Welcome to the summer issue. If you were not fortunate enough to book a Cornish holiday a year in advance then take some time now to delve into our thirteenth edition! Here we aim to provide healthcare professionals with updates on our work at the UKMF as well as relevant myeloma information of interest.
As part of our new strategy, we are excited to introduce the UKMF Pharmacy Group, led by Andrea Preston. The aim of the Group will be to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with myeloma. Andrea leads the clinical pharmacy service to haematology and BMT at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust. To learn more about the Pharmacy Group and how to get involved read on.
Also in this issue there are links to two recently published papers on 'Response to first vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 in patients with multiple myeloma' and 'COVID symptoms, testing, shielding impact on patient reported outcomes and early vaccine responses in individuals with multiple myeloma.'
Later this summer we will be announcing how to apply for bursaries to attend ASH, albeit virtually. There will be 5 bursaries up for grabs and we would strongly urge you to encourage your nurse and pharmacist colleagues to apply.
We will be launching our first hybrid Autumn Day meeting on the 11th November 2021. We have a packed programme for you with high profile international speakers. The theme will be 'Sequencing Therapy and Personalised Medicine in Myeloma' and The Michael Morley lecture will be given by Dr Francesca Gay from the University of Torino on 'My current approach to sequencing therapy in myeloma and how this can be refined with personalised therapy'. More details of our other guest speakers and how to register can be found in the meeting section below.
Behind the scenes, the Executive have been hard at work revising our strategy and communications. Your view as members and stakeholders is vital and we will be sharing these proposed changes with you in due course and would welcome your feedback. Remember, contacting us is easy. Either email Wendy, our administrator, or Tweet us, using @UKmyelomaforum.
Finally, on behalf of the Executive, we would like to congratulate our very own Sarah Henshaw who was recently awarded the World Wide Nurse Award at COMY2021 Honoree awards.
Enjoy your summer and hope you manage to get a well earned break.
With best wishes
UKMF Communications Lead