BASL2019 will take place from 17-20 September 2019 at the Technology & Innovations Centre, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow.

BASL Annual Meeting - 18-20 September
BLNA Nurse Meeting - 18-19 September
BLTG Transplant Meeting - 17-18 September

BASL2019 ANNUAL MEETING

17th - 20TH September, University of STRATHCLYDE

Save the Date - join us at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for the BASL2019 Annual Meeting where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students. The programme runs from Wednesday 18th through to lunchtime on Friday 20th September, with the BLNA Nurses Day meeting running in parallel on Thursday 19th September. The BLTG programme runs from Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th September. 

Further details will be available in 2019.

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BASL AND BASL SUB-GROUPS

The British Association for the Study of the Liver is a multi-disciplinary society with around 900 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions.

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British Liver Nurse Association is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care.

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The British Viral Hepatitis aims to improve the management and study of patients with chronic viral liver disease, bringing together UK hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians, virologists and interested epidemiologists.

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The BLTG (British Liver Transplant Group) was launched in 2014 to represent the professional interests of liver transplantation in the UK and promote strategic and academic development. The BLTG will foster close relationships with BTS (British Transplant Society) and LICAGE (Liver Intensive Care Group of Europe) and will build on the role of the UK and Ireland Annual Meeting by delivering structure and authority to the group.

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Is a professional pharmacy organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disorders including viral hepatitis, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through medicines optimisation, collaborative and multi-disciplinary working and promoting patient-focused research.

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HCC UK is a multi-disciplinary organisation aiming to promote collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancer. We bring together leading oncologists, liver surgeons, hepatologists, basic scientists, radiologists, pathologists and specialist nurses to lead improvement in the quality of patient care.

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News

Vacancy - Hepatology Nurse Specialist Vacancy Exeter

News Type: Nurse News

Hepatology Nurse Specialist vacancy (Band 6) within the Hepatology Team at the R, D and E In Exeter. This is a permanent , fulltime post.

This will be an exciting opportunity to join an established , motivated team .

Please see the link below and share around your areas.

http://jobs.rdehospital.nhs.uk/job/-v1560560?_ts=6313 

Deadline 22 February 23:59

UKOSS is collecting data during pregnancy for women with Cirrhosis who become pregnant

News Type: BASL News

The UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) is collecting data during pregnancy for women with Cirrhosis who become pregnant. This is an attempt to gather data on both numbers and outcomes of women with Pregnancy and Chronic Liver Disease in the UK.

The data collected so far can be viewed on the map here >  Download UKOSS map.pdf

The lead investigators are Professor Cath Williamson and Professor Michael Heneghan.

The ask from Hepatologists & BASL Membership is to let patients know who are pregnant to ask their local Obstetric service to include them in the data collection for the UKOSS Study. They are keen for liver centres that have still not reported any cases to be involved.

https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/ukoss/current-surveillance/cirrhosis-in-pregnancy 

The Surveillance Period end on 31st May 2019.

Thank you for your help.

ACCEA 2019 – ANNOUNCEMENT

News Type: BASL News

The 2019 ACCEA (Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards) round opens on Thursday 7th February 2019 and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 4th April 2019.

DEADLINE for applying for BASL support is 09:00 THURSDAY 7th MARCH 2019.

BASL will need to have completed the process of selecting those applicants who will receive our support well before the ACCEA deadline date.

If you wish to be considered for a national award in the 2019 round and you would like to seek BASL support, please complete and submit a copy of your ACCEA Application Form to BASL, along with any other supplementary CVQs; e.g. Research & Innovation (Form D), Teaching & Training (Form E), Medical Leadership & Managing a High Quality Service (Form F)

Applications should be sent to the BASL Secretariat to Judy Hawksworth at judy@basl.org.uk .

When submitting your application to BASL, please provide the name of an individual who has agreed to write your supporting citation. Please note: we will need to request a citation for every applicant even if the member is not successful in gaining BASL support, in order to meet the tight deadlines imposed by the ACCEA.

ACCEA regard the citations provided by BASL as important: they give added value to the process. The citation helps clarify information in the application and can put an individual's contribution into the wider context."
Eligibility

As in previous years BASL are able to support colleagues directly by nomination for national Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As a specialist society, BASL cannot make nominations for Platinum awards; this must be done through the applicant’s University/Research Body and Universities UK. BASL can however provide a citation to support an application for a Platinum award.

How to apply for BASL support:

1. Send a copy of your completed ACCEA Application Form and other supplementary CVQs to the BASL Secretariat to judy@basl.org.uk by 09:00 on THURSDAY 7th March 2019. You must be a BASL member to request their support.

BASL also requires a short piece on your work with BASL and why you feel you should be supported by them. 

Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.

All applications are completed through the ACCEA on line system. The link to apply and downloadable copies of the application form and CVQ’s can be found on the ACCEA website and are intended to help those who wish to work on their application offline before completing them on the online system.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clinical-excellence-awards-2014-application-forms  

Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website, including the use of the Supplementary Forms;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clinical-excellence-awards-application-guidance 

2. When submitting your application to BASL, we ask that you provide the name and email address of an individual who has agreed to write your supporting citation upon sending your application. Please note: we will need to request a citation for every applicant even if the member is not successful in gaining BASL support, in order to meet the tight deadlines imposed by the ACCEA. 

3. Applications are scored independently by members of the BASL Committee.

4. If you are successful of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation to your application on the ACCEA website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have completed your on line application to the ACCEA as per their instructions and regulations.

5. BASL will upload their supporting citations separately to their ranked lists. Individual scores are not submitted to the national panel but a ranked order for each award category is stated.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk 

Clinics and Science in Hepatology - eLearning courses

News Type: BASL News

A series of free eLearning courses is now available online, based on the EACCME-accredited meeting ‘Clinics and Science in Hepatology’*, led by Course Directors Geoffrey Dusheiko and Maria Buti.

The courses are aimed at practising hepatologists, gastroenterologists and infectious disease specialists. Topics include:

  • Combating hepatitis C to reach elimination by 2030
  • Current management of HBV – focus on practical patient care
  • Current optimal management strategies for HBV
  • Management of HCV – current considerations

Visit https://connect2cme.learnupon.com to start a course and get your certificate.

Look out for more courses available online soon!

*EACCME accreditation for eLearning courses has been applied for. Decision pending.

 

NB: BASL have had no input into the eLearning course modules.

 

Vacancy - BLNA Committee Members x 4 - Deadline 11th February

News Type: Nurse News

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to help shape the future of liver nursing? Then the BLNA needs you now….

Following the merger of the BASLNF and the BLNF, to form the British Liver Nurses' Association (BLNA), there has been an interim committee in place with committee members from both organisations. Over the next couple of years, this interim committee will be replaced with members nominated and elected by the BLNA membership.

Four of the BLNA Committee Posts will come up for election in April 2019 and as such, BLNA are now seeking expressions of interest for the following posts:

  • Two X 2 year tenure vacancies
  • Two X 3 year tenure vacancies

This is an exciting opportunity for liver nurses to get involved with our friendly committee and share their skills and experience. You will gain experience working collaboratively and strategically at a national level to ensure that the needs of people with or at risk of liver disease and liver nurses are represented at the highest levels in the UK.

Nomination Process
Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BLNA member to propose them and a second BLNA member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. It would be helpful if candidates can advise if they prefer to stand for a 2 year or a 3 year tenure

Please send your nominations to Judy Hawksworth at the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 17:00 on Monday 11th February 2019. Following this time, candidate statements will be sought and voting will take place if necessary.

If more than four candidates are nominated, the BASL Secretariat will arrange for an election of all BLNA members. Four candidates will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.

A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be required from the candidates should an election need to take place.

The newly elected committee members will be announced at the BLNA meeting in Birmingham on 22nd March 2019 and will take over in post from April 2019. It would be preferable if those candidates that are sucessful could attend the BLNA meeting on 22nd March.

Events

07/03/19

BLTG Liver Day at the BTS Congress - Harrogate - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

Registration Open

The BLTG will be holding a Liver Day on Thursday 7th March 2019 during the British Transplant Society (BTS) Congress which is taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre from 6 - 8 March 2019.   

Please visit the BTS Congress website to view the days programme and to book your place; https://bts.org.uk/events-meetings/annual-congress-2019/ .

07/03/19

BHPG Education Meeting - London - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

The British Hepatology Pharmacy Group (BHPG) is a newly constructed sub group of BASL. We are delighted to announce our first educational meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0DP on Thursday 7th March 2019.

The objectives of the BHPG are to provide national leadership for pharmacists working in the field of hepatology and to promote excellence in the provision of pharmaceutical care in this area. The group brings together senior representation from across the country with a wealth of experience in the field of hepatology

Our inaugural meeting will cover a range of topics, with the aim to promote awareness of the pharmacist’s role across the field of hepatology and provide education and peer support to junior pharmacists.

The agenda can be downloaded here >   Download BHPGEducationMeetingAgendaMarch72019.pdf

The meeting is FREE to attend for BASL / BHPG members (a refundable £40 deposit will be taken at the time of booking).  Non-members are most welcome at the meeting at a cost of £45.00.

Non-members are encouraged to join BASL / BHPG. Annual membership is just £20 for an Affiliate member and provides the opportunity to attend a number of BASL events for free and others at a considerable discount.

Register Now by clicking > Here.

For delegates that have some distance to travel reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses i.e. cheapest second-class rail ticket, are available on request. Claims will be processed in line with the BASL expenses policy and available to BASL / BHPG members only, up to a maximum of £100. Please note that any overnight accommodation costs cannot be reimbursed. Contact judy@basl.org.uk for more information.  

Should you have any questions about the meeting please do not hesitate to contact aislingconsidine@nhs.net , h.boothman@nhs.net and Valerie.ross@bartshealth.nhs.uk

08/03/19 - 09/03/19

EASL-AASLD HBV Endpoints event: reduced registration fees to BASL members
News Type: Other Events

BASL members are being offered preferential registration fees to attend the EASL- AASLD HBV Endpoints event taking place on 8-9 March 2019 at ExCel in  London

Full information about the event and how to register can be found on the EASL website here > http://www.easl.eu/discover/events/detail/2019/easl-aasld-hbv-endpoints .

To register as a BASL member, during the registration process delegates must select ‘Delegate - EASL member’ under ‘Visitor Type’ indicating ‘BASL’ under BASL Membership field if you know your BASL membership ID this can be entered here, if not simply inputting ‘BASL’ will suffice. 

Early fee registration deadline: 07 January 2019

14/03/19 - 15/03/19

HCC-UK Annual Meeting 2019 - Birmingham - Register Now
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

REGISTRATION AND ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN

Date: 14th - 15th March 2019

Venue: The Studio, Birmingham

Download a flyer >  Download HCC-UK 2019 Flyer.pdf

Register Now - visit the conference website to view a full programme and to register > http://hcc-uk.org/index.html .

Call for Abstracts - this year there will also be an opportunity to present work from your own centres. Abstracts will be selected by the HCC-UK panel for posters and oral presentations. Submission deadline: midnight GMT 30th January 2019

This years programme will include the following topics

• Viral Hepatitis and HCC
• Update on selection for transplantation and the new allocation system
• Debate on surgery vs transplantation for HCC
• Latest developments in targeted therapy for HCC
• Nutrition and HCC
• Clinical scenarios and Case-based discussion- the role of the MDT

20/03/19

BASL End of Life SIG meeting - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events


The next meeting of the End of Life Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held from 10.00 - 16.00pm on Wednesday 20 March 2019.

Venue: Canygne Hall 39 Whatley Road, Bristol, BS8 2PS. 

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk, as places are limited.

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