I write this editorial for the third edition of JODS this year having enjoyed a very successful BADS conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine. You will find a full report of the event written by Fiona Belfield and this edition of the journal is accompanied by a supplementary edition publishing all abstracts presented at the conference. For those of you that missed out on attending the conference, you will be able to see some of the moments captured on camera in the images included in this edition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those attending the conference and especially those who submitted their work and presented this at the conference. I would like to remind authors that they are encouraged to submit their work for full publication in JODS subject to successful peer-review. Please see the guidelines for authors included in this publication and accessible via the BADS website here:
Since the last edition of JODS, Mary Stocker has stepped down as President of the Association and I would like to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome to Dr Kim Russon who has taken up the position as of the conference in June. Over the past few years undertaken a huge amount of work for BADS including but not limited to conference organisation, hosting national meetings and representing BADs in working with a number of organisations. I am confident she will be able to continue to promote the day surgery agenda and build on the recent successes of the organisation.
After a very successful conference, BADS as an organisation is always keen to consider where we go from here. Plans for another very promising conference in Cardiff next year are already progressing well. The association continues to increase its involvement with benchmarking organisations and improvement initiatives such as the Model Hospital, Getting it right first time (GIRFT), NHS England Best Practice Tariffs, Public Health England and NHS Right Care. It also co-organises a number of regional and national educational events with organisations such as the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Health Care Conferences UK. Looking further to the future, we are investigating the potential role BADS may have in accreditation of Day Surgery Units across the UK.
This edition of JODS contains scientific articles on day case mastectomy, peri-operative gabapentin use in gynaecological day case surgery, day case management of resistant tennis elbow and a report on a service improvement project successfully expanding the scope of day case hand and wrist surgery.
Finally, dates for the annual conference next year have been confirmed, it will take place on 25th & 26th June 2020 in City Hall – why not put the dates in your diary now and book study leave!
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