Movember.com is a charity that funds projects to improve Men’s Health: Mental Health, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer.
Please join the UK Spine Surgeons Team and our Captain Paul Thorpe and/or donate to the Team: https://movember.com/t/uk-spine-surgeons-1.
If a "Mo" is not for you then you can join us and raise money in other ways:
Some may have already started but for those who haven’t... START YOUR MO TODAY
Team members can submit photos by the end of the month to firstname.lastname@example.org and prizes will be awarded for "Best Mo", "Top Fundraiser", "Lame Mo" (worst moustache but the best effort) and "Best Mo Sister".
There will also be a Team photo at the BSS meeting in Liverpool!
The only thing Mo Sistas can’t do is Grow (for obvious reasons) but if you would like to support the Team, You can purchase a Mo Sista or Mo Supporter Badge (£2) or T shirt (£10) at BSS Liverpool
All proceeds go to the UK Spine Surgeons team
To buy merchandise - Pay at BSS2023 in Liverpool or use this PayPal link and collect your badge/Tee at BSS Liverpool : https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8YNZlBbYuQ
Clinicians, nurses, AHPs working across the patient pathway can view and bookmark the new, easy-to-navigate format: https://girft-interactivepathways.org.uk/
GIRFT spinal services clinical lead Mike Hutton and content development manager Polly Hyde have worked with a range of stakeholders* on the new interactive version of our existing pathway, which can be used and bookmarked on all handheld and desktop devices in a range of care settings.
The easy-to-navigate, web-based tool is designed for use by clinicians, nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) at every stage of the CES patient pathway, from GP presentation to post-operative care. It guides users through examples of the processes and key decisions they should work through for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients in their care.
Mike said: “Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) can be devastating to a patient’s quality of life if the condition is not managed in a time efficient manner. Our interactive pathway means clinical teams can see best practice for diagnosis and treatment at the click of a button on their phone or device, which can aid timely decision making in a period when time is most critical.” More info: https://bit.ly/3Qi06Dp
GIRFT would like to give thanks to the organisations who have collaborated on, reviewed and co-badged this pathway every step of the way:
British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), National Spine Network (NSN), The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), Cauda Equina Champions Charity, Spinal Injuries Association, British Society of Skeletal Radiologists (BSSR)
For further information and to register, visit: http://womeninspine2023.eventbrite.co.uk
Fee: £50.00 (includes accommodation and dinner)Registration ends on week before the event
The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Bournemouth International Centre in March 2024!
We welcome abstract submissions from both members and non-members on a variety of topics, including: Cervical degenerative, Commissioning, Governance & Patient Pathways, Deformity, Infection, Innovation, Intradural, Lumbar degenerative, Spinal Injuries, Trauma, Tumour and Misc/Other
Visit the BASS2024 submission portal at: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/6675/submitter
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 20th December 2023
All completed abstracts will be considered for either an oral 5-minute podium presentation or a poster presentation for the conference, which will be taking place in Bournemouth as a face-to-face meeting.
There unfortunately will be no options for virtual presentations.
A panel will review submitted abstracts in the weeks after deadline closure, and we will communicate by email to all submitters as soon as possible when decisions have been made, and we will ask for submitters to confirm any offers for presentation made.
If you have any questions, queries or issues with submitting abstracts then please contact us by email at email@example.com
For more information on the conference, including registration, sponsorship and exhibition, visit https://spinesurgeons.ac.uk/BASS2024 and follow us on Twitter/X (@BASSspine) for further updates.
We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Bournemouth in March 2024!
Registration for BASS 2024 will be opening in the coming months
We will be notifying members by email and publicly on Twitter/X when this occurs.
The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will be sponsoring one place each on this round of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Future Leaders Programme (FLP)
This places are only open to members of BASS or BSS, and applications will close next Tuesday 6th June 2023.
To be eligible to take part in the programme, when the programme runs, you must be either:
Register at www.BritSpine.com - discounts for BASS members!
A new pathway helping clinicians to better diagnose and care for patients with suspected Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is now available from the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) team.
GIRFT worked collaboratively a multidisciplinary group of more than 60 healthcare professionals to develop the interactive pathway, designed to support teams to diagnose and treat the condition without delay. It offers best practice along all stages of the pathway, from presentation to GP or in the community through to post-operative care. It is supported by detailed guidance, including best practice for referrals and imaging, surgical techniques and pain control.
The resources were developed in collaboration with the former Best MSK Health improvement programme and are co-badged by 11 professional bodies, including BASS, NSN, BOA and SBNS.
GIRFT is running a webinar on 2nd March 2023 (1pm-2.15pm) to discuss the stages of the pathway and to allow clinicians to ask questions. Register now.
Applications are invited for the 2023 Presidents' Travelling Fellowship
Deadline: Tuesday 31st January 2023
The British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) offer senior residents, spinal fellows and consultants within two years of their appointment a chance to have extensive exposure to complex spinal procedures at established spinal units over 2 weeks.
The Fellowship programme includes mandatory attendance at the following spine meeting, which will be BritSpine 2023 in Glasgow, 18-20 April 2023. The programme rotates between established orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal centres allowing significant contact between fellows and leaders in the field.
The Fellowship will take place between 20th and 31th March 2023. The Fellowship will rotate around centres in the UK (Centres proposed include Ipswich, Norwich, Newcastle and Sheffield - subject to change). Successful fellows will then attend BritSpine 2023 in Glasgow to present as a group on their Fellowship.
Further details can be obtained from Mr David Cumming (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr Ashley Cole (email@example.com)
Application Process:To apply, please submit the following documents:
Your application should be sent to UKSSB@boa.ac.uk by Tuesday 31st January 2023. (only Word or PDF file formats accepted)
Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the BASS and BSS Executives. All candidates will be informed of the decisions after the application deadline.
Eligibility Criteria:(For further criteria, please refer to person specification here)
Details of The 2023 Fellowship:
The BASS trainee committee would like to invite you to participate in the National Study - CSF Leak Incidence and Plan - CLIP Study.
The CLIP study is our new national prospective, multicentred, trainee-Initiative study. Building on the success of the MoveCom study we wish to create a model whereby the BASS members can collaborate to create a substantial work of research to answer clinically relevant and important questions.
Please find details about the CLIP study below:
Name: CLIP - CSF Leak Incidence and Plan
Type of Study: National, prospective, observational study.
Aims: To assess current practice regarding managing dural tears throughout centres in terms of immediate surgical treatment, imaging and management within neurosurgical and orthopaedic units
Study duration: 6 months, data collection to commence Jan 2023
Benefit for collaborators: All collaborators and data collectors shall be recognised with collaborator status / collaborative authorship on any presentation or publication
All collaborators that sign up will receive a toolkit regarding the study providing future information. We are very excited to share this opportunity with you - our BASS members. We hope you will join us in making this a successful collaborative project. Please use the registration link below to join our study group.
Registration form: https://forms.gle/YEt7jr6923gv6qe27
CLIP Study Team - clipstudyBASS@gmail.com
BASS Trainee Committee
The British Scoliosis Society (BSS) and The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), in conjunction with Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK), are pleased to announce a new, two year, research fellowship.
This research fellowship of up to £60k is funded between the three organisations for a period of 2 years. This will require a leave of absence from clinical roles and / or training with agreement of employers or training programme directors.
It is aimed at individuals with an interest in research in to any spinal area. It is open for applications to any individual who is already a member of either BSS or BASS, or would be eligible to apply for full membership commensurate to their seniority within their professional group. To be clear, this includes allied health professionals (AHPs) and nurses along with medical doctors (consultants and trainees).
It is envisioned that this role will be full time and will result in the awarding of an MD, or equivalent higher degree, in partnership with a UK university, along with high impact papers in recognised journals.
Applications will be a single stage process with those successful invited for interview. The role is planned to commence in August 2023.
Applications will be judged on the research idea presented, the prospective research fellow and their ability to deliver the research, and the supporting mentors / supervision team.
Closing date for applications is on Friday, 17 February 2023 at 17:00
Further information and application can be found at: https://oruk.org/research/joint-partnership-funds/
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