Message from the BSACI President
Dr Adam Fox
I’ve been actively involved with the society over the years
in various roles and am honoured to now be serving as BSACI President. My first
exposure to the BSACI was as a delegate at the Annual Meeting in Loughborough
in 2003. There were only around 200 attendees but it left a very big
impression. The meeting was highly academic but extremely welcoming and
collegiate so I was delighted in 2009 to be asked to be involved as Deputy
Meeting Secretary. After graduating to Meeting Secretary, I was elected
secretary for the society, before chairing the Paediatric Sub-committee. It is
an enormous honour to now have the opportunity to serve as President and I
would like to thank Shuaib Nasser for all his work over the past three years. Thinking
back to that first meeting left me reflecting on how far the society has come
during the 15 years of my involvement. This evolution has been a positive
journey of growth and increased inclusivity. The membership has grown exponentially
and will soon reach 1000 and includes a broad range of specialist and non-specialist
clinicians including a large cohort of nurses and dietitians as well as many
non-clinicians. This increased breadth of membership has been of great benefit
to the society and something I hope will continue to grow.
As I begin my new role, I am keen to develop a clear vision
of where the society should be at the end of my 3 year tenure and use this to
inform a strategy to achieve this. This will need a lot of input from all of us.
Having already spent time speaking to many members, there are 4 strategic
priorities which are already emerging.
The first is the importance of our ability to influence
effectively at different levels – governmentally, across the NHS and within our
membership with the ultimate aim of improving patient outcomes. We need to
explore the numerous ways we can extend and maximise our ability to influence
the events that impact on us. We face numerous challenges around training and
service provision, so a key priority will be the development of our
relationships with our partner organisations such as the Royal Colleges, NASG
and the Allergy charities. This will be key to our ability to bring about
Another area of increasing importance is education,
especially in primary care, where we are increasingly aware that the
overwhelming burden of allergic disease still resides. The opportunity to
expand specialist services in a time of unprecedented financial restraint is challenging
and hence improving allergy knowledge and services in primary care, and
integrating the way we work, will provide the greatest impact. I therefore plan
to explore the development of a national allergy education strategy, which I
hope will draw together the many other excellent initiatives and stakeholders around
allergy education and ensure a joined up approach to minimise duplication and
maximise the limited resources we have.
Finally, there is a need to think carefully and
strategically about the sustainability of our society. In many ways, whilst we
have grown significantly, our leadership structure remains broadly the same as
it did when I first became a member. With so many committed and talented
members I am keen to re-examine how we can draw on our best resource – our
members – to better support achieving our goals. Alongside this, we need to carefully consider
the way that we are funded and the many challenging issues that come with the
industry support we have relied on for many years and look forward to an open debate
Please feel free to raise any issues, concerns or ideas that
you have about the society and if you would like to be more involved, please
get in touch.
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