Message from the BSACI President
Stepping into the role of BSACI president has allowed me to assess the many accomplishments of this society over the past 10-15 years. BSACI has grown considerably in both size and influence. The website is fully established and functional and acts as a valuable source of news on upcoming events, the achievements of members, and also educational initiatives. It also acts as a repository for clinical guidelines which have raised the standard of clinical care and are accessed frequently in the UK and abroad.
The SpR training programme has been running successfully for several years although participation could be improved. Regional primary care education is important if we are to improve grass-roots knowledge. In 2015 BSACI approved and partly funded seven symposia, bringing the total number supported by the BSACI since the scheme started to 37. The society’s journal, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, continues to thrive and will now be delivered online rather than by mail. Our newsletter, Allergy Update will continue to be produced in hard copy and remains a must-read for our members. Our annual meeting again achieved good attendance and we aim to make improvements each year by reviewing the feedback, location, and organisation to ensure that it works for our members. However there was a distinct lack of primary care participation. I am keen to make primary care allergy education a focus of my presidency. For the first time in many years there have been reduced numbers of junior doctors applying for allergy SpR NTNs and it would be helpful to understand the reasons for this. Therefore BSACI will shortly be sending out a survey to allergy consultants and SpRs to help us understand why they chose allergy as a career and to identify potential impediments.
Dr Shuaib Nasser
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