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  • 03/11/2023 14:19 | Anonymous

    The British Scoliosis Society (BSS), British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the UKSSB are supporting 'Movember'!

    Movember.com is a charity that funds projects to improve Men’s Health: Mental Health, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer.

    Please join the UK Spine Surgeons Team and our Captain Paul Thorpe and/or donate to the Team: https://movember.com/t/uk-spine-surgeons-1.

    If a "Mo" is not for you then you can join us and raise money in other ways:

    Submit pictures of you and your "Mo"!

    Some may have already started but for those who haven’t... START YOUR MO TODAY

    Team members can submit photos by the end of the month to movember@britscoliosis.org.uk and prizes will be awarded for "Best Mo", "Top Fundraiser", "Lame Mo" (worst moustache but the best effort) and "Best Mo Sister".

    There will also be a Team photo at the BSS meeting in Liverpool!

    Mo Sisters!

    The only thing Mo Sistas can’t do is Grow (for obvious reasons) but if you would like to support the Team, You can purchase a Mo Sista or Mo Supporter Badge (£2) or T shirt (£10) at BSS Liverpool

    All proceeds go to the UK Spine Surgeons team

    To buy merchandise - Pay at BSS2023 in Liverpool or use this PayPal link and collect your badge/Tee at BSS Liverpool : https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8YNZlBbYuQ

  • 31/08/2023 12:03 | Anonymous

    As part of the NIHR funded BASIS study evaluating night-time and full-time bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, researchers from the University of Liverpool interviewed patients to explore their experiences of bracing and the BASIS study. It was clear that patients wearing a full-time brace were struggling at school. The BASIS Study Team and BSS have put together a leaflet to give advice to schools and hopefully improve their quality of life.

    Spinal Bracing Advice for Schools - Download (.pdf)

  • 30/08/2023 12:08 | Anonymous

    The British Scoliosis Society would like to invite medical professionals to a free series of webinars.

    The Scoliosis School is a free webinar series for surgical trainees with an interest in spinal surgery, spinal fellows, new consultants and allied health professionals wishing to expand their knowledge in contemporary practice in the field of spinal deformity surgery.

    For more information, and to register for these webinars, visit:

  • 21/08/2023 14:21 | Anonymous

    Information for patients of John Bradley Williamson, Consultant Spine Surgeon, Manchester

    If you were a patient of Mr Williamson and are concerned about the treatment you received, please contact the appropriate hospital:

    • Salford Royal Infirmary Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS): 0161 778 5665
    • Manchester Children’s Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS): 0161 2912031
    • Spire Manchester: 0800 028 7418 between 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 6.30pm Friday and 9am to 3pm Saturday or email spirepne@spirehealthcare.com

    If you are a British Scoliosis Society member affected by these issues, please contact support@britscoliosis.org.uk

  • 17/05/2023 17:07 | Anonymous

    The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will be sponsoring one place each on this round of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Future Leaders Programme (FLP)

    This places are only open to members of BASS or BSS, and applications will close next Tuesday 6th June 2023.

    To be eligible to take part in the programme, when the programme runs, you must be either:

    • A senior trainee (ST8 or above)
    • A newly appointed consultant (less than 3 years)
    • An SAS Surgeon (FRCS Tr&Orth)
    • A post-CCT Surgeon
    The successful candidate must be a BASS or BSS member, and BOA member when the programme runs to be eligible to take part (you may still apply without BOA membership, but will need to apply if successful. You must be a BASS or BSS member upon application)

    For more information on the FLP and how to apply, visit the BOA website: https://www.boa.ac.uk/learning-and-events/courses/boa-future-leaders-programme.html

  • 12/01/2023 18:32 | Anonymous

    Applications are invited for the 2023 Presidents' Travelling Fellowship

    Deadline: Tuesday 31st January 2023

    The British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) offer senior residents, spinal fellows and consultants within two years of their appointment a chance to have extensive exposure to complex spinal procedures at established spinal units over 2 weeks.

    The Fellowship programme includes mandatory attendance at the following spine meeting, which will be BritSpine 2023 in Glasgow, 18-20 April 2023. The programme rotates between established orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal centres allowing significant contact between fellows and leaders in the field.

    The Fellowship will take place between 20th and 31th March 2023. The Fellowship will rotate around centres in the UK (Centres proposed include Ipswich, Norwich, Newcastle and Sheffield - subject to change). Successful fellows will then attend BritSpine 2023 in Glasgow to present as a group on their Fellowship.

    Further details can be obtained from Mr David Cumming (president@spinesurgeons.ac.uk) and Mr Ashley Cole (president@britscolisis.org.uk)

    Application Process:
    To apply, please submit the following documents:

    • your Curriculum Vitae (CV),
    • a personal statement describing your career pathway, interests and future plans.
    • A letter of recommendation from your supervising consultant/clinical lead.

    Your application should be sent to UKSSB@boa.ac.uk by Tuesday 31st January 2023. (only Word or PDF file formats accepted)

    Applications will be reviewed by a panel from the BASS and BSS Executives. All candidates will be informed of the decisions after the application deadline.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    (For further criteria, please refer to person specification here)

    • Applicants should be members of either BASS, BSS, BOA, SBNS or local spine society.
    • Applicants should be post-FRCS exam senior residents, clinical spinal fellows or junior consultants in the first 2 years of their appointment.
    • Previously unsuccessful applicants can re-apply.
    • Fellowships cannot be awarded retrospectively.

    Details of The 2023 Fellowship:

    • BASS/BSS will reimburse travelling expenses up to £2,000. Claims must be submitted within 6 months of the Fellowship. Detailed financial arrangements will be provided to successful candidates.
    • International fellows will be required to pay for their flights to the UK.
    • By accepting the Fellowship, all awardees agree not to partake in any activities that will bring BASS/BSS and/or sponsors into disrepute. BASS/BSS accept no liability for the actions of the candidates whilst on the Fellowship or for activities related to it.
    • Each Fellow is required to submit a report of approximately 500 words within 6 weeks of completion of the Fellowship. This may be published on the BASS and/or BSS websites and official communications.
    • Fellows will attend BritSpine 2023 and present a group presentation (Wednesday 19th April 2023, subject to change)

  • 23/11/2022 18:50 | Anonymous

    The British Scoliosis Society (BSS) and The British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), in conjunction with Orthopaedic Research UK (ORUK), are pleased to announce a new, two year, research fellowship.

    This research fellowship of up to £60k is funded between the three organisations for a period of 2 years. This will require a leave of absence from clinical roles and / or training with agreement of employers or training programme directors.

    It is aimed at individuals with an interest in research in to any spinal area. It is open for applications to any individual who is already a member of either BSS or BASS, or would be eligible to apply for full membership commensurate to their seniority within their professional group. To be clear, this includes allied health professionals (AHPs) and nurses along with medical doctors (consultants and trainees).

    It is envisioned that this role will be full time and will result in the awarding of an MD, or equivalent higher degree, in partnership with a UK university, along with high impact papers in recognised journals.

    Applications will be a single stage process with those successful invited for interview. The role is planned to commence in August 2023.

    Applications will be judged on the research idea presented, the prospective research fellow and their ability to deliver the research, and the supporting mentors / supervision team. 

    Closing date for applications is on Friday, 17 February 2023 at 17:00

    Further information and application can be found at: https://oruk.org/research/joint-partnership-funds/

  • 16/09/2022 17:03 | Anonymous

    The BSS supports the multi-centre NIHR funded Bracing Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (BASIS) study of night-time v full-time bracing in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

    https://basisstudy.org/ - The BASIS Study – The BASIS Study is trying to find out which type of back brace is best for treating children and young people with scoliosis.

  • 01/08/2022 14:00 | Anonymous

    The 2023 BOA Future Leaders Programme (FLP) has launched and applications are now open.

    BSS will be sponsoring one fellow on the 2023 FLP. This place is only open to members of BSS, and applications will close on 5th September 2022.

    To be eligible to take part in the programme, when the programme runs, you must be either:

    • A senior trainee (ST8 or above)
    • A newly appointed consultant (less than 3 years)
    • An SAS Surgeon (FRCS Tr & Orth)
    • A post-CCT Surgeon

    The successful candidate must be a BOA member when the programme runs to be eligible to take part (you may still apply without BOA membership, but will need to apply if successful. You must be a BSS member upon application)

    BSS will have an executive board panel assessment to select the successful candidate. All applications will be anonymised to reduce the potential for unconscious bias.

    Please download the Main BOA Future Leaders Programme application form, provide your CV and complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form. Send your completed application to policy@boa.ac.uk

    More information on the FLP and how to apply is on the BOA website at boa.ac.uk/flp and www.boa.ac.uk/learning-and-events/courses/boa-future-leaders-programme/how-to-apply.html

  • 25/04/2022 16:51 | Anonymous

    PLEASE NOTE - All previous 2020 and 2021 submitters have been communicated to with requirement to resubmit via the new 2022 portal.
    If you wish to withdraw your abstracts, please email abstracts@britscoliosis.org.uk

    The 44th Annual Meeting of the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) will take place in person at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, 2nd to 4th November 2022.

    Currently the BSS asking for abstract submissions for this event, where there will be opportunities to showcase via oral presentations or posters to all delegates at this face-to-face meeting, one of the first opportunities since the pandemic to do so.

    The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 10th August 2022

    After the deadline closes, abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of judges and we hope to notify all submitters within a month of the closure of submissions.

    Please visit our dedicated submission portal at: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/4271/submitter

    If you have any questions, queries or issues with submitting abstracts then please contact us by email at abstracts@britscoliosis.org.uk or our administrative support at ukssb@boa.ac.uk

    For more information on the conference, including registration, visit https://britscoliosis.org.uk/BSS2022 and follow us on Twitter (@BritScoliosis) for further updates.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in Edinburgh in November.

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