July 2022 Issue 7

Dear BSBMTCT member,

 

Hope you are survived the burst of warm weather and are getting some breaks from the workplace in the holiday season.

 

Just a shortish bulletin on this occasion, mainly to remind ourselves of key dates.

 

The next major meeting for your diaries will be our upcoming BSBMTCT events will be the BSBMTCT Education Day – Tuesday 1st November 2022, which will also be a Hybrid Event at Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT – The meeting website is now live and registrations are now open – https://collaborativeconferences.co.uk/bsbb-home/

 

Another date for the diary is the BSBMTCT Scientific Day 2023 to be held on Wednesday 17 May 2023, hopefully as an in-person meeting. Matt Collin, as our Scientific Secretary, is already on the case!

 

Commissioners’ report 2022 The 13th Commissioners report preparation is now underway, to be made available in late summer to members that have paid their annual subscription. Thank you to all members that have paid.

 

Covid-19 is certainly still with us and at high levels with the current variant. With BSBMTCT input, the NICE Covid-19 guidance NG164 for HSCT has been updated Overview | COVID-19 rapid guideline: haematopoietic stem cell transplantation | Guidance | NICE. As before, the NICE links closely with the more detailed BSBMTCT guidelines https://bsbmtct.org/bsbmtct-and-covid/ which are continually updated under the leadership of Ram Malladi.

 

Ruxolitinibcampaign’ – we are lobbying with Anthony Nolan and others to restore funded access to Ruxolitinib for graft-versus-host-disease – hopefully we will be able to regain the easy access supported during the pandemic to this valuable, evidence-based drug.

 

Otherwise the hard work at BSBMTCT continues across the Sub-committees and their outputs. Many thanks for all who returned the workforce surveys – Eleni Tholouli is doing a great job as Chair of the Workforce Sub-committee and will report back soon. Guidelines for vaccination, germline testing and cellular therapies are in evolution under the coordination of Andy Clark and others.

 

We will be sending out a survey soon to assess and promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) within BSBMTCT. Please complete it – it will be invaluable to the future of our Society, as well as meeting various requirements as a professional and charitable organisation.

 

Have a great rest of summer – until the next bulletin…

 

John Snowden, Kim Orchard, Fiona Dignan, Deborah Richardson, Eduardo Olavarria, & Julia Lee

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