To all our BNMS Members,
We want to thank you so much for your support.
YOUR membership has allowed us to achieve so much this year
In 2016 the BNMS has:
* Helped collect valuable workforce data for our members to use by launching the third wave of the BNMS Workforce Survey. This now includes Radiopharmacy departments.
* Supported delegates from developing countries to attend the International Conference on Integrated Medical Imaging in Cardiovascular Diseases organised by the IAEA. We did this, along with other national societies, by nominating and supporting the attendance of speakers to help save them money.
* Held two successful scientific meetings with excellent feedback from delegates on their content and usefulness, and the highest delegate numbers since 2008.
* Celebrated 50 years of the BNMS at the Annual Meeting in Birmingham.
* Launched the second wave of the UK&I DaTSCAN Audit to help support effective reporting of these studies
* Actively engaged with enerator suppliers in order to provide continual information about the shortages in supply of medical radioisotopes
* Introduced a student membership category to engage with full time students.
* Supported regional nuclear medicine meetings through promotion and CPD application, including the North Thames Regional Meeting, the South Thames Regional Meeting and the 99m Tc DPD Scintigraphy Workshop
* Launched a donations scheme. The money raised will help us support the science of Nuclear Medicine and raise the profile of nuclear medicine research and development.
* Attended Royal College of Physicians Medical Careers Day in London and Glasgow to promote Nuclear Medicine as a career option and to represent the Speciality.
* Represented the Society at the EANM 2016 meeting in Barcelona in order to keep up to date with current developments and to network with Nuclear Medicine colleagues from elsewhere in Europe.
* Helped to maintain standards in Nuclear Medicine – we successfully performed organisational audit of a nuclear medicine department.
* Supported our members in applications for Clinical Excellence Awards
* Embraced Social Media and have 470 and rising followers on Twitter
* Membership numbers are up by 3 – 4%
* Joint BNMS/BIR 5th Annual SPECT/CT Symposium in London, February 2016
* BNMS 50th Anniversary Meeting, Birmingham April 2016
* BNMS Autumn Meeting 2016, Bath September 2016
BNMS has represented its members
* Science and Technology Committee inquiry on Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for Science and Research.
* Contributing to guideline development with NICE, topics include: Quality Standard for Skin Cancer, Call for Evidence on Diagnostic Services Consultation, NICE MTA Re-scope response relating to Support for Removal of Lanreotide Consultation on draft Guideline on: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
* Consultation on Draft revised MSC PTP BSc (Hons) Curricula
* Developing the 2017/18 to 2018/19 National Tariff
* Challenged and assisted in the redevelopment of the RCR Hybrid Imaging Statement
* Developed guidelines on Scientific Support for Nuclear Medicine.
The Clinical Practitioners’ Group became the BNMS Radiographers, Technologists and Nurses Group - this name more accurately embraces the diverse workforce that make up our numbers and will, hopefully, be recognised by Radiographers, Technologists & Nurses alike as representative of them.
Significant work on coding with National Casemix Office at the Health & Social Care Information Centre, developing new HRGs. Working with a small group to review and revise all the national coding/costing for nuclear medicine in the UK. This has resulted in new HRG’s being created which more closely reflect the work involved in the studies and should therefore hopefully be reimbursed more accurately than previously.
International and National Representation
High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR)
The BNMS, Represented by Prof Alan Perkins continues to work with the High-Level Group on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes (HLG-MR) through the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, now on its fourth wave.
BNMS representatives’ also sit on the following committees:
BIR Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Committee - BMS CCSC Radiology Sub-Committee - College of Radiographers Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group - Health and Social Care Information Centre - Environment Agency Small User liaison Group - EANM Delegates Assembly - EANM Drug Development Committee - Intercollegiate Standing Committee on Nuclear Medicine - IPEM Nuclear Medicine Special Interest Group - Royal College of Radiologists Radionuclide Sub-Committee – Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board Specialist Advisory Committee in Nuclear Medicine - Society for Radiological Protection – Section of Nuclear Medicine of the European Union of Medical Specialists and European Board of Nuclear Medicine - World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology - RCP Working group on Specialty Revalidation - Health Research Authority Radiation Working Group - Molecular radiotherapy subgroup of the radiotherapy CRG-NHSE Cancer Diagnosis Clinical Reference Group-Royal College of Physicians Expert Advisory Group on Commissioning-European Association of Nuclear Medicine Task Force on New Clinical Trial Regulation-European Commission Working group for Radiation Protection EU directive BSS-UK/India Network on Safety of Radiological Sources-National Institute for Health Research Clinical Reference Steering Group-British Thoracic Society Quality Standards Group-National School of Healthcare Science Physical Sciences Themed Board
The New Scientific and Education Committee
The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) established the combined Scientific Committee and Education Committee in 2016
* The mandate of the Scientific and Education Committee is to develop an education and scientific programme, nominate invited speakers and the chairs of sessions.
* The remit of this committee is to provide resources and encourage the provision of education and training to support Continuing Professional Development/Continuous Medical Education and work towards revalidation. The Education Committee is Multidisciplinary, consisting of Nuclear Medicine Physicians, Clinical Practioners, Physicists, Nurses and Radiopharmacists.
* The co-Chairs of the BNMS Scientific and Education Committee are Dr Sabina Dizdarevic and Dr Stewart Redman.
Without the support of our members and dedicated volunteers we wouldn't have been able to accomplish all that we have.
Thank you once again for all your support, dedication and enthusiasm for maintaining the voice and profile of nuclear medicine in the UK and abroad.
Student Prize winners have now been announced!
Congratulations to the following:
1st Prize £300 Anika Sharmila Oral abstract 24
'Does measurement of tumour shape in 18F-FDG PET scans of lung cancer improve predictive and prognostic assessment?'
2nd Prize £200 Islam Mostafa Oral abstract 25
'Are texture analysis parameters dependent on volume in 18F-FDG PET/CT?'
3rd Prize £100 Numan Dawood Oral abstract 57
'Radionuclide depth estimation using a novel SFOV hybrid gamma-optical camera with an anthropomorphic breast phantom'
Instructions for authors here
When submitting abstracts you can also apply for one of the following:
Young Investigators Prize - The BNMS are keen to promote research in the field of Nuclear Medicine and especially to encourage those beginning a career in Nuclear Medicine in one of its many aspects. The Prize is £500 For more information click here
Student Prize Competition - This prize is open to undergraduate medical students, undergraduate and Grade A trainee physicists, undergraduate and pre-registration pharmacists, undergraduate radiographers, trainee technologists and student nurses. For more information click here
NEW KEY DATES
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE 2ND FEBRUARY 2017
ACCEPTANCE/REJECTION RESULTS 25TH FEBRUARY 2017
REGISTRATION OF ACCEPTED AUTHORS DEADLINE 7TH MARCH 2017
In a similar guise to those published last year for the 50th Anniversary Spring Meeting 2016, the BNMS is currently in process of publishing a series of PET-CT Pocket Books.
Last year the books included:
Plus the Official anniversary book - A History of Radionuclide Studies in the UK
This year the pocket books will be dedicated to some of our recently departed peers, including Prof Ignac Fogelman, Dr Muriel Buxton-Thomas and Prof Ajit K Padhy.
Publishing dates are yet to be announced.