The Urological Journal
For Urological Professionals
latest Professional Advice
This quarterly publication is sent free to all BAUN Members and it is full of the latest news in urological nursing and what’s happening in the association.
for Urology Professionals
The annual conference is the highlight of the BAUN calendar. It is being held in Glasgow on 24th-25th November and will attract over 200 specialist nurses working in urology.
Free BAUN Study Days
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Study days are spread throughout the year a chance to update on a range of urological topics and network.
Please click the link above to download a letter from Public Health England regarding the Be Clear on Cancer Campaign.
As I mentioned in my last President’s Report, I love Spring time. It is my favourite time of the year, being so full of hope and promise of the things to come during the year. It is exciting to think of how the seeds we plant now can grow and continue to flourish in the coming months and years.
BAUN achievements and activities so far this year:
➜ Council held a successful strategic planning day in January with the aim of ensuring the financial sustainability of BAUN. We are already seeing the benefits of this and aim to continue to grow the organisation in terms of both membership and profile whilst maintaining our core function of “promotion of the advancement of education in urological nursing and urological patient care”.
➜ We continue to work with our professional, charity and industry partners to bring you high quality educational events in the form of study days, workshops, conferences, online webinars and educational materials. As you can see from our calendar of events, our activity is continually expanding. Check out the website for an up-to-date programme of BAUN study days and other urology educational events. http://www.baun.co.uk/education
What’s coming up in the next few months:
➜ Our Flexible Cystoscopy and Intravesical Therapy guidelines are being reviewed and updated this year. The long awaited TRUS biopsy guidelines, developed with BAUS, will be available online in the members section of the website later in the year. We will also be working on new ED guidelines along with BAUS this year.
➜ We continue to work with BAUS, TUF, (The Urology Foundation) SURG (Specialist Urological Registrars
Group) and the BJUI under the umbrella of ‘Urology UK’ to strengthen our collective voice and develop plans to increase our profile and become more politically active with a view to influencing health policy and lobbying on issues which affect Urology Health Care professionals and our patient.
➜ We remain committed to promoting a minimum standard of education for Urology Nurse Specialists and developing a means of delivering this nationally and have provisional talks planned, with others who have successfully implemented such systems, later in the year.
➜ 2015 is BAUN’s 20th Anniversary. Keep an eye on the website, social media and conference pages for updates on how we plan to celebrate.
Opportunities for 2015
Following the changes to our M&As at our 2014 AGM, we are moving towards council places becoming vacant at the same time each year (at AGM) this means that voting for Council places and for our new Vice President role will take place in the weeks prior to the AGM. This should ensure more efficient succession planning and ease the transition into the officer positions in future.
If you do not feel you can commit to a place on council at the moment, there are many other opportunities for you to become more involved in the many projects BAUN are asked to participate in. These include representing BAUN:
• by organising, chairing or presenting at various study days, conferences, and webinars around the UK
• on review panels for proposed national guidelines, new products or devices
• on National Research or Audit groups
• by reviewing articles for our peer review journal IJUN
• by writing for the IJUN, the BAUN newsletter, or the BAUN supplement in the BJN
• on strategic partnership groups
• by developing national guidelines
• on multidisciplinary groups looking at service improvement and development from a national level
A massive ‘Thank You’ to all of you who took part in the PCUK commissioned ‘The specialist nursing workforce caring for men with prostate cancer in the UK’ research last year. The report was published in mid-March.
One of the main findings was that 49% of the specialist nurses working in the field were planning to leave the profession within the next 10 years. Alison Leary, Professor of Healthcare Modelling at London Southbank
University, who was the main researcher, said there was an urgent need for strategic workforce planning. “The development of new opportunities for entry-level nurses to entice new talent and new leadership positions to retain existing talent will be key in this.”
Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of PCUK is quoted as saying, “the quantity and quality of the data collected from this study was only achieved through the vital support of the committee and membership of BAUN. Their hard work has been on behalf of many thousands of men and it is clear that care and outcomes for those men will deteriorate unless all parts of the system take individual and collective action.”
The report will provide you with useful evidence for demonstrating the value of your service and also for service development proposals, particularly with reference to workforce planning, (development posts and systems leaders) and service transformation. You can read the full report on our website. The executive summary and recommendations are also reproduced in the newsletter for your convenience on page 33.
If you are going through a service reconfiguration, or are taking the lead and promoting the benefits of your service in anticipation of change, I would recommend the excellent Apollo Nursing Resource http://www.apollonursingresource.com which contains a wealth of advice and information to help you to speak up about your service, to be able to prepare supporting evidence to demonstrate the complexity of your service and to have the language to articulate the complexity of your role.
Remember, BAUN is your organisation and we need your support and input to continue to grow. So please talk to us, get involved and enjoy Spring!
Contact me on: BAUNPresident@fitwise.co.uk