British Paediatric Surveillance Unit (BPSU) is recruiting a member to its Scientific Committee. The BPSU is keen to ensure that the Scientific Committee is representative of the paediatric workforce and draws of the range of skills and expertise available from clinicians throughout UK and from across specialties.
About the role
The Scientific Committee is responsible for providing reviewing, approving, and advising applications from investigators, including the design and conduct of studies and guiding and monitoring the operation of the reporting system.
The main responsibility of the Committee Member will be to attend and support the Scientific Committee. This includes peer review, methodological contribution to and approval of study applications, selection of the annual Sir Peter Tizard Bursary awards, contribution to the working of the committee and promotion of the aims and objectives of the BPSU.
Five or six meetings are held each year, which are, at present, being held virtually, but with an expectation that up to half may be held in person at the College within the next 12 months. The expectation is that committee members will attend at least 60% of meetings.
Deadline extended: 23 August.
The BPSU has been in existence since 1986 with a remit to facilitate epidemiological research and surveillance of rare/uncommon paediatric diseases and conditions. Over its 35+ year existence, BPSU studies have encompassed just about every paediatric specialty, including some for which the primary consultant group are not members of the college, such as recent studies of Kawasaki disease (cardiology) and button battery ingestion (surgery).
Over the past year, the BPSU has been at the forefront of rapidly responding to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, with a snap-shot survey of delayed presentation, and surveillance on both neonatal complications of coronavirus disease and the PIMS-TS multisystem inflammatory syndrome. The data from these studies have informed the British government’s response to the pandemic.