In February 2021 we appointed Lisa Dodgshon as the first ever non-urological trustee of BAUS. Her background is in business, marketing, pharma and communications, and she has already brought a fresh business-savvy approach to BAUS operations. She has also been leading a major digital redesign project at BAUS (see below) and all trustees are agreed that her appointment has been a hugely positive step for the organisation. It is likely that another non-urological trustee will be appointed in the future.
In November 2021 at the BAUS AGM, we presented proposed changes to our membership categories. These changes gave effect to the decision at the AGM last year for a change in our Articles of Association to broaden membership and include non-medically qualified healthcare practitioners who are involved in the treatment of urological patients.
This move is in recognition of the fact that the urological team is drawn from a huge pool of talent, and roles within those teams have blurred over time. Furthermore, there are large numbers of people in those teams who have no real professional home and BAUS can now provide that. Membership has been set at the highly attractive rate of £75 per annum, so why don’t you talk to the robotic assistants, clinical scientists or nurses on your team and encourage them to join? This move, we think, presents a huge opportunity for BAUS to grow. In 2021, Nick Watkin and the BAUS team (especially Judith Mitchell, Tricia Hagan and Anne Bishop) have put in a huge amount of work to rationalise the categories of membership of BAUS, and all trustees are agreed we now have a more coherent template.
In September 2021, BAUS council met in a new style format with a view to producing a more strategic edge to council. We spent two days in Cambridge, at Jesus College, and we covered a lot of ground. Breakouts included sessions on:
- urology in smaller remote units;
- urology in the devolved nations;
- congress 2022 and beyond;
- the older urologist;
- widening participation at BAUS;
- research at BAUS;
- first responder action after a surgical calamity (with Kevin Turner);
- priming the pipeline at BAUS;
- elective surgical backlog;
- a BAUS BPH meeting; mentorship;
- a BAUS code of conduct;
- a BAUS International forum;
- training in emergency urology;
- the role of regional representatives; and
- membership & fees at BAUS.
I particularly want to highlight here the work being done by Suzanne Biers in developing a country-wide programme of cadaveric training in emergency urology. This is a very important initiative, designed to help Consultant Urologists remain confident about emergency urology and, in particular, the management of iatrogenic injuries to the ureter. To hear more about this in 2022, please click here.
Additionally, every member of council contributed individually to the BAUS digital project through structured interviews with two digital consultants (Matt Baker and Alex Butler) from Foundry3 consultancy. It was a superb two days and has laid a marker down for BAUS.
If any of these projects interest you, then do feel free to get in touch with me direct. Do you have ideas in the sphere of urology in geographically remote locations or ideas for keeping urologists productive and happy as they move into their late 50’s and early 60’s? If you do, then there are projects at BAUS for you to be involved in. If this format for BAUS council appeals, then why not stand for election to be a regional representative in your area?
BAUS Workforce Data
Steve Payne is the BAUS Workforce Lead, working closely with Judith Mitchell in the BAUS Office. 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 included SAS doctor numbers in the Workforce Report and we will be piloting the collection of wider demographic data as we meet the challenges of building a specialty with a more diverse workforce. The latter is part of the numerous initiatives within the "widening participation" project at BAUS, led by Jo Cresswell and Susan Willis.