The British Association of Sclerotherapists (BAS) 2019 conference, on 14th May at Dorney Lake near Windsor, promises a stimulating one-day programme for foam sclerotherapy and microsclerotherapy practitioners. Sclerotherapy, an effective and accessible treatment for leg varicose and thread veins, isn’t generally available on the NHS and is carried out privately by vascular surgeons, vein specialists and nurses and many aesthetic clinics. “We are delighted to host the only congress aimed solely at sclerotherapy practitioners,” says Mr Philip Coleridge Smith, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and President of the BAS. “Practitioners tell us they value this opportunity to network with peers and share expertise as well as learning from an exciting line up of guest speakers. We plan to include Poster Presentations for the first time in 2019 and look forward to some interesting entries! For example, Mr Stephen Blair, who has 7 years’ experience of treating over 500 patients on The Wirral with ClariVein® ablations and sclerotherapy, will share his method which is virtually pain-free and enables patients to drive home safely with modified bandaging”.
Confirmed speakers include the following distinguished vein specialists:
Dr Marianne De Maeseneer, vascular surgeon and phlebologist from Antwerp and Vice President of UIP Belgium will speak on “Endovenous treatments for varicose veins: how to choose the right one for your patient”.
Prof Andrew Bradbury, Sampson Gamgee Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Birmingham and Consultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham is to speak on “Advancements in managing venous ulcers”. Prof Bradbury, one of the pioneers of Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) in the UK, has wide clinical experience of minimally-invasive vein treatments.
Mr Ian Franklin, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Programme Director of the annual International Charing Cross Venous Course will address “Selection of treatments for varices following ablation of the saphenous vein.”
Emma Davies, RGN NIP, Director of Horrington Clinic and Veincare Training in Somerset and Clinical Director of voluntary accreditation register Save Face UK answers the perennial question “How best to market my sclerotherapy practice”. Past chair of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN), Emma helped develop the BACN Standards of Competency for Nurses in Aesthetic Medicine.
The full agenda can be seen on the BAS website https://www.bassclerotherapy.com/events/
The conference is open to all, and BAS CPD certificates are recognised by GMC and NMC for appraisal and revalidation. A New Year Bonus for new members applies from 1st January 2019.
The British Association of Sclerotherapists is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2002, with the aim of raising and maintaining standards of responsible evidence-based practice. BAS Members, who include vascular surgeons and nurses, dermatologists and aesthetic doctors and nurses, benefit from access to a body of experts and specialist resources, a listing on the Find A Practitioner Directory, and discounts at all events. Conferences are held every 1 – 2 years, as well as regional workshops from time to time. The informative website offers advice for patients and practitioners.