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29
Jun
AHA comment: Minimum pricing in Wales
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the announcement (below) that the Welsh government is set to legislate for a minimum price for alcohol, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

Download Welsh government announcement.pdf

“We welcome the Welsh government’s announcement today that it will introduce legislation to set a minimum price for alcohol.

“The cheaper alcohol is, the more alcohol-related harm is done, and at present there is a proliferation of cheap alcohol across the UK. Raising the price of the cheapest alcohol by setting a price below which it cannot be sold will save lives, reduce hospital admissions and cut crime.

“With Scotland also set to introduce minimum unit pricing, it is vital that the UK government now legislates for minimum unit pricing for England too, something it committed to doing five years ago but failed to follow through. With lives being lost as a direct result of freely available cheap alcohol, a decision to delay further will be in effect a death sentence for some of the most vulnerable in society.”

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies.The AHA works together to:
• Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
• Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
• Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 0203 075 1726.

27
Jun
Vacancy - Senior Clinical Fellow in Hepatology - QEH Birmingham
News Type: BASL News

To view the details of the Senior Clinical Fellow in Hepatology post click > here.

22
Jun
Dame Shelia Sherlock Research Prize 2017 - apply now - deadline 4th August 2017
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Friday 4th August 2017

Each year BASL presents the Dame Sheila Sherlock research prize, one of the highlights of the annual meeting. This prize is awarded annually to recognise the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock to the development of Hepatology as a discipline in its own right.

When Dr Sherlock started her medical career, little was known about liver disease. Her work helped to establish hepatology as a medical specialty. She pioneered the use of needle liver biopsy, which had been used purely as a research tool, based on the technique of Sir John McMichael; this improved understanding of the pathology of liver disease and is used in the diagnosis of liver diseases today. The liver unit that she set up at the Royal Free Hospital became the centre for both research into liver disease and the education of trainees in the specialty.

Dame Sheila was involved in the foundation of the British Liver Club in 1961, which subsequently evolved into The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). She was one of our past presidents and the first recipient of The BASL Distinguished Service Award.

In keeping with Dame Sheila’s enthusiasm for fostering young researchers, this eponymous research prize is awarded to young investigators without substantive posts in either medicine or science for their research contributions in the field of Hepatology.

The winner of the award will deliver a lecture presenting their research during the Annual Meeting, 20-22 September 2017. This year the prize is free registration to the meeting, a place at the Annual Dinner at Warwick Castle and £1,000.

To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet detailing the related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of midday on Friday 4th August 2017. 

22
Jun
Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2017 - apply now - deadline 4th August 2017
News Type: BASL News

Deadline: Friday 4th August 2017

The Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award was set up in honour of the late Professor Andrew Burroughs, who sadly passed away in March 2014. Professor Burroughs was an eminent and world renowned Professor of Hepatology and Consultant Physician/Hepatologist and among his many achievements was his significant contribution to liver transplantation.

This year the award will take place during the BLTG Transplant Meeting at Warwick Conference Centre, 19-20 September 2017.

This prize is awarded to young investigators, scientific or clinical, who are in training or within 2 years of taking up consultant positions (or equivalent) and the winner will deliver the prize lecture at the Meeting which will be being held at 11.30-12.10 on Tuesday 19th September, and will also receive free registration to the meeting and £1,000.

To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of midday on Friday 4th August 2017.

22
Jun
BLTG Transplant Meeting - Warwick Conference Centre - 19th - 20th September 2017 - Registration now Open
News Type: Transplant News

REGISTRATION OPEN

The third meeting of the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) integrates the meetings previously organised by each individual transplant centre and will offer a platform for those operating in or with a strong interest in the field of liver transplantation.

BLTG as ever includes the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

There are considerable 'Early Bird' discounts available for BLTG members and the deadline for early bird registration is Monday 31st July 2017.

View the Programme and Register now on the BASL Annual Meeting website for both meetings by clicking > here.

22
Jun
BASL Annual Meeting - Warwick Conference Centre - 20th - 22nd September 2017 - Registration now Open
News Type: BASL News

Please join us at Warwick University for the BASL 2017 Annual Conference where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students.

BASL follows seamlessly from the third meeting of the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG), making it easy for the many delegates who want to attend both conferences. BLTG as ever includes the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

The BASL conference opens after lunch on Wednesday and will explore clinical and liver related aspects of senescence with a distinguished international faculty. A highlight of the meeting will be the state of the art lecture by Professor Judith Campisi (Buck Institute, California).

The second day has two streams: first, the interaction between the Liver and the Gut and second, the named lectures. These include the Ralph Wright Lecture (Professor John O’Grady) the British Liver Trust Lecture (Dr. Mary Ramsay), the inaugural Alex Mowat Lecture (Dr. Sue Beath) and the annual Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize Lecture.

The main poster session is on Wednesday evening with supper provided and the conference dinner (supported by BASL) is at Warwick Castle, a stunning venue, on Thursday evening.

The Nurses Day runs in parallel to the BASL meeting on Thursday 21st September and this year has especial importance as it will be celebrating the launch of the newly formed British Liver Nurses Association following a merger of the BLNF & the BASLNF. This day promises to deliver exciting and inspiring sessions for all nurses working within Hepatology, with the programme including a wide range of topics relating to liver disease and its associated issues and challenges.

There are considerable 'Early Bird' discounts available for BASL and BASLNF members and the deadline for early bird registration is Monday 31st July 2017.

View the Programme and Register now on the BASL Annual Meeting website for both meetings by clicking > here.

22
Jun
Enough alcohol sold in England for every drinker to consume 50% more than guideline levels
News Type: BASL News

New figures published today reveal that enough alcohol is being sold in England and Wales for every drinker to consume 21 units of alcohol a week – far more than the low-risk level of 14 units per week for both men and women recommended by the UK's chief medical officers.

The figures reveal that the situation is even worse in Scotland, with enough alcohol being sold for every drinker to consume 24 units a week.

The data was released by NHS Health Scotland, who also looked at consumption in England and Wales in order to compare patterns across the UK.

Roughly speaking, a regular-strength pint of beer and a 175ml glass of wine both contain 2 units of alcohol.

To tackle high levels of alcohol-related deaths and illness, Scotland is set to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol, which would raise the price of the cheapest alcohol products which do the most harm. The Scottish government passed minimum unit pricing over 5 years ago, though implementation of the measure has so far been delayed due to legal challenges from the alcohol industry.

Minimum unit pricing formed part of the Westminster government's alcohol strategy in 2012, though has yet to be implemented in England and Wales.

Responding to the publication of the figures, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

"These figures are shocking and show why minimum unit pricing is needed in Scotland, as well as in the rest of the UK.
As a result of the legal challenges from the alcohol industry, lives will undoubtedly have been lost in Scotland. We hope and expect minimum unit pricing to be ruled legal in the final court hearing in this case in July, so that implementation in Scotland can follow.
If minimum unit pricing is ruled legal in Scotland, a decision by Westminster to delay would be a death sentence for some, including many from the lowest income groups. The evidence is already clear - minimum unit pricing saves lives, prevents illness and lowers hospital admissions."

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The AHA works together to:

· Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
· Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
· Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA's Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 0203 075 1726.

16
Jun
NICE Committee member recruitment – Alcohol interventions in schools - deadline 17:00 23 June 2017
News Type: BASL News

NICE are recruiting members for one of their guideline Committees.

They are looking for experts on Alcohol to join their Public Health committee to update a guideline on Alcohol interventions in schools and need people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic.

Further details can be found on the NICE website;  https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/join-a-committee .

The deadline for applications has been extended to 17:00, Friday 23rd June 2017.

If you have any questions about Committee membership or the recruitment process, please contact PHMember@nice.org.uk .

15
Jun
BASL Nurse Travel Bursary - BASL Annual Meeting and Nurses Day - September 2017
News Type: Nurse News

There are 25 nurse travel bursaries available to attend the BASL Annual Meeting and Nurses Day which is taking place from 20th - 22nd September 2017 at Warwick University, Coventry. 

To apply for a bursary you must be a member of the BASL Nurse Forum and submit an electronic and a paper copy of the Application Form by 17:00 on Friday 30th June 2017.

Full details can be found in the Guidance Document below and you must apply on the Application Form, also downloadable below:

Download BASLNurseBursaryGuidanceDocument_2017.pdf

Download BASLNurseBursaryApplicationForm_2017.pdf

If you have any questions please contact judith@execbs.com .

15
Jun
NHS England - seeking an organisation to appoint as a patient/public member to its Specialised Commissioning: Hepatobiliary and Pancreas services Clinical Reference Group (CRG).
News Type: BASL News

NHS England is seeking an organisation to appoint as a patient / public member to its Specialised Commissioning: Hepatobiliary and Pancreas services Clinical Reference Group (CRG).

Scope of the Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers: Hepatobiliary (HPB) services treat patients who have disorders of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. A large volume of HPB services are delivered in local hospitals but, because of the complexity and high cost of care, delivery in conjunction with, or at, specialist tertiary centres is necessary.

This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers:
• the management of people with serious complications of cirrhosis (about 3,000 cases each year)
• services for people with complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgery (about 5,000 cases each year), including surgery for HPB cancers
• this CRG works with the Infectious Diseases CRG on services for hepatitis C (about 2,000 new cases each year).

For more information click here - https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/group-a/a02/

CRGs bring together groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers. They use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided. CRGs provide advice on the development of service specifications, commissioning policies, identifying innovation and improving quality.

There will be an honorarium of £75 per half day or £150 per day (for those people not representing or supported by an organisation). This is in line with the NHS England policy.

Recruitment is now live. If you are interested in applying for one of these roles, or to find out more, please email england.voice-crg@nhs.net and request an application pack.

More information about the different Clinical Reference Groups can be found on the NHS England website > here.