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Important information about the BAPM Annual Meetings 2015!

Please note that we have changed the dates of the BAPM Annual General and Scientific Meetings next year having been alerted to the fact that they clash with ESPR (usually held in October).  The venues remain the same (Robinson College, Cambridge and Queen's College for the dinner) but the new dates are 5th and 6th November 2015.  Please make a note of these dates in your diaries.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

BAPM Working Group on Communications - members required        

In order to underpin the work on our strategy, BAPM is seeking to form a working group to review the Association's overall image and methods of communication. In particular, the group will look at the following:
1. Review/redesign the BAPM website – design, layout, and content
2. Review/update the BAPM logo and branding – flyers, letterhead, publications, etc.
3. Review all methods of communication with members and promotion of BAPM meetings
4. Other related work may also be undertaken where necessary
We are seeking representation on this group from all specialties. If you are interested in joining, please email the BAPM office with a short statement summarizing your background and interest. Please note that no specialist website or design skills are required but may be advantageous.
The deadline for responses is Friday 20 March 2015. This is a project we envisage taking up to 2 years. Face to face meetings will take place no more than 2-3 times per year in the first instance, with much of the work/communication being carried out via email/telephone.

Consultation on BAPM's future interaction with commercial organisations

As members will know, BAPM has now consulted on its 3 – 5 year strategy and implementation is in progress.  Part of the work identified to underpin the strategy was the development of a framework/policy on BAPM’s interaction with commercial organisations and, to this end, a working group (chaired by Dr Martin Ward Platt) was established which has produced some recommendations and a draft policy.  BAPM’s Executive Committee has discussed the document which is now on the Members' area of the website under Consultation and Response http://www.bapm.org/members/ and is ready for consultation with the membership.  We would encourage members to consider its content carefully as, if implemented, it would result in some major changes to the way BAPM currently interacts with commercial organisations.  Please respond using the form on the Members' area of the website and return it electronically to the BAPM Office by 5pm on 30 March 2015.

BAPM is very grateful to Dr Ward Platt and the working group members for the speed and efficiency with which they have produced this comprehensive document.

BAPM Travel Bursaries supported by Chiesi
Chiesi Ltd is the UK affiliate of an international pharmaceutical company which historically has provided support for a number of funded travel grants to attendees of the PAS and ESPR meetings.  This support comprised of an invitation package organised by Chiesi Ltd themselves. Chiesi Ltd has since taken the decision to ensure that any such support is seen to remain separate from any potential commercial considerations and BAPM has therefore been approached to manage this aspect with Chiesi Ltd no longer having input to the selection process.

BAPM believes this to be an excellent opportunity, which will allow all BAPM members to apply to be awarded a Chiesi Ltd funded travel bursary to attend either the PAS, ESPR or Hot Topics in Neonatology meetings.  In return, any member granted a Chiesi Ltd funded travel bursary will be expected to provide a summary of the meeting attended, which will be shared with the wider BAPM membership.

All members of BAPM are welcome to apply for a travel bursary.  To apply, please contact the BAPM office for an application form: bapm@rcpch.ac.uk    Please note that applications will not be considered unless they are submitted on the appropriate form.
Click here for full details regarding how to apply and the selection criteria.

The closing dates for receipt of applications are as follows:

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting (to be held from April 25-28th, San Diego) is 5pm on Friday 27th February 2015
ESPR (to be held from 16th-20th September 2015, Budapest) is 5pm on Tuesday 30th June 2015
Hot Topics in Neonatology meeting (December 2015, Washington) 5pm on Friday 30th October 2015.

For the avoidance of doubt, Chiesi neither seeks nor expects those successful candidates to purchase, prescribe, administer, recommend or supply any Chiesi medicinal product in connection with the funding here provided for.Chiesi Ltd is required to document and publically disclose certain transfers of value made to healthcare professionals, of which such travel bursaries are included. Details of this requirement will be communicated to successful applicants by CFS Events along with details of consent. Please note that if you do not provide your consent in respect of this engagement, your refusal will then apply for the whole year and Chiesi Ltd will not be able to disclose any other transfers of value made to you by Chiesi Ltd within the year. However, if you do not provide your consent Chiesi Ltd will still be required to disclose the information required by the ABPI Code of Practice but will do so on an anonymised, aggregated basis.

The Dunn Perinatal Library

The Dunn Perinatal Library was officially opened on the 18 January 2012 at the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health by Professor Peter Dunn. This library contains a unique archive of books and articles from Prof Dunn's personal collection which cover the development of paediatrics and perinatal medicine - it had been his vision for some 20 years to make these books available to members of BAPM and the RCPCH, and the Association is deeply grateful to Prof Dunn and his family for this generous donation, and to the RCPCH for providing the venue to house the collection.  The cataloguing of the books is currently in progress and it is hoped that the library will be available for use in the near future.

We want every pregnant woman, newly-delivered mother and baby to receive the most appropriate healthcare for their needs, where feasible in a setting of their and their partner’s choice and as close to home as possible.

We want to see a more structured, collaborative approach to caring for pregnant women, newly-delivered mothers and newborn babies where hospitals, clinicians and other health professionals work closely together, formally and informally, to provide the safest and most effective service for mothers and babies.

The Aim
Our aim is to support newborn babies and their families by providing services that help all those involved in perinatal practice to improve the standards of perinatal care in the British Isles.

The Values
We believe that it is in the best interests of our members, their patients and families that we maintain high standards of integrity, service, quality and value and encourage an environment of trust.

We believe that people are individuals and should be treated with dignity and respect. Our members and other health professionals, their patients and families should expect that individuality and diversity are recognised and valued.

The Objectives
Publishing standards and providing guidance on good management
and care

  • Providing postgraduate education meetings throughout the year
  • Facilitating clinical trials and other research
  • Advising on training and education in perinatal practice
  • Providing advice to Government and other professional bodies on developing and improving perinatal care
  • Raising awareness of and proactively influencing the policy environment in which perinatal care is delivered
  • Auditing and monitoring the outcome, structure and function of perinatal care for babies and their families
  • Fostering fellowship and collaboration among those involved in the care of the pregnant woman, mother and baby

Gift Aid Declaration
By completing a Gift Aid Declaration members can enable BAPM to reclaim tax on their subscriptions. Existing members who have not completed a Declaration can download the form here.

Giving Through Self Assessment
The Inland Revenue have introduced a new method for individuals to give to charity. You can choose that any tax repayments due to you following self-assessment are paid to a charity of your choice. The charity must have an Inland Revenue code number, which will be listed on the Inland Revenue website. If you wish to nominate BAPM for any tax repayments due to you on your next self-assessment, BAPM's code number is VAL44BG. This new scheme does not replace Gift Aid but is additional to it.

Members should inform the Membership & Finance Assistant of any changes to their contact information.

Office: 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH
Email: bapm@rcpch.ac.uk

Diary dates

28 April 2015
Neonatal Update for All
RCPCH Conference
ICC, Birmingham

5 & 6 November 2015
BAPM Annual General & Scientific Meetings, Robinson College, Cambridge

15 & 16 September 2016
BAPM Annual General & Scientific Meetings, Watershed, Bristol

Supporting companies

BAPM would like to thank the following companies for the support they give towards its activities.

The commercial arrangements between BAPM and these companies do not constitute endorsement of their products.

Orphan Europe