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  • 06/12/2022 15:17 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

    Best wishes,
    CLIP Study Team - clipstudyBASS@gmail.com
    BASS Trainee Committee

  • 23/11/2022 18:50 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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/

  • 01/08/2022 13:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2023 BOA Future Leaders Programme (FLP) has launched and applications are now open.

    BASS will be sponsoring one fellow on the 2023 FLP. This place is only open to members of BASS, and applications will close on 5th September 2022.

    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 be a BOA member when the programme runs to be eligible to take part (you may still apply without BOA membership, but will need to apply if successful. You must be a BASS member upon application)

    BASS will have an executive board panel assessment to select the successful candidate. All applications will be anonymised 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 policy@boa.ac.uk

    More information on the FLP and how to apply is on the BOA website at boa.ac.uk/flp and www.boa.ac.uk/learning-and-events/courses/boa-future-leaders-programme/how-to-apply.html

  • 28/07/2022 11:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tickets are LIMITED Register today to avoid disappointment!

    Please visit our dedicated registration portal for further details including the full programme and how to register: womeninspine.eventbrite.co.uk

  • 24/05/2022 14:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SBNS 2022 Conference - Blackpool

    27-30 September 2022Combined BASS sessions


    Abstracts submissions welcome

    Deadline for Abstracts to SBNS: 8 June 2022 at 5pm

    The first combined BASS and SBNS meeting will take place on 27th and 28th of September at Blackpool.

    We wish to encourage the submission of abstracts for this exciting meeting which will provide a unique platform for closer integration and networking of the spinal surgeons between the two specialities.

    Tuesday afternoon session will have a theme, "learning from complications" based on various topics. Wednesday morning will have lifelong learning session on Spinal topics of common interest to both specialities.

    We encourage all, including BASS members (both Neuro and Ortho) to submit abstracts via the Abstract Portal, and to register to attend this combined conference.

    The details of this meeting, including registration can be found here: https://www.sbns.org.uk/index.php/conferences/blackpool-2022/

  • 12/01/2022 17:08 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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:

    • Available in print and online, the Journal will give comprehensive coverage of abstracts and original articles from the BASS and BritSpine meetings
    • Distributed to all BASS members, and members of all constituent societies of the UKSSB, along with social media promotion
    • 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. mandy@ob-mc.co.uk

  • 10/11/2021 13:39 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    The study aims to assess current practice in terms of use of non-invasive management technique options and use of cement augmentation techniques within your unit.

    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 annielaw96@outlook.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.
    Many thanks
    BASS Trainee Collaborative (2021-2022)

    Document Links:

    MoVe Com Leaflet

    Rules of Engagement

    Management Survey Toolkit

    Collaborator Instructions

  • 05/11/2021 14:01 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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!

  • 29/09/2021 16:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 abstracts@spinesurgeons.ac.uk or our administrative support at ukssb@boa.ac.uk

    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!

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