he British Lymphology Society is a dynamic and innovative body providing a strong professional voice and support for those involved in the care and treatment of people with lymphoedema and related lymphatic disorders, including lipoedema.
Through support of its membership, the Society seeks to achieve high standards of care and equitable access to treatment across the UK, raise awareness of the condition, promotes early detection and intervention with supported self management. We work with other stakeholders, advise government, NHS and other professional bodies and organisations.
The Society was established in November of 1985, originally as the British Lymphology Interest Group (BLIG).
Our aim of promoting professional standards in lymphoedema care and treatment is supported by our objectives:
- 1) To advance education and knowledge in the field of lymphology and related subjects.
- 2) To foster interest in and co-ordinate a strategy for improving the management of chronic oedema, particularly lymphoedema.
- 3) To produce and maintain a register of specialist centres in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
- 4) To benefit patients by improving the knowledge, expertise and skills of health care professionals treating them
Our Working GroupsTo address specific short-term projects, BLS brings together working groups with agreed Terms of Reference, aims and a work plan. BLS members with a keen interest in contributing to the project may request to join the group.
Our Scientific Commitee
The scientific committee includes doctors, therapists, academics and researchers all with a keen interest in research. It comprises full and honorary members.
Our PatronProfessor Peter Mortimer is an Honorary Member of the Society. He has been a significant influence in the field of lymphoedema, being one of the founding members of the Society in 1985. He has contributed greatly to our understanding of the condition
BLS membership is multi professional, comprising nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, occupational therapists, manual lymphatic drainage therapists, others with an interest in lymphoedema including its treatment and corporate partners
Our Regional RepresentativesRegional Representatives are members of BLS who undertake to facilitate networking of members in their area. They are key advocates of the Society who make a valuable contribution to enhancement of communication and liaison between local members.
Support UsAs a Charity donations and fundraising are vital to support our work; there are many ways to help us to make a difference for people with lymphoedema.
Our TrusteesOur Trustees are BLS members, elected and supported by members to work on their behalf and ensure the legal and governance requirements as a registered charity are met.
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