Research and innovation
BASHH special interest groups (SIG) promote innovation and research, covering 11 clinical areas and the clinical development group (CDG). The SIG are responsible for promoting best clinical practice within their area of expertise, collating research to further educational programmes.
The CDG conducts studies involving all the genitourinary medicine clinics in the UK. Studies are coordinated by the honorary secretary of BASHH, through a network of regional representatives all of whom are consultants in genitourinary medicine. Epidemiologists from the Health Protection Agency Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (CDSC) belong to the CDG and bring their expertise to the design and analysis of various studies. Doctors in training also have their own forum, T-CARQ, for multicentre research, audit and quality improvement projects.
There are several postgraduate courses and degrees in genitourinary medicine, eg:
- Diploma in HIV Medicine
- Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine
- Epidemiology and control of infectious disease short course.
BHIVA Research Awards are open, through competitive application, to all BHIVA members for research projects that impact on the improvement of clinical care and management of people living with HIV in the UK. A minimum of £30,000 per annum is available, to be distributed amongst the successful applicants.
Public and patient involvement is encouraged through the BASHH public panel.