In January 2021, we appointed Lisa Dodgshon as the first non-urological trustee of BAUS. Her background is in communications, sponsorship, pharma & marketing: she established and ran her own company, Succinct Communications, for a number of years. Sher has already made a difference to Trustees, and we look forward to both to her continued contributions and to the appointment of more non-urological trustees in the future.
BAUS Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer
The closing date for nominations for these positions is Thursday 1 April at 12:00hr. If you’ve wondered whether to stand, then do!! Both are positions with great influence within the organisation, and I think the switch to virtual committee meetings makes the jobs far more feasible for urologists, wherever you may reside.
BAUS Workforce Lead
Steve Payne has kindly 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.
He has recently produced a report on the ageing urologist, which sets out the challenges of being a surgeon over the age of 55. This is in keeping with the BAUS view that all elements of the workforce need to be supported in imaginative ways. The report will be published on the BAUS website shortly.
TUF Clinical Trials Unit
This project has moved forward at pace. For those new to this, you should know that The Urology Foundation (TUF) has sponsored the development of a partnership between TUF, BAUS and the Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) unit in Aberdeen, with the express intention of bringing forward outstanding multicentre trials in urological surgery.
Graeme MacLennan and James N’Dow from CHaRT, Caroline Moore the RCS England / BAUS specialty lead for urology research, Grant Stewart, Chairman of the TUF Science & Education Committee, and myself have met monthly. The highlight of the first six months of work will be a Dragon’s Den of research trial proposals at the virtual congress in June 2021.
The key is ideas. If you have them, put them forward through sections, or contact us ... I’d delighted if you contact me. We are open to all ideas and we want them to come from new sources. If you are interested in the project, do register for the explanatory webinar on 15 April 2021 at 19:00hr.