Presidential Address 2017
Dear BASEM member,
2016 was a very successful year for BASEM with 2 excellent Conferences, popular courses, an increasing number of members and increased membership benefits. It culminated in the purchase of our own new offices adjacent to Doncaster airport. Our old rented room was small, cramped, dark, cold and inadequate in a depressed Doncaster suburb. That our loyal Nicky and Amanda functioned there so well is amazing. The new office is large, bright, warm and welcoming with its own training room for educational courses which will substantially reduce the cost of future courses. So, in 2017 we can look forward to holding new courses there. We are also making improvements to the BASEM website to make it more user friendly for mobile phones and tablets. Plans are now well advanced for the Joint Annual Conference with FSEM on the 12-13th October. This is co hosted with Bath University to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
I am particularly pleased to announce that BASEM is incorporating BIMM. From the early days of Sports Medicine and sporting injuries, the musculoskeletal system has been a core component of our knowledge and has featured prominently in our Foundation Course and Clinical skills courses. As the SEM speciality has evolved the NHS has become increasingly aware of the importance of the proper management of non traumatic musculoskeletal problems as well as the traumatic ones. The British Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine has a 25 year history of providing excellent educational courses and many of its members are also BASEM members. As the aims of both organisations are so similar it seems sensible to combine our resources. BIMM tutors have great experience and they will enhance and strengthen our education programme and indeed they appear prominently on the programme of the Spring Meeting in Doncaster on the 30th March. Also, as a taster, I have uploaded 6 BIMM videos to the BASEM e learning portal on the basic clinical examination of peripheral joints. More advanced videos on injections, spinal examination and manipulative techniques will follow regularly over the next year or so. For those BIMM members who make the transition to BASEM we welcome you to our multidisciplinary family and look forward to sharing knowledge. Dr John Tanner, BIMM President, will outline the history of BIMM in the Spring edition of BASEM Today.
It remains for me to thank Nicky, Amanda, Lucy and every one on the Executive Board for their hard work in the last year and to wish every BASEM member a very happy, healthy and productive New Year.