The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) was established in 1920 for the purpose of promoting the knowledge and teaching of Dermatology. It is a professional organization and a registered charity with an incorporated body of trustees. BAD is involved in ongoing research and education for medical professionals who specialize in skin care.
From headquarters at Willan House in central London, the Association works to carry out its objectives of improving health care standards and furthering public awareness of research results and new developments in the field of Dermatology. The adopted slogan of BAD is “Healthy Skin for All” and the Association works with numerous organizations including the Government to provide information and resources to the general public.
The Association has a Constitution, which calls for the publication of its research and findings, and to this end its publications are available to the medical profession and the public in constantly updated editions. Anyone concerned with any aspect of skin disease treatment or prevention has access to the latest developments in the field through articles published in this and other sources.
Information prepared and offered by British dermatologists covers every conceivable question and answer relating to skin problems and diseases. Patient information leaflets are available to assist with the understanding of different skin conditions, including what causes them and what you can do about them. Subjects range from mild acne to possibly fatal melanoma and everything in between.
There are a number of websites you can search, including but certainly not limited to www.bad.org.uk, for news about the latest in skin care. In addition to the British Journal of Dermatology, BAD also publishes Clinical and Experimental Dermatology. The first, founded in 1888, now encompasses both clinical and ethical research and is one of the world’s foremost journals of dermatology. The second offers a lively correspondence section as well as regular reviews of current developments in the field.
Among the departments operating within the purview of the Association are the Clinical Advisory Unit, which provides advice and support to departments and individuals with service issues, and the Clinical Standards Unit, which provides additional support for the aim of clinical effectiveness. There is also a department for Conferences and Events that is responsible for organizing high-calibre training days and annual meetings.