Update of Metastatic Surveillance of Uveal Melanoma – Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Melanoma Focus has begun preparatory work to set up a Guideline Development Group (GDG) to update metastatic surveillance of Uveal Melanoma (UM) guideline which was originally published in 2015. In 2020 a partial update was undertaken and published in 2022 and is available on the Melanoma Focus website. https://melanomafocus.org/for-professionals/rare-melanoma-guidelines-and-consultations/uveal-melanoma-guidelines/ While the initial decision was not to update the surveillance section of the 2015 guideline, during the course of development, it became apparent than an update would be useful.  We are therefore putting together a group to undertake this work.

The Guideline Development Group (GDG) will be led by Dr Matthew Wheater, with project management and methodological support and funding by Melanoma Focus.

We are therefore looking for the following:

  • Ophthalmologist who treats uveal melanoma
  • Medical oncologists with an interest in melanoma
  • Pathologist with an interest in melanoma
  • Radiologist with an interest in melanoma and modality used for surveillance
  • Liver surgeon with an interest in metastatic melanoma
  • Patient representatives ideally one representative who has been recently diagnosed and one who has had UM for several years

Ideally the GDG be made up of some members from previous groups and some new members.

We expect the process to take about 6 months, involving 2-3 half-day meetings with most of the work being done via email and video-conferencing. No fees will be paid but travel expenses may be claimed.

We now invite expressions of interest in being involved in this update. It should be noted that GDG members will be expected to give this work the high priority and attend all the group’s meetings. Members will be expected to carry out some independent working reviewing evidence to present to the GDG. Only those who are able to make this commitment should apply.

If you are interested in being considered as a member of the GDG please email Nancy Turnbull, Project Manager at om.guideline@gmail.com in the first instance. We will send you an application form to record your professional details and the reasons for your interest. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2022.

Please contact Matthew Wheater matthew.wheater@uhs.nhs.uk if you have any queries.