From Mr Duncan Summerton, Honorary Secretary of BAUS & Mr Paul Jones, Honorary Secretary Elect of BAUS
"... including national & international experts ..."
In response to delegate feedback, this year’s annual meeting has a very different and exciting theme focussed on "The Best of British" urology.
The programme committee has made several major changes to this year’s meeting which includes a trial reduction of the meeting to three days, and a real focus on what is most pertinent to UK Urology. We are mindful that time away from your place of work is precious and we wish to make the BAUS meeting as efficient, enjoyable and relevant to the whole spectrum of delegates.
Highlights include: "Variability in Practice", "Implementing Standards in the Real World", "Commissioning", "Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)", "Non-Technical Operative Skills", "Burnout", trainee sessions, "University Challenge", "Best of BAUS" and much more.
This year’s BAUS Guest Lecture is given by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter OBE FRS on "Communication with men about prostate surgery: are numbers useful?". Professor Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, and a Fellow of Churchill College at Cambridge University. As Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, he endeavours to improve the ways in which risk and statistical evidence are taught and discussed in society. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular high profile commentator on risk issues.
The BJU International Guest Lecture "Health, Life Sciences and Industrial Strategy" will be given by Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the House of Lords. The Urology Foundation Guest Lecture, "Crouching Tigers, Hidden Dragons: Navigating the World of Medico-Legal Reporting" will be given by James Badenoch QC. The Journal of Clinical Urology Guest Lecture will be given by Professor Rob Pickard. Professor Pickard has also been awarded the BAUS 2017 St Peter’s Medal.
We have invited national and international experts who will be taking part in plenary sessions and ePoster sessions. The St Paul’s Medal will be awarded to Professor Anthony J Costello, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia. Annual Meetings of the Sections of Academic Urology, FNUU, Andrology and GUS, BURST, SURG are schedulked, together with the Annual General Meeting of BAUS, including the President’s address.
The teaching courses have been reduced significantly this year to enhance attendance at the main meeting although, based on full capacity attendance and feedback from recent years the, following courses will run at the meeting: MPS - Medico Legal Course, BJU International sponsored course: "Challenges for New Consultants", The Modern Management of Urinary Stone Disease, Robotic Urology: Safely Starting Pelvic and Upper Tract Procedures, Paediatric Urology, Practical Andrology for the General Urologist and Prosthetic Surgery in Urology.
This reduction in courses will ensure that more faculty members and trainees will be available to attend the main meeting.
This year’s social events will be a Drinks Reception at Glasgow City Chambers which will be generously hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow.
We are very grateful to our partners in Industry for their generous support of the meeting. Please show your appreciation by visiting the stands throughout the meeting.
This year in particular, it is crucial that we get your feedback on the format. The BAUS programme committee is responsive and adaptive to delegate feedback. We hope this year’s meeting will receive positive feedback and provide as much information and guidance as possible for 2018, and beyond.