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1. President's Welcome

Hello and Happy new year to all SVT members. Although this festive period was different to the usual, I hope you all had a happy and relaxing time and are rested and revitalised for the new year ahead. 

I hope you all enjoyed the SVT annual scientific meeting we held back in November. Although it suffered from some minor technical issues at times, I feel that it still provided you all with good accessible content that was educational and informative. If you registered for the conference you can still access the talks via the online portal and re-watch any time. 

Many congratulations to Amine Turay on winning the best scientific paper award for his talk on DVT and also to Andrew Pellew-Nabbs who was the recipient of this year’s scientist of the year award.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all my committee members for their hard work over the year and especially at the conference, I could not wish for a better team to work with. 

We are still (tentatively) planning this year’s ASM as a traditional meeting in Manchester, however as I’m sure you're aware this will be reviewed regularly and could change if restrictions in social distancing and travel remain. 

The SVT constitution changes that were proposed at the AGM are now open for voting on by ordinary members. Please see the SVT website for details of the vote. If you are eligible to vote you should have received an email with the link to vote on the 5th January. Voting is open till the 13th Feb. After this date the votes will be counted and the changes passed following a simple majority. I encourage all ordinary members to cast their vote. 

The year gone by presented numerous challenges that I had not thought possible when I took the reigns as president back in the non-Covid days of November 2019. This meant a lot of the plans I had for the society needed to be put on hold this year however with the distant hope of normality on the horizon I am determined to push ahead with our plans in the coming year.

  • In the next 12 months, I aim to produce a survey on workforce planning which will hopefully give us an idea of any potential future issues regarding staff levels.

  • Following the success of online zoom/teams based virtual meetings this year we are looking to utilise this technology for future study days and revision sessions.

  • RSI is, as always, a major risk factor in our profession and the last survey on this was a number of years ago so I plan to produce another RSI survey plus provide online resources for our members. 

  • The SVT RadAid global health initiative will launch in 2021

  • Mental health and wellbeing is an important aspect of overall health and following the year’s events is as important as ever. I look to increase the resources we offer for our members to help with any of these issues and potentially offer training.

  • I aim to increase the promotion of IQIPS accreditation and work with the accreditation board to help more vascular departments achieve the standards necessary.

Many thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to the profession and here’s so to brighter and less locked down 2021.

Many thanks

Lee Smith 

SVT President