BAPM is seeking members to join a working group to develop a Framework for Practice on Metabolic Bone Disease of Prematurity.
Metabolic bone disease of prematurity (MBDP) is a common condition in preterm infants, due to a loss of bone mineral accrual that primarily occurs in the third trimester in utero. Detection is primarily by biochemical screening. If undetected or mismanaged, rickets and pathological fractures can result.
Evidence has shown variability in practice nationally. This framework will help to harmonise practice nationally by making recommendations on who, when and how to screen. It will also address risk factors to prevent MBDP, including optimising nutrition; and suggest treatment pathways relating to supplementation and subsequent monitoring. A suggestion for future national research areas will also be addressed.
Vacancies on the group are:
- 2 NICU Consultants - TBC
- 2 LNU / SCU Consultants - TBC
- 1 Trainee - TBC
- 1 ANNP / Nurse - TBC
- 1 Physiotherapist - TBC
- 1 Parent / carer - TBC
No previous experience of BAPM working groups is required and applications from BAPM members will be given priority.
The first meeting will be held on 22 January. It is envisaged that this work will take approximately eight months and involve six virtual meetings. Please see attached terms of reference for more details.
To apply please complete the application form and return to the BAPM Office by 17 December.