Wishing you all good health and companionship in the festive season.
2020 has been especially difficult for so many families, organisations and our social and healthcare. The year has however been notable for positivity – the many acts of kindness shown by supporting each other and for people coming together with shared learning experiences.
Covid 19 continues to create so many challenges for us. I would like to give a personal thanks to BSPGHAN Council and Working Groups and our charitable partners for the rapid advice produced for our families. Thank you to Executive Lucy and Mansoor, and to Carla for all your support this year.
The pandemic has amplified difficulties faced by those with vulnerabilities and those who are most at risk from anxiety, homelessness or loss of work. There is much to do in 2021 to tackle disadvantage and support the mental well-being of our communities.
We all look forward to what 2021 will bring- collectively moving to a time where everyone can feel that their ethnic, cultural and spiritual beliefs are understood and acts of kindness are commonplace.
Please take the chance to relax and unwind with your loved ones.
Thank you to each centre for completing the BSPGHAN Quality Standards Audit if you can by the end of the year. It’s timely to map our services now as the NHS move towards developing Operational Delivery Networks in 2021/2. BSPGHAN is ahead of the game in taking stock which will enable support for our networks in the UK to develop best and equitable delivery of care.
Also don’t forget to book your place for the BSPGHAN annual meeting.Our working group chairs and abstract submitters won’t disappoint, with such a stimulating and innovative programme on offer.
All the best for the season and good health to you all.
Dr Sue Protheroe,
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist,
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Birmingham. B4 6NH.
President of British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.