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04
Apr
ACCEA 2017 Round Open - BASL support has now closed
News Type: BASL News

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) opened the 2017 awards round on Tuesday 28th February. The final closing date for applications to the ACCEA is 17:00 on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Application for BASL support
BASL will need to complete the process of selecting applicants who will receive our support shortly. If you would like to apply for BASL support please complete and submit Application Form A to BASL along with any other supplementary CVQs available as detailed below:

Form A – Application Form
Form D – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Research & Innovation Assessment
Form E – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Teaching & Training Assessment
Form F – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Leadership & Management Assessment

In addition BASL also requires a short piece with your application on why you feel you should be supported by BASL.

The deadline for applying for BASL support is 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017.

All applications have to go through the ACCEA on line system, however downloadable forms to send to BASL can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

Please be aware that there is a maximum number of supplementary forms that can be completed at each National Level: Bronze and Silver applicants: 1 and Gold applicants: 2. These forms are optional and it is for the applicant to decide whether using them will increase chances of success.

(For use of the Supplementary Forms, please see 'Domains' within the Application form A). Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

Eligibility
As in previous years BASL would be 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.

As a rule, candidates for National Bronze (Level 9) should have a minimum of at least five local Clinical Excellence Awards. Award holders applying for higher level awards or a renewal must specify which achievements have been made after the date of their last award or renewal particularly concentrating on current activities and activities in the last 4 or 5 years, therefore you must date activities.

To apply for BASL support, please follow these steps:
1. Send a completed application form along with a short piece as to why you feel you should be supported to the BASL Secretariat, Judy.Hawksworth@execbs.com  by 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017 for review.
Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.

2. All applicants will be asked to provide the name of an individual who could write a supporting citation upon submitting their application to BASL. ACCEA regard the citations provided in support of individuals as giving added value to the process. The citation MAY be stronger if it comes from outside ones institution.

3. You must submit your own application to ACCEA online by their deadline 17:00 on Tuesday 25th April. This is your own responsibility.

4. If you are in receipt of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation - please can you ensure your application is uploaded at least one week before the ACCEA deadline - before 17:00 on Tuesday 18th April 2017, so that we have sufficient time to upload your citations onto your application on the ACCEA website.

 

29
Mar
BJN Awards 2017 - Winners
News Type: Nurse News

Congratulations to the liver nurses who were shortlisted at the BJN Awards for the Hepatology/Liver Nurse Award:

1st place: Tara Rees
Tara developed a nurse-led paracentesis service for patients with advanced liver disease and has shared her protocols across Wales. 

2nd place: Linda Porter and Sarah Tarff
Linda and Sarah provide an innovative community HCV clinic that has allowed for contact and treatment of a large and hitherto poorly served and socially disadvantaged population with significant disease burden and largely preventable health-economic impact to the wider NHS.

3rd place: Michelle Clayton
Michelle has recently been approached as one of only seven nurses in Europe to set up a Concerted Action Group for the European Association of the Study of the Liver.

Photos of the event can be viewed > here.

22
Mar
BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results
News Type: Nurse News

BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results

A big thank you to all those who completed the recent survey regarding the proposed merger of the BASLNF with the BLNF. We now have the results and I can confirm that 100% of those who completed the survey support the merger.

In the next few weeks I will be back in touch with more details on the timelines for the merger, including the priorities for the new group; launch dates and membership details. I will ensure that this is all as seamless as possible.

The survey has given us a lot of ideas on areas where we need to be focusing on in the future and as always I welcome your input and suggestions.

 

16
Mar
Public Health England (PHE) - publishes their updated report on Hepatitis C in England
News Type: BASL News

Public Health England (PHE) has published its updated report on Hepatitis C in England, the documents for which can be found > here.

Additionally, Dr. Helen Harris from PHE has written a blog to mark the report’s publication. It states that they are on track to meet the new World Health Organisation’s target to reduce hepatitis C mortality by 10% by 2020, but stresses the need for improved diagnostics and case finding.

15
Mar
BASL Secretary Nominations 2017 - OPEN
News Type: BASL News

Overview

The tenure of the current BASL Secretary, Dr David Patch, will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position of BASL Secretary.

The Secretary is one of the three principal officers of the Association along with the President and Treasurer. The Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Association and serves for two years and may be re-elected once.

Nomination Process

Please send your nominations to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com by the deadline of 09:00 Monday 3rd April 2017.

Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting. A member cannot be re-elected more than once to the post of Secretary.

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 Secretary will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017. A handover period will follow leading up to the end of the tenure of the current Secretary.

If you require any further information please contact Judith@execbs.com .

15
Mar
BASL President Nominations 2017 - OPEN
News Type: BASL News

Overview

The tenure of the current BASL President, Professor Graeme Alexander, will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position of BASL President.

The President is one of the three principal officers of the Association along with the Secretary and Treasurer. The President is Chairman of the Association and serves for two years. The President will Chair the annual Scientific Meeting and the meetings of the Governing Board.

Nomination Process

Please send your nominations to the BASL Secretariat at Judith@execbs.com by the deadline of 09:00 Monday 3rd April 2017.

Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting. A member cannot be re-elected to the post of President.

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

The newly elected President will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017. A handover period will follow leading up to the end of the tenure of the current President.

If you require any further information please contact Judith@execbs.com .

09
Mar
NOW OPEN! Core-BSPGHAN Grant Round 2017 Deadline May 1st 2017
News Type: BASL News

Core and BSPGHAN are co-funding a scheme to provide financial support for the collection of pilot or proof-of-concept data that will enable a high-quality competitive application to be made subsequently to a research council or other large funder.

Applications are invited from established investigators planning research studies on any topic within paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. We aim to fund 2 projects with a maximum budget of £35,000 per project and particularly welcome applications in nutrition, obesity and the microbiome.

Further details and the application form can be found > here.

09
Mar
Professor Thomas E Starzl: Liver Transplant Pioneer and Distinguished University Professor of the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh (1926-2017)
News Type: Transplant News

Professor Thomas E Starzl, who passed away last weekend a few days short of his 91st birthday, is universally regarded as the father of liver transplantation and intestinal transplantation. His career defining work as young liver transplant surgeon in Denver, Colorado comprised exhaustive laboratory and human clinical endeavours to overcome the technical, physiological, preservation and immunological barriers that had daunted liver transplantation during an era of hopelessness for the entire field. He moved from Denver to Pittsburgh, setting up what was to develop into the largest liver and intestinal transplant programme in the world in the early 1990s. He converted what was considered an experimental procedure into a standard low risk operation that is currently performed around 25,000 times a year worldwide.

The first and second generation liver transplant surgeons around the world have almost all learnt their skills working with Professor Starzl. His protégés went on to lead a multitude of the worlds’ liver transplant programmes. The other area where Professor Starzl played a pioneering role was in the complex field of intestinal and multivisceral transplantation, where he introduced the use of Tacrolimus and Campath, to overcome the major barriers of rejection and infection.
Professor Starzl remains the most published, most read and most cited transplant researcher in the history of this challenging field, with almost 2500 peer reviewed publications. He held innumerable honours and given hundreds of distinguished orations/lectures worldwide. Of the five books he wrote, The Puzzle People published in 1996, narrates stories on the incredible and brave lives of transplant patients, and their impact on the doctors looking after them.

His work in the areas of organ preservation, host graft interactions, microchimerism, immunosuppression and tolerance were truly groundbreaking, much of which has contributed to the safe and routine practice of organ transplantation, and his work remains one of the main reasons why transplantation became one of the most successful health care development stories of the 20th Century.

Despite these incredible achievements, Professor Starzl remained a humble, resolute, much respected and tireless researcher well into his 90s. His only concern remained the wellbeing of his patients and his entire life was devoted to findings ways to overcome the challenges in delivering these complex treatments for their benefit.

An example of his ongoing contribution was the transmitted lecture on the challenges facing intestinal transplantation at the 14th World Small Bowel Transplant symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2015. He trained several generations of surgeons, physicians, researchers and ethicists. Even for clinicians who never met or trained with him, he remained a source of guiding inspiration, and countless transplant surgeons around the world have been directly influenced by his achievements, for which they will always be grateful.


To follow is a copy of a report from Pittsburgh that shows how amazing Professor Starzl was with an incredible output for a very long duration of time;  Download Starzl_Thomas_PS_00_2016-02-04_1437_24449.pdf

08
Mar
Research - Role of primary care in PBC management: Clinician perspectives needed
News Type: BASL News

The University of Birmingham and NIHR Birmingham Liver BRU in conjunction with UK-PBC are conducting research into perspectives of patients, GPs and specialists around PBC care and potential future changes including an increased role for primary care.

We are looking for gastroenterologists and hepatologists in the West Midlands area to take part in qualitative interviews around the role of stratification.

Please see the advert to follow for further details;  Download Physician advert.pdf

Or contact the study team led by Gideon Hirschfield for more details contact Dr Margaret Corrigan (Clinical research fellow, NIHR Liver Biomedical Research Unit) at m.corrigan@bham.ac.uk.

08
Mar
Alcohol Health Alliance comment on the budget
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the Chancellor’s budget today, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said:

“Whilst we would have liked to see the Chancellor increase duty on the cheapest alcohol today, we are encouraged to see that the government will be consulting on introducing a new duty band for high-strength ciders, which would mean these ciders are taxed at a higher rate.

“At the moment, it is possible to buy a three-litre bottle of 7.5% ABV cider, containing the equivalent amount of alcohol as 22 shots of vodka, for just £3.50. As a result of these low prices, these drinks are a favourite among children and vulnerable groups like the homeless.

“High-strength cider currently receives the lowest duty per unit of any alcohol product, and the government clearly recognises the need to address the anomalies in the tax system which mean that these ciders can be taxed at such low rates. Dealing with these anomalies in the tax system would target those most in need, and would move the tax system towards a more sensible scheme where the stronger alcohol is, the more highly it is taxed.

“By taxing these drinks more strongly, the government will also encourage producers to lower the alcohol content in the drinks.”

 

The 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, contact Matt Chorley, Policy and Communications Officer, Alcohol Health Alliance, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or 0203 075 1726.