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Surveys & Consultations
Surveys and Consultations

Since the BNMS postponed collecting data for the BNMS Workforce Survey in 2018, we have been working hard on extracting data from previous years' surveys and developing a new method to collect the appropriate data from Nuclear Medicine departments in the future.

The lead on the Workforce Survey, Mr Andy Irwin gave a presentation on the Workforce Survey results so far at our Spring Meeting in 2019, take a look here

Please bear with us whilst we finalise how we collect data for the next survey, we will be back in touch with departmental contacts in September!

In responding to requests from commissioning groups, government departments, industry, researchers, specialist societies, the media, training authorities and our own core strategy, it is vital that we as the specialist society in Nuclear Medicine are able to produce meaningful and correct data.

The importance of holding such data is illustrated by the shortages in the supply chain for 99mTc and also in the case of the enforcement of the patent for the use of Dotatate. Information to approach key individuals in government was difficult to obtain and our hope is that the BNMS survey will afford us an accessible source of accurate data both for imaging, non-imaging diagnostics and for therapy involving radioisotopes.

It is very important that the survey is completed by as many Nuclear Medicine/Radiopharmacy departments as possible, so that the growing pressures to deliver more output but with less resources can be monitored in a consistent way.

The value of having good quality and accurate data cannot be underestimated and this information (or the lack of it) influences decisions regarding manpower and resources.

To help us make this run as smoothly as possible, please keep us informed of any changes to your departmental contacts or if you think your department hasn't been contacted by emailing Caroline Oxley .

To ensure you are aware of how your data will be used/stored please refer to our privacy policy.

The below presentation was presented at the Spring Meeting 2017 by Mr Paul Hinton Click to view the presentation

The BNMS aims to have a designated departmental lead in every Nuclear Medicine department in Britain.

One of the reasons for this is to ensure the BNMS can capture data from all over the country for the BNMS Workforce Survey. For more information on the survey see here

By being our departmental lead, YOU can help us make sure the survey represents an accurate snapshot of the status of Nuclear Medicine in Britain.

As we launch the current wave of the BNMS national survey we are indebted to you for your help in entering data about your department including staff grades, types and age of cameras, imaging and non-imaging tests and therapy using Nuclear Medicine. We appreciate this will take time to enter the data, but our hope is that once the data is entered for your site the first time, all that will be required in the future is periodic updating. Last year we had a great response rate of over 50%, we hope to increase this even more this year!

The BNMS is grateful to you for your help as a contact for your site in collecting and maintaining data for the BNMS National Survey of Nuclear Medicine.

If you wish to sign up to be a departmental contact or would like to know who your departmental contact is, please contact carolineoxley@bnms.org.uk

Surveying the BNMS Membership
The British Nuclear Medicine Society is keen to help facilitate and support those who want to carry out surveys of the membership to obtain information that will ultimately be of benefit to our members or the broader nuclear medicine community. Wherever possible the BNMS will support requests for surveys, however all surveys must undergo the review process which may take up to 12 weeks.
Survey Eligibility
Any proposed survey of the full membership, including those surveys developed by Committees on behalf of the BNMS, will require the following before dissemination:
• They must be requesting meaningful information and the aims must be achievable.
• Surveys must be in line with and advance the strategic goals of the Society.
• Review and recommendation from the Committees who support the need for the survey.
• The chair of the Committee must give confirmation that the survey has been reviewed by the committee and there is agreement that it warrants circulation to full membership.
• Review and approval by the Council.
Survey Distribution
• Surveys will not be circulated to the full membership via e-mail.
• The BNMS will administer the electronic distribution of questionnaires via the monthly Wavelength members’ newsletter and/or a link on the BNMS website that takes the member to the survey website and, where agreed, send out further reminders.
• Timing of survey release is at the discretion of the Officers and CEO to prevent or reduce the release of multiple member requests at any given time.
• Officers and the CEO may be consulted regarding potential conflicts in timing of release with other member requests before survey release.
Survey Results
• Results of a survey may not be recognized as a response on behalf of the Society on any specific topic.
• Everyone carrying out a survey of BNMS members will be required to provide a report detailing response rates and outcomes from the survey including how the information was disseminated.
• Results and data from surveys circulated to BNMS members must be shared with BNMS and if appropriate a summary provided to members.
• A summary of all surveys accepted for distribution will be published on our website.
The BNMS will not:
• Share personal contact information
• Send out surveys on behalf of commercial companies.
• Send out postal questionnaires
• Provide address labels
For further information or to discuss a survey proposal please contact info@bnms.org.uk
External survey proposals should include: title of study, background, aims and objectives, survey population, expected outcome and a data protection policy covering all data that will be collected.
BNMS Annual Surveys
The BNMS circulates the following surveys annually via email to members and delegates at our meetings:
The BNMS Workforce Survey
The BNMS workforce survey is sent to department leads (BNMS members where possible) annually in October reminders are sent out periodically until the deadline at the end of March.
The BNMS Annual Meetings and Membership Survey
This is sent by email to all members between the Spring and Autumn meetings. Annual Meeting Feedback Surveys
These are circulated via email to delegates and industry partners attending our Annual Spring and Autumn Meetings and any ad-hoc meetings.
Updated 3 May 2018

 

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