After the success of BASL2019 Save the Date for BASL2020 - 8th - 11th September at The Guildhall in Plymouth. Next year's meeting will include joint symposiums with colleagues from AASLD. 


8th - 11TH September, PLYMOUTH

Save the Date - BASL2020 Annual Meeting - Plymouth. The BASL programme runs from Wednesday 9th September to lunchtime on Friday 11th, with the BLNA Nurses Day meeting running on Wednesday 9th PM & Thursday 10th. The BLTG programme runs from Tuesday 8th to lunchtime on Wednesday 9th September. 

More details will follow when available.










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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ACCEA 2020 – Applications Open

News Type: BASL News

The 2020 ACCEA round opens on Friday 13th March 2020 and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 7th May 2020.

DEADLINE for applying for BASL support is 09:00 WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 2020.

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 2020 round and seek BASL support, you should submit a copy of your ACCEA Application Form, along with any other supplementary CVQs; Research & Innovation (Form D), Teaching & Training (Form E), Leadership & Management (Form F).

Applications should be sent to the BASL Secretariat to Judy Hawksworth at .

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.

As in previous years BASL are able to support colleagues (BASL members) 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 .  BASL also requires a short piece on your work with BASL and why you feel you should be supported by them.

Deadline to submit your application to BASL is 09:00 WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL 2020.

All applications are completed through the ACCEA on line system. Downloadable copies of the application form and CVQ’s will be on the ACCEA website from 20th February 2020 and are intended to help those who wish to work on their application offline before completing online.

2. When submitting your application to BASL, please provide the name and email address of an individual who has agreed to write your supporting citation. 

3. Applications are scored independently by a panel of 3 or 4 members of the BASL Committee.

4. If you are successful of BASL support we 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 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.

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

Further information on how BASL decides whom to support can be found in the document below:
Download How BASL Decides_ACCEA 2020.pdf

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact .

Vacancy - Alcohol Liaison Nurse - Oxford - closing date 11 February

News Type: Nurse News

Alcohol Liaison Nurse - Band 7!/job/v2241780 

Main area - Hepatology
Grade - Band 7
Contract - Permanent
Hours - 37.5 per week
Job ref - 321-SW-ALN-B7-A
Site - The John Radcliffe Hospital
Town - Oxford
Salary - £37,570-43,772 per annum pro rata
Closing - 11/02/2020 23:59
Planned Interview Date(s): tba

President's Blog January 2020

News Type: BASL News

The year 2020 has been designated as the ‘Year of the Nurse and the Midwife’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognition of the contributions they make. The most desperate of problems for the National Health Service is of nursing shortages and WHO’s chief nurse Elizabeth Iro called for countries to recognise that ‘it is the only way they can achieve universal health coverage in which everyone has access to quality and affordable healthcare services that they need’.

Historically, nurses took up advanced practices to serve remote rural areas as a part of Grenfell Mission in 19th century; fallout of World War II and shortage of experienced nurses necessitated formal development of these roles. Internationally, specialist nurses have filled the gaps in family practice as well as hospital residency programmes (Download History of advanced nursing1.pdf). In Hepatology, the role of specialist nurses became established with the recognition of hepatitis C and advances in its treatment. Now nurses lead key services in Hepatology across the UK co-ordinating cancer care, performing transient elastographies, ascites drainage, and liver biopsies as well as contributing to advances through research. Nurse-led services are associated with superior performance indicators such as lower rate of emergency admission to hospitals for paracentesis.

The global shortage of nurses is predicted to reach 9 million by 2030, albeit, Pope Francis enthusiastically supporting the ‘noblest of the professions’ by hailing nurses ‘the most numerous’!

In the ‘Year of the Nurse’ and 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, BASL will celebrate this nursing achievement through an award during BASL2020, 8-11th September Plymouth.

Second President's Vlog

News Type: Vlogs

AHA PRESS RELEASE: Raise alcohol duty to fund our NHS and save lives, say leading health experts

News Type: BASL News

A rise in alcohol duty in the upcoming Budget could help fund thousands of new jobs in health and public services, say top health experts.

In a letter to the Chancellor, the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), a coalition of more than 50 leading UK health organisations, call for an increase in alcohol duty by 2% above inflation to ease pressure on public finances, tackle the harm caused by alcohol and fund our NHS.

Recent cuts to alcohol duty have cost the government more than £1 billion every year – enough to fund the salaries of 40,000 nurses or 29,000 police officers.

Current levels of duty – and the constant pressure to reduce them further – have been immensely costly to the Government and wider society.

Research from the University of Sheffield shows that cuts in alcohol duty since 2012 have led to:
• 1,969 additional deaths
• 61,386 additional hospitalisations
• £317 million in additional costs to the NHS
• 111,062 additional criminal offences
• 484,727 additional days of workplace sickness absence

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said: “Alcohol is 64% cheaper than it was thirty years ago, and its availability at these prices is encouraging more of us to drink at unhealthy levels. It is no coincidence that deaths from liver disease have increased in line with alcohol’s affordability in the UK.  In order to protect the future health of our society, the Government must take action now by increasing duty on alcohol and investing that money into our over-stretched and underfunded NHS and public services.”

Helen Donovan, Professional Lead for Public Health at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Alcohol abuse continues to do serious damage to people’s lives and it is often society’s most vulnerable who are hit hardest by our failure to confront it.  With alcohol-related admissions to hospitals have rising year-on-year in England and thousands of lives continuing to be cut short, it is clear that urgent action is needed to tackle the ill-effects of alcohol abuse.  Increasing the duty on alcohol sales is just one step required to relieve pressure on NHS services; this revenue could be invested in nursing staff and services based within communities that aim to change cultural and social attitudes towards alcohol and provide world-class health protection programmes.“

BMA Board of Science Chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar said: “Despite having a wealth of evidence to show the devastating impact that alcohol has on health, families and society, nowhere near enough is being done to reduce the risks to the public’s health.  As doctors, we see the detrimental impact that alcohol has on health on a daily basis. Not only the impact on physical health, being linked to conditions such as cancer and liver cirrhosis, but also the profoundly destructive impact it can have on mental health.  At a time when NHS resources and staff are in short supply, the extra funding raised from the increase in alcohol duty could go directly back into NHS services, as well as funding local alcohol prevention and support programmes.  Increasing duty on alcohol is one of the wider measures that the Government must take if we are to stop alcohol resulting in more lives being ruined, or worse still, lost.”

Professor Julia Sinclair, Chair of the Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “As a frontline addiction psychiatrist I see first-hand the damage alcohol causes to the health of individuals, their families and wider society.  Alcohol related hospital admissions have reached record levels, costing the NHS millions, and comes at a time when devastating cuts have been made to addiction services.  The Chancellor should increase alcohol duty to protect people’s health and to reduce the increasing pressures on the NHS.”

Dr Zulfiquar Mirza, Alcohol Lead at the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said: “We are concerned by the harm attributable to alcohol in our society, particularly those relating to short- and long-term health, crime and disorder. The brunt of the short-term health consequences of excess and irresponsible alcohol consumption falls on the ambulance service and the UK’s already hard-pressed Emergency Departments.  Many alcohol related attendances to the ED are preventable and hamper the ability of our emergency care systems to look after other patients, so we welcome the Alcohol Health Alliance’s move to increase alcohol duty.”



News Type: BASL Events

The next meeting of the NAFLD SIG will be held from 12-4.30pm on Friday 28 February 2020. The venue is the Clark Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Innovations Centre, Queen Mary University of London, 42 New Road, Whitechapel, London E1 2AT. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones,

Download Draft agenda_28 February 2020_v3.docx.



Liver Biopsy in the Assessment of Medical Liver Disease
News Type: Other Events

Venue: The Royal College of Pathologists, 6, Alie Street, E1 8QT

This course will provide a practical diagnostic approach to reporting medical liver biopsies, focusing on the importance of clinico-pathological correlation in assessing common patterns of liver damage. Recommended for senior trainees in Pathology and Hepatology and consultant histopathologists and gastroenterologists who are regularly involved in liver biopsy assessment (without necessarily working in a Liver Unit).

5 CPD Points

Download a programme here >  Download Programme Liver biopsy 05032020.pdf

Full information and how to register for the meeting is now available on the RCPath website here>  .

12/03/20 - 13/03/20

HCC-UK Annual Conference 2020 - London - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

We are delighted to announce that the HCC-UK Annual Conference 2020 will take place from 12th – 13th March at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London - Tower of London.  

This years meeting will be focusing on 'Questioning Current Practice' and a programme can be downloaded here >  Download HCC-UK Programme 2020 - Web Version.pdf 

Registration is now Open -  visit the conference website here; to read more and book your place. 

Delegate Fees are as below:

  • Thursday afternoon meeting - free to attend
  • Friday attendance - Allied Healthcare Professional - £35.00
  • Friday attendance - Doctors - £45.00

The HCC-UK meeting is directed towards all those involved in the care of patients with HCC including hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, oncologists, surgeons and clinical nurse specialists and scientists.

This year’s programme includes the topics below:

  • Scientific Focus 2020 – Hunter Accelerator Award
  • Multi-centre trials
  • Basic Science papers
  • Change practices for early and intermediate HCC
  • Questioning current practice
  • Oncology – Which treatment and who for

Please do not hesitate to contact the BASL Secretariat at  if you have any questions.

Abstract submiussion is now closed. 

19/03/20 - 20/03/20

Liver-Gut Axis Friend or Foe? Edgbaston Conference Centre, Birmingham
News Type: Other Events

The Liver Unit at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital is celebrating their 30-year anniversary commemorating the opening of the Paediatric Liver Unit in 1989 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Five Ways, Birmingham. 

They are delighted to be hosting a joint scientific meeting with their Gastroenterology and Allied Health Professional Colleagues over two days. There will be plenary sessions in the field of Hepatology, Gastroenterology and Nutrition with opportunities for interactive discussion and workshops led by all their team including their Allied Health Professionals.

Don’t miss this special event to catch up with everyone, contribute to the science and have fun!

Registration and Abstract Submission is Open - visit the meeting website for full information > 

View a programme here >   Download Birmingham Liver Unit Meet Prog 2020 2.pdf


End of Life SIG
News Type: BASL Events

The next meeting of the End of Life SIG will be held from 10.30am - 15.45pm on Thursday 19 March 2020, at Engineers' House in Bristol.

Draft agenda - Download BASL EOL SIG meeting - draft programme 19th March 2020_v4.docx.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones,


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