BCIS AHP 2nd meeting 2012: REPORT
6 people set off to BCIS HQ in London for the second meeting of the AHPs group. Due to transport and work problems only four of us made it. The upside of this was more biscuits and sandwiches for those who got there.
Our meeting had been organised to take forward the agenda for AHPs development under the umbrella of BCIS. The first item discussed was our own internal communications, which had been difficult due to the geographic spread of the members. This was increasingly important in the run up to our first AHPs course in March.
Doug Fraser, group chair, gave an update of what had been going on within BCIS since our last meeting and how AHPs would be represented within the BCIS Training and Education Group. The colleague to undertake this role was yet to be finalised.
The AHPs section of the BCIS website was our next focus. This was now live and would be continually developing. It was clear that the most tangible development of our committee was the upcoming Catheter Lab Basics course in March. We were all delighted to note the number of protocols and operational policies that had already been placed on the website to help colleagues to develop their practice. More were sought and there were some patient satisfaction surveys expected soon. There was also going to be a research area, which Karen Wilson would be providing.
The next area that came to light was a vacancy in our committee for a cardiac physiologist since the resignation of Joel Rankin. It was agreed to seek permission from the BCIS Administration Group to recruit a new member. The meeting chair clarified that each committee member is each elected for a period of 2 years, which may be extended by a further 2 years on application. The existing members are therefore up for re-application in May 2014.
We then discussed communications with other groups. Colleagues had been finding it difficult to get funding to attend courses, especially overseas. It was decided to look into potential funding from BCIS for an AHP representative to attend a European meeting.
The AHPs session at ACI in January was our next focus. Dr Fraser would be cochairing the session on the Friday afternoon (25th January) with Sam Chapman. The committee was confident that the line-up this year was as strong and interesting as ever. This led to our final point, which was to arrange our next meeting, which would be at 7.30am on that Friday morning. We were all understandably excited about such an early start.
We agreed that a report of each of these regular meetings would be shared on the website… and here it is!
Straight after the meeting, Chris Loder, Doug and I set off for the Royal Free Hospital to view the planned venue for the March course, but once again time and traffic beat us. We had to abandon this trip in order to get to Euston in time for our train back to the frozen north.
That we all lived for another day is heartening, especially as the preparatory work for the March course goes on. Remember 18 – 19 March 2013. Be there or be square!
Radiography representative, BCIS AHP Working Group
Clinical Lead Radiographer Manchester Royal Infirmary, Catheter Labs January 2013
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