Report: Allied Health Professionals Working Group – 3rd meeting, 11 November 2013
It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. With appropriate solemnity, the BCIS AHP Working Group met for the 3rd time in the Heart Centre of Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Unusually, there was a full-house and only I was late (having travelled about 100 yards).
There was a full programme of business to attend to.
Dr Fraser started the meeting off by thanking everyone for their efforts in attending and welcoming two new faces. Alison Brown, Clinical Educator, Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Glasgow had been officially appointed to the committee and she was accompanied by her colleague Murray Jummun who would be helping her to organise the proposed 2015 AHPs’ meeting in Glasgow.
The first agenda item was to organise the AHPs’ sessions for ACI in 2014. Discussion around this topic was lengthy and terminated only by our first tea and biscuits break.
With this settled (check out the details on the ACI 2014 website), we turned our attention to the organisation of our up-coming catheter lab basics course in March 2014. It was agreed that we should keep the general format the same (as what is basic does not change) and fine-tune areas that the committee felt needed to be altered.
Sarah Carson proposed that colleagues at Bristol would be interested in hosting the 2016 course.
Having partaken of a more than adequate finger-buffet, we addressed the AHPs’ element of the BCIS website. It was agreed that this was growing satisfactorily, but more educational materials were to be encouraged. Chris Loder offered a piece that would assist anyone wishing to write an abstract for a publication. It was agreed that this would be a welcome addition.
Once again, Dr Fraser asked all the group members to find and provide a photograph for the website front page. Cue the squirming from the usual quarters. It was proposed that the website should also have a feedback box, which would email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. It was also decided to ask former committee members for any standard operating protocols that could be added to the site. Finally, a research page was proposed and I agreed to help put this in place.
The next agenda item was the election of new members. The committee had no physiologist member and this had to be addressed along with two more nursing representatives who had yet to be replaced.
The final item discussed was communication with other groups. Sarah Carson had been invited to join a EuroPCR AHPs’ committee. Chris Loder had attended a recent TCT conference. It was reiterated that on each of these occasions, representatives should be seeking opportunities to share learning and practice.
The meeting ended and everyone was escorted to the local taxi rank to return to Piccadilly Railway station.
BCIS Working Group
Clinical Lead Radiographer Manchester Royal Infirmary, Catheter Labs
3 January 2014
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