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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Are you ready you ready to lead a professional group of liver nurses on the next leg of their exciting journey?
Following the merger of the BASLNF & BLNF to form the BLNA, the co-chair positions are coming to the end of tenure and the BLNA are now seeking nominations/expressions of interest for the post of Chair of the British Liver Nurses’ Association.
The BLNA is a professional group with the BASL family and is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through:
• the advancement of good clinical practice in the care of individuals with, or at risk of liver disease;
• the promotion and dissemination of patient-focussed research;
• the provision of educational support and educational opportunities in the field of hepatology;
• the promotion of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with liver disease.
BLNA aims to offer support for all nurses who care for all people with or at risk of developing liver disease. Nurse members of BASL currently include nurses working within gastroenterology wards and liver units, the community, research, paediatrics and transplant, but with one common goal - to improve care for those with and at risk of liver disease.
The BLNA Chair is elected by the BLNA membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once.
The BLNA Chair sits on the BASL Committee and shall be registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL and registered with the Charities Commission as a Trustee.
Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BASL or BLNA member to propose them and a second member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.
Please send your nominations to Judy Hawksworth at the BASL Secretariat at email@example.com by 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 one candidate is nominated, the BASL Secretariat will arrange for an election of all BLNA members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting.
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 post holder will be announced at the BLNA meeting in Birmingham on 22 March 2019, which they should endeavour to attend; will start in post in April, and take over the full role at the BASL Annual Meeting in September. The new Chair will be supported by the outgoing co-Chair with a handover period.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Two grants of up to £40,000 each are available for research studies on any topic within the spectrum of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.
These awards are envisaged as development grants 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, such as the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
The grant call is open to clinician and scientist investigators, including Academic Clinical Lecturers, based at a UK university or hospital. The principal applicant must have a contract of sufficient length to cover the duration of the research project. At the time of applying the principal applicant must have their salary guaranteed for the entire period of the research project. This award is not for a fellowship; the principal applicant must not be a fellow though co-applicants may be. Funding will be available only in the UK. Only the direct costs associated with the project will be funded. Overhead allocation or other indirect costs, and salary of applicants which are already covered by other funding, will not be allowed. Equipment or capital costs will not be funded either. The maximum duration of the projects should be 24 months.
For further information and to apply: https://gutscharity.org.uk/research/grants-and-awards/guts-uk-bspghan-grants/
Deadline: 5pm 2nd April 2019. The awards will be announced in early June.
If you have any queries about these awards please contact: Alice Kington, Finance and Research Manager at Guts UK . Telephone: 020 7563 9994. E-mail: email@example.com .
The Guts UK/Dr Falk Awards recognise the achievements of those who bring new insight to gastroenterology and hepatology, and the collaboration that furthers patient care. For those committed to furthering research or improving patient care these awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression. This year colleagues may nominate a nurse for the Nurse Prize.
A £1,000 prize for the best essay on gastroenterology or hepatology research personally undertaken by medical students who were on an intercalated BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD* course during the previous academic year (2017/18)
Four £1,500 prizes for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD*) focusing on research into gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2018/19)
Two £2,500 awards for F1/F2 doctors to facilitate prospective research in an area relevant to gastroenterology or hepatology
A £1,000 award for primary and secondary care gastrointestinal/liver nurses for initiatives that have advanced patient care
A £1,000 award for dietitians working in the gastrointestinal / liver field for initiatives that have advanced or improved patient care
SpR Trainee Audit/Quality Improvement Awards Up to £10,000 is available for UK-based gastroenterology / hepatology specialty trainees who would like to conduct an audit or quality improvement project in any area of gastroenterology, liver disease or nutrition.
The application deadline is 5pm on Monday 4th March 2019
Applications received after this time will not be considered.
For further information and to apply: https://gutscharity.org.uk/research/grants-and-awards/the-guts-uk-dr-falk-awards/
* PhD students should note that they may apply for the medical student prize only once during their three-year studentship and that they may apply for the essay prize when their PhD has been completed.
Applications are invited for a 3 year funded Clinical Research Fellow post for an individual to undertake a PhD in the field on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and regenerative medicine using state of the art techniques, working with Dr Michael Allison in the Liver Unit, Cambridge BRC, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Professor Ludovic Vallier at the MRC Stem Cell Institute and Sanger Centre. Applicants are expected to be at the Speciality Registrar level with previous Hepatology experience. Participation in the on-call Hepatology rota is essential at a frequency to be discussed. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to attend all the educational opportunities the Liver Transplant Unit, the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre and the Campus offers.
For further information, please contact Dr Michael Allison - firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, is recruiting Hepatology Fellow(s).
The successful candidate(s) should be completing advanced training in Gastroenterology/Hepatology and have a strong interest in clinical/basic research. The selected candidate will participate in outpatient clinical services for management of liver disease especially viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and will also contribute to the junior medical staff education program. Clinical research opportunities include many aspects of chronic liver disease, particularly related to NAFLD and integrated care. Basic research opportunities include investigation of liver repair/regeneration and innate immune function.
For further information or expressions of interest, please contact: Prof Elizabeth Powell, Director, Centre for Liver Disease Research and Hepatologist, Translational Research Institute on Tel No: 61 7 34438015 or email@example.com .
The commencement is February 2019 however this is negotiable.
Protecting and improving the nation’s health.
New, more effective treatments are available for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can improve outcomes and cure the infection in most people.
To ensure as many eligible people as possible are treated, Public Health England is supporting the NHS in contacting people – and informing their GPs – if they have been diagnosed with HCV in the past but may not have cleared their infection. These patients will be offered a test to determine whether or not they have the active infection and, if so, will then be assessed for treatment.
Some people may be aware of their diagnosis and have cleared the infection spontaneously (1 in 5 people do) or have been successfully treated. However, if anyone is unsure of their HCV status and thinks they may be at risk, they should contact their GP to arrange testing.
Read the PHE and NHSE press release here > Download FINAL-4 HCV Monitoring Report Nov 18.pdf
For more information on HCV please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c/
You can find the new PHE treatment report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-c-treatment-monitoring-in-england
You can find assets for the reengagement exercise here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-c-patient-re-engagement-exercise
The final guidance for subcutaneous automated low-flow pump implantation for refractory ascites caused by cirrhosis is now available on the NICE website (November 2018) > https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/published .
The IQILS accreditation scheme (Improving Quality in Liver Services) has now been operational for over a year. 2018 has been a busy year for the scheme, with 36 services registered to date.
A full list and map of those registered can be found on the website. Services across Wales, Northern Ireland and England are included in those registered. A few early bird discounts, available for smaller services, kindly supported by BASL, are still available. If your service would be interested in this, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The second service training day for registered services is being held in London on 29 January 2019. The day is designed for services that would like to learn more about the accreditation standards and the accreditation process. For further information, please contact the team.
Following an assessor training day held in September, the first batch of assessors have been recruited and trained. Wales is leading the way in improving liver services and with the help of an initiative funded by the Welsh government, with two peer review visits taking place in November 2018. The scheme is going from strength to strength and our hope is that we have more services registering with the scheme. Registration is open to all liver services across the UK.