, we are continuing the very popular "Best Academic Paper Session" and giving a select group of young researchers the opportunity to present their work, chosen by the Abstract Committee, to an audience of critical friends.
This is followed by a lecture from the recipient of this year’s John Blandy Prize, which I am sure will once again give credit to Professor Blandy’s memory. We are very grateful to the BJU International and its Editor, Prokar Dasgupta, for supporting this first session.
Mr Ian Pearce, Editor of the JCU, will then be announcing the winners of the competitive medical student essay and CT audit prizes.
The late morning and afternoon session will follow a new format for BAUS 2018 and is intended to bring together all of the Sections and the broad membership of BAUS to have an interactive discussion on the role of data and audit in improving urological care. Mr Kieran O’Flynn, President of BAUS, will set the scene and discuss the on-going work to review data and audit activities across BAUS.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Eva Morris, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology. Professor Morris will describe her work leading a £3.4m Cancer Research UK programme that is establishing a UK wide colorectal cancer data repository. CORECT-R will bring together all of the datasets that are relevant to colorectal cancer, and securely link them to produce the high-quality intelligence needed to improve outcomes.
In the afternoon, representatives from all Sections and from the generality of BAUS, will outline their views on what data and audit activity they think is key to improving their professional practice and clinical care of patients in their daily practice. Voting will be available to the audience, so I would really encourage you to join us and help inform the discussion on this important topic for UK urology.
We end the day with the BURST session, where our younger colleagues will update us on the ever increasing growth of the trainee research collaborative and where opportunities for multi-centre collaborative work will be discussed by Mr Veeru Kasivisvanathan. An overview of the activities of the world-leading trainee-led BURST research collaborative will be given, with updates on the IDENTIFY project. We will end with a "Dragon’s Den" where trainees or Consultants will pitch their ideas for the next big national research collaborative idea and will be appraised by a panel of experts.
So, the Academic Section Meeting at BAUS 2018 is for everyone - clinical or scientific, trainee or Consultant - and I would really encourage colleagues to join us for the day. I am anticipating highly relevant and engaging sessions with excellent speakers, and a chance for you to help drive improvements in patient care by shaping the future of data and audit.