From Mr Kieran O'Flynn
President of the British Association of Urological Surgeons
"... reflecting the best of British Urology ..."
On behalf of BAUS Council, I am delighted to invite you to the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. In response to feedback from delegates following BAUS 2016 and the EAU meeting in London this March, we have changed the format and duration of the meeting to ensure that it has a distinct feel, reflecting the best of British Urology.
The continuing challenge for all of us working in the NHS is to deliver high-quality care within available resources, whilst embracing the latest evidence informing clinical practice; these issues are key elements of the 2017 meeting. Whilst much of our clinical practice is of high quality, analysis of the work done by the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) team has shown a wide variation in parctice for many conditions in urology. Simon Harrison (who leads the GIRFT team) will be giving an update on the progress of the work, looking at how standards can be applied in the real world.
For the first time at our meeting, there will be a session on "When Things Go Wrong". This will focus on the impact of adverse events and burnout in urologists; it promises to be insightful and thought-provoking. On a lighter note, this year will see the return of "University Challenge" - a team of Consultants will take on a team of Trainees, hosted by the inimitable Professor Roger Kirby.
The Academic Urology, Andrology (AGURS) and Female (FNUU) Sections will be holding their Annual Meetings on Monday 26 June 2017. There will be joint sessions between the Andrology (AGURS) and Female (FNUU) Sections, and between the Academic and Oncology Sections, on Monday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, there will be a joint session between the Oncology and Endourology Sections.
The programme of Teaching Courses has also been revised this year with the programme committee’s decision taken to rest the Skills Courses. Because the meeting runs over three days, we wanted to ensure delegates (including the Course Faculty) can maximize their time in Glasgow and attend as many of the excellent plenary and parallel sessions as possible. If you do plan to attend a Teaching Course, book early because places are limited and we expect them to prove popular.
The main social event of the meeting will be a Drinks Reception on Monday 26 June 18.30hr in Glasgow City Chambers. This will be a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues. Our thanks go to our colleagues from the pharmaceutical and equipment companies for continuing their very generous support of the Association’s educational activities, including meetings run by the Sections and courses run by the Education Committee. I hope you will show your appreciation by visiting their stands in the Medical and Trade Exhibition during the week. We have scheduled times into the programme to allow you to visit the Exhibition Hall.
In closing, I would like to thank Duncan Summerton (Honorary Secretary) and Paul Jones (Honorary Secretary Elect) for leading the development of an exceptional and highly relevant meeting programme. Our thanks also go to members of the Programme Committee and Section Executive Committees for their hard work in putting together excellent sessions, to our Abstract Reviewers for reading and marking all the submitted abstracts, and to Hannah Doyle (Events Manager) and Harry Heald (Events Co-ordinator) in BAUS Office for the enormous amount of work they have put into planning this meeting.
Packed with stylish bars and restaurants, fantastic museums and many other attractions, Glasgow has evolved over the last couple of decades to become one of the country’s most intriguing cities to visit. I look forward to seeing you there in June.