DSMIG membership is open to healthcare professionals who can demonstrate a special interest in Down Syndrome. Currently (November 2014) DSMIG has around 160 members. Most are from the UK and Ireland but some are from further afield. To date the membership as a whole has contributed to all DSMIG initiatives. These include development of the Down syndrome insert for the PCHR; the DSMIG guidelines for basic essential clinical surveillance, and the UK Down syndrome growth charts. We would like all members to take an active part in the work of DSMIG e.g development of resources, participation in meeting organisation, participation in research etc.
All new members need to be sponsored or approved by a steering group member. If you do not currently have any links with a Steering group member please contact us to discuss your application.
Associate Membership is open to non healthcare professionals working with national groups who support people with Down syndrome. We also welcome students and researchers in the field in this membership category. Please contact us to discuss further if you are interested.
Members have password access to the dedicated members area of the website. Information from meetings presentations and minutes is posted on this section of the site, particularly for those members who cannot attend meetings on a regular basis. Members also have access to a directory of members contact details, areas of special interest and Down Syndrome clinics and associated work.
We hold two meetings every year. One in London and one at a regional venue. Part of each meeting is for members only and includes the AGM/business meeting and roundtable clinical discussion. The open part of the meeting includes specialist presentations and a number of short presentations about research in progress/audit findings etc. The meetings are accredited for CPD with the RCPCH. They are informal and interactive. Meeting fees are held at the minimum necessary to cover costs. Details of forthcoming meetings are advertised on the Meetings page.
We run an information service for healthcare professionals. Its many resources include a confidential database of interested healthcare professionals both members and non-members who can advise about clinical problems and about services available in different geographical areas.
The annual membership fee is £30.