The new issue of Column & Cord will be launched at BASS 2022 and is published on behalf of BASS by Open Box Media and Communications Ltd, the publishers of the BOA’s Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics. The next edition will be published in March 2022 and:
Will be hosted on the BASS website as well as its own unique website www.columnandcord.com. The BASS website gets around 13,000-17,000 unique page views a month
Everyone who attends BASS 2022 in Belfast will receive a print copy of Column&Cord distributed at the event.
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available in this edition, and discounts are available for confirmed exhibitors at the BASS 2022 conference.
For more information, please download the Media Pack and Order Form
For all advertising, sponsorship, or general enquiries please contact:Mandy Boyle, Media Manager, Open Box M&C
+44 (0)121 200 7820 | e. firstname.lastname@example.org
The BASS Trainee Collaborative (2021-2022) would like to invite you to take part in our survey-based project relating to the management of Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures (MoVe Com).
Current guidance from NICE states that percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty without stenting (Cement Augmentation techniques) are recommended as options for treating osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures in people who have severe ongoing pain after a recent, unhealed vertebral fracture despite optimal non-invasive pain management options and in whom the pain has been confirmed to be at the level of the fracture by physical examination and imaging.
If your unit regularly reviews patients following vertebral compression fractures, then you are eligible to take part.
We are encouraging trainees to take part and sign up as trainee collaborators. If your trainee would like to be involved please ask them to register themselves by emailing our BASS Medical Student representative on email@example.com. The trainee collaborator shall be responsible for collecting the survey responses from the spinal surgeons working within your unit. Each collaborator will receive collaborator status with each subsequent presentation or publication from this project.
Those spinal surgeon consultants who would like to complete the survey directly, please access the link here: https://forms.gle/cFWyFpmU5zphqnGr7
We hope you will join us in making this collaborative research project a great success.
BASS Trainee Collaborative (2021-2022)
MoVe Com Leaflet
Rules of Engagement
Management Survey Toolkit
Registration for BASS 2022 has now opened with a variety of ticket types for you to attend. Not only are there standard and discounted rates for the main conference (23-25 March), there is also a Spinal Masterclass on 22 March and we are also hosting the National Backpain Pathway - Clinical Network Annual Meeting which will be of interest to many of our attendees.
We have also guaranteed no price increases from our previous meeting, along with subsidised rates for our members and some professions.
Early-Bird rates are also available on many ticket types until 9 February 2022 - so don't delay, register today!!
Visit our registration portal at: https://cvent.me/RRBvM0
We will be posting more about our programme, speakers and networking opportunities in the coming months by email to all members, and on our Twitter (@BASSspine) so please do follow us so you don't miss out on any announcements!
BASS 2022 is taking place at the ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland on 23-25 March 2022
and we are now accepting abstract submissions for presentation at the conference as either oral or poster presentations.
Deadline for submissions will be MIDDAY on Wednesday 5th January 2021
To submit your abstract(s), visit our dedicated submission portal: https://flame.firebird.systems/archer-yates/BASS2022/MySubmissions
After the deadline closes, abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges and we hope to notify all submitters within a month of the closure of submissions.
If you have any questions, queries or issues with submitting abstracts then please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our administrative support at email@example.com
For more information on the conference, visit https://spinesurgeons.ac.uk/BASS2022 and follow us on Twitter (@BASSspine) for further updates.
We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Belfast in March 2022!
To Register for BASS Boot Camp – visit our registration page: https://bassbootcamp2021.eventbrite.co.uk
The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) will be holding their annual Boot Camp, 10-11 September 2021. A fantastic opportunity to prepare Senior Trainees and Fellows for life as a Consultant Spinal Surgeon.
Meet your fellow trainees (Ortho and Neuro) for networking and team building
Registration Fee - £100.00
Fee includes Accommodation and Meals (travel is not covered)
Organiser and Faculty Contact:
Mr Rajat Verma - BASS Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr David Cumming - BASS President - email@example.com
We are delighted to present our first Great debate. This will take place every second month and will be a Consultant led and moderated debate on topics all around Spinal surgery.
This month we have a fantastic faculty that will be debating the use of Cervical Disc Replacements vs Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. We will be using some cases to illustrate the pathology targeted but the debate will be focused on indications, pitfalls and results of the techniques.
This webinar is free for all members of UK spine societies - register now at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6Jhxo8oZRZWFpe-oux8Avg
Mr Rajat Verma (BSS / BASS Education Lead)
Mr Rohit Shetty (BASS)
Mr Alex Goubran (BASS Trainee Rep)
- Mr Aparjay Golash (BASS / Preston)
- Mr Irfan Siddique (BASS / Salford)
Moderator: Mr David Cumming (BASS President)
Whilst aimed at post-CCT fellows, consultants, registrars and doctors from other grades are welcome to join. A certificate of attendance will be provided on receipt of a completed feedback form.
The event is free to attend and open to non-members to join. Please share with your colleagues and trainees.
For those unable to attend, or wish to review the content again at a later stage, the webinar will be recorded and posted onto the BASS website, within the members section.
Details of how to become a BASS member can be found here: https://spinesurgeons.ac.uk/Member-Benefits
Applications close on 25th July 2021 2nd August 2021
The BASS executive trainee subcommittee are looking to appoint enthusiastic, engaged and forward thinking trainees of any level to our team. We will be looking on taking more of a role in education, research, quality improvement and most importantly improving the pathway for all future Spinal surgeons at a time when training has been so badly effected by the pandemic. We want to work as a close knit collaborative over the next 18 months to 2 years and in that time engage and close the community between Spinal surgery trainees and Consultants alike. We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your application.
Apply here: https://forms.gle/v4CSVAzZn2tJiQSP7
For further information on BASS and the work of the subcommittee, please visit www.spinesurgeons.ac.uk
Recording of a live webinar from evening of Thursday 10th June 2021: https://youtu.be/Hj9nH-wK53M
David Sellu is a colorectal surgeon based in London, who was unfairly convicted of killing a patient in 2010, who died of complication of emergency bowel surgery. As a consequence, he spent almost 2 years in prison before he was released and able to launch an appeal that overturned his conviction. He has since written a book, describing his experiences and also his pathway into medicine, from very humble beginnings in Sierra Leone, Africa. His story is truly a fascinating one, and has a lesson as well as inspiration for all surgeons.
Dear BASS and BSS Members,
The 2022 BOA Future Leaders Programme (FLP) has launched and applications are now open.
Both the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will be sponsoring one fellow each for the 2022 FLP. These two places are only open to members of BASS and BSS. Applications will close on 6th September 2021.
To be eligible to take part in the programme, when the programme runs, you must be either:
• A senior trainee (ST8 or above)
• A newly appointed consultant (less than 3 years)
• An SAS Surgeon (FRCS Tr & Orth)
• A post-CCT Surgeon
The successful candidate must also be a BOA member when the programme runs to be eligible to take part.
BASS and BSS will have panels to select the successful candidate for these society-funded places. All applications will be anonymised by the BOA to reduce the potential for unconscious bias.
Please download the Main BOA Future Leaders Programme application form, provide your CV and complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. Send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the FLP and how to apply is on the BOA website at boa.ac.uk/flp
Are you completing a research project or data collection exercise you want to have a wider reach with your peers and colleagues?
BASS have some options available for survey distributions:
- Anyone can request a survey distribution to go BASS members by email via the UKSSB Newsletter. To access the request form and for more information, visit: https://www.ukssb.com/survey-distributions
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