President – BSGE
Royal Cornwall Hospital
My first duty as President is to thank Ertan Saridogan for all his hard work and considerable achievements as President. It has been a pleasure to work with Ertan whose expertise and wise judgment has been invaluable. He has overseen the growth of the society to over 1,000 members.
In addition to Ertan, I would like to thank the other officers, Thomas Ind and Mark Whittaker; we have made a cohesive and productive team to the benefit of the BSGE.
On the Council I would like to draw particular attention to the achievements of Shaheen Khazali in his role as Webcomms portfolio lead. He has always been a very productive member of council, introducing many excellent new ideas and his latest work in redeveloping the BSGE website is his best achievement to date. The Website is now launched and if you are reading this you have clearly found it!
I hope you will agree that it is better laid out, more interactive and when fully functioning, will provide the society with a substantial increase in communication direct with the membership. Joining the society, voting in elections, viewing surgical videos and accessing BSGE databases will now all occur though the website. Credit/debit card payments for booking courses or training are all now available for the first time.
Tyrone Carpenter has done a great job in his role as industry relations portfolio lead and has worked hard to ensure we achieved the best ever industry support for a BSGE Annual Scientific Meeting at the Cornwall meeting in May 2016. Justin Clark has lead the research and audit portfolio and introduced the developing concept of creating a surgical information collection system (SICS) for members to record their endoscopic operations on a new BSGE database. Gill Smith has done an excellent job and represented all nurse members equitably whether they are endometriosis nurses or hysteroscopy nurses. Liza Ball has established a template for writing a joint guideline with the RCOG and is progressing well on the latest BSGE guideline on Laparoscopy in Pregnancy. Training in Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy has been led by Sameer Umranikar and Natasha Waters respectively. They have helped run BSGE ATSM courses at the RCOG and Natasha will be taking on the accreditation of hysteroscopy nurse training with Gill Smith. Simon Jackson completes his term on council as lead of the awards portfolio and has efficiently overseen the competition for annual awards to all groups of BSGE membership, distributing nearly £20,000 annually in prize money to our members. Finally, thank you to Fevzi Shakir and Kirana Arambage who have represented trainees on council and have recently set up a subgroup (Registrars in Gynaecology Surgery) of the BSGE specifically for trainees.
I have now handed over the leadership of the Endometriosis Centres portfolio to Chris Guyer who has been shadowing the role for two years and has a firm grasp on the brief. It is a significant responsibility and I am confident that he will continue to build on all the achievements made to date. However I am available to support Chris and all the Endocentre leads as needed.
We welcome Donna Ghosh to Council who takes over from Kirana Arambage as trainee representative. Kirana has been re-elected and will take on the Awards portfolio.
I give special thanks to the local organising committee, who have delivered the extremely successful ASM in Cornwall. We await delegates’ formal feedback but informally it appears to have been one of the most successful meetings for the BSGE. Delegates have been very complimentary about the meeting content, the venue and the standard of organisation. My thanks go to Susie Bates who chaired the local organising committee and worked with me and all the members: Cathy Dean, Tom Smith-Walker, Richard Keedwell, Jonathan Lord, and Lisa Verity.
As you can probably appreciate the majority of work for the BSGE Council is running meetings and organising training. Currently we provide five annual scientific meetings:
• The Annual Scientific Meeting
• Benign surgery ATSM
• Hysteroscopy ATSM
• Cadaveric Anatomy course
• Fibroid meeting
In addition, with the support of industry, we also run training programmes in complex laparoscopic surgery and the recently launched national LapHyst Project, which aims to train Consultant Gynaecologists in laparoscopic hysterectomy techniques over the coming years. Organisation of these meetings and training requires an eye for detail and excellent organisational skills. Whilst each course is run by a team from the BSGE, we need to continually improve the quality of our meetings to attract delegates and also to maintain the high standards of the BSGE. As a consequence we have co-opted Ertan Saridogan to the Council to be the first BSGE Meetings Convener, for one year in the first instance. His role will be to oversee the organisation and quality content of our meetings.
Looking ahead we will be enhancing training in basic laparoscopic surgery by running dry lab training skills courses using the European Academy validated LASTT and SUTT training methods. We have run successful Hands on Training (HOT sessions) using these techniques, at last years Silver Jubilee Meeting and this years ASM; we will continue these HOT sessions alongside other BSGE courses such as the benign surgery ATSM. The BSGE has now purchased the dry lab training equipment and plans to run HOT sessions, throughout the UK in due course.
The Endometriosis Centres project continues to draw national and international acclaim and we will be strengthening the quality of Endocentre accreditation with the introduction of an exemplar surgical video annually from each centre. In addition, the workload accreditation requirements for each centre will be varied depending on the number of surgeons listed, to make it more equitable and appropriate. We hope to publish the BSGE Endometriosis Database dataset that was presented at the recent Cornwall ASM and will be presented again at the RCOG World Congress in June 2016.
Our growing portfolio of training in all aspects of laparoscopic surgery will hopefully allow us to attract new members from other specialist societies like BSUG and BGCS. This, linked with the launch of Surgical Information Collection System (SICS) will provide members with all the tools to monitor and develop their laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery skills plus provide data for their own appraisal and revalidation.
The website with its increased interactivity will become the interface for increased connection with the membership. We hope to have our SICS system on the website so that Gynaecologist members can collect all the surgical data they need and ultimately be able to compare their individual surgical performance against background data from the whole database.
So the future direction of the BSGE is consolidation of what has been achieved and then enhancing our three main areas:
• More training opportunities for members
• Enhance data Collection for members
• Greater Web based interaction for members
The BSGE is in great health and opportunities for the society and its membership are growing all the time.