What's new in the BAPM?
BAPM Annual General Meeting 2014 and afternoon session on strategy
As members will be aware, the format of the BAPM Annual Meeting has changed this year as the scientific part of the meeting was replaced by ‘Perinatal Medicine 2014’ held recently in Harrogate. Our constitution requires us to hold a Annual General Meeting and this will be held on 26 September at the RCPCH. The AGM will take place in the morning as usual and will be followed after lunch by a session on BAPM’s strategy over the next 3 - 5 years. This AGM also marks the end of Bryan Gill’s tenure as BAPM’s President and he will hand over the reins to Alan Fenton.
The afternoon session will provide an update on the work which resulted from an Executive Committee awayday held in February 2013 and was subsequently presented to members at the meeting in Liverpool last September. Three main areas of focus were agreed, these being measuring quality in neonatal care, family engagement and promoting research and academic excellence. Further details about the afternoon programme will follow but please put this date in your diaries now.
We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend and contribute to the discussion about the future work of BAPM. We need and value the input of our members as we move forward with this important work. As this meeting is effectively an ‘extra’ in the BAPM calendar of events, we have kept costs to a minimum and the fee for attending will be £20 to cover lunch and refreshments.
Please print and complete the booking form to register your attendance and return it to the BAPM Office, 5 – 11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH.
RCPCH conference 2015
The RCPCH conference next year will again be held in Birmingham from 28 – 30 April 2015. Abstract submission will open on 18 August and close on 3 December and further details about the abstract submission process and programme planning will follow.
BAPM Travel Bursaries supported by Chiesi
Chiesi Ltd is the UK affiliate of an international pharmaceutical company who 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 themselves. Chiesi have taken the decision to ensure that the selection process for this type of support evolves to reflect the increasing requirements and to ensure such support is seen to remain separate from any potential commercial considerations. BAPM has therefore agreed to manage this aspect with Chiesi 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 travel bursary to the PAS, Würzburg or ESPR meetings. In return, any member granted a Chiesi funded travel bursary will be expected to provide a summary of the meeting attended, which will be shared with the wider BAPM membership. Details regarding the next round of applications will be posted on the website in due course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Publishing standards and providing guidance on good management
- 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
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