At the end of my first
year as president I find out how difficult it is to summarise the years
activity. Next year if elected I will keep a diary of important events.
When I started last year it was my plan to put our ideas for musculoskeletal medicine
firmly in front of decision makers in the Royal colleges and the government
departments. The text proved quite easy to produce and was ready and agreed for
September. However, the production of the final pamphlet and its distribution is
only now possible. The work necessary to finalise this project has been
considerable. I would here like to thank the council for support and a budget
and Deena for not grumbling too much about the extra workload. The brochure was
sent out this last week to many notables including at the House of Commons
launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group for BackCare organised by Swiss Life
for BackCare. I had the honour of presenting the first address.
Also about this time last year UKADIS came into being and following a lot of hard
work from a number of BIMM members has produced a useful and informative e-group
and website, which I must recommend to you. I expect us to work together for
mutual development of our parallel courses.
Talking of courses, our education sub-committee under the chairmanship of John Tanner
has developed a new course structure covering the full syllabus in 8 week long
modules. This represents a boost for our training program and puts us in the
vanguard of FIMM educational development. Mike Hutson, as president has
restructured FIMM over the last few years. As well as him, John Tanner and
Richard Ellis represent us on the education and scientific committees
respectively. It is my feeling that, although FIMM has achieved little as yet in
real terms it is about to come of age. In this country what is happening in
Europe and the rest of the world carries weight, which I intend to use over the
next few months and, if given the opportunity, years.
You will be hearing more from the other officers about their various activities,
notably from our treasurer who has reservations about our reserves. My job now
is to thank the officers and council on your behalf for turning out and giving
time to keep this organisation going and growing.
My thanks to them also for their support.