BASL School of Hepatology 2021 - a series of monthly webinars on a Wednesday evening from 19:00 - 20:00.  Session 4: April 21st "HBV/HCV". Speaker: Dr Navjyot Hansi, Kings College Hospital . FREE to attend for BASL members. Not a BASL member then join > here. Read more and register > here


21st - 24TH September 2021 - PROVISIONAL DATE

The BASL Annual Meeting 2021 will take place virtually again this year and provisional dates are 21st - 24th September. Abstract submission will open soon and further details will be announced once confirmed. Both the BLNA and BLTG are also planning to hold virtual meetings in September. More details will follow. Sponsorship opportunities are available and to find out more please contact .









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 Nurses' 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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Now open: Guts UK/BSPGHAN Grants

News Type: BASL News

Guts UK are delighted to announce that Guts UK/BSPGHAN Grants are now open.

Guts UK and the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) are passionate about supporting research into paediatric gastrointestinal, hepatological and nutritional disorders. Since 2010 we have joined forces to co-fund a biennial grant call.

Guts UK and BSPGHAN have just opened a new grant call 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.

Clinician and scientific investigators, including academic clinical lecturers, based at a UK university or hospital may apply. The principal applicant must have a contract of sufficient length to cover the duration of the research project and must have their salary guaranteed for the duration.

One grant, worth up to £40,000 is available for up to two years to fund direct costs associated with the project. Click here for further information.

The deadline is 1st June 2021. Please direct any queries to 

Liver Health Nurse Advisor - British Liver Trust

News Type: Nurse News

Salary £31,000 (FTE) Pro rata for part time
25-37.5 hours per week
Home based, with occasional meetings in our Bournemouth office, or office based.

With over 30 years’ experience, British Liver Trust is the leading liver charity for adults in the UK. The Trust works to transform liver health through increased awareness, prevention, improved care and support.

  • Do you want to be a part of a dynamic and innovative nurse-led team?
  • Do you want flexible hours, no nights or shift work?
  • Do you want an excellent pension scheme?
  • Do you want to be part of an organisation that impacts liver health nationally?
  • Are you considering a move out of the NHS but have reservations?

Contact Rebecca, nurse manager at for an informal chat

The Trust has an exciting opportunity (flexible hours up to 37.5 per week) to join our dynamic Nurse led support service team. We provide a range of information and support to anyone affected by liver disease. The successful candidate will have at least three years’ experience in hepatology, gastroenterology/liver related nursing, with a good knowledge of liver disease and its treatments, must be a registered Nurse with the NMC and have an up to date nursing PIN.

The successful candidate will be able to work as part of a team that provides a service from 10.00am to 6.00pm on some weekdays (until 3.30pm on others, and not need to cover all hours), on a rota basis, and will either be able to work from home (all equipment provided) or from our Bournemouth office.

Primarily the postholder will:

  • Provide a range of information and support in a variety of formats to anyone affected by liver disease, including families and carers, in a customised, sensitive and appropriate manner via the nurse – led helpline and email service.
  • Moderate our online liver health community forum and provide input when required.

In addition, the post holder will:

  • Work with other team members to provide information on liver disease to the general public and health care professionals.
  • Attend Support Groups, Information Days and support our ‘Love your Liver’ awareness events, including fibroscanning (training provided if required).
  • Keep abreast of research and clinical developments, trends, current opinions, guidelines and other initiatives in the field of liver health and related conditions.
  • Represent the British Liver Trust at sector events.

We are an equal opportunities employer and would be particularly pleased to hear from candidates from minority group backgrounds.

Full job description here: Liver Health Nurse Advisor

Please apply by emailing a CV and covering letter to  addressed to Rebecca West, Liver Nurse Information Manager, explaining how your experience, skills and knowledge make you suitable for this role, with particular relevance to the Job Description.


News Type: BASL News

The Guts UK/Dr Falk awards recognise the achievements of those who bring new knowledge and insight to the field of gastroenterology, pancreatology and hepatology. These awards are an opportunity to achieve national recognition as well as the financial support for career progression.

Awards available:
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 (2019-20).

Four £1,500 prizes for medical students taking full-time science degrees (BSc/MRes/MSc/MPH/MBPhD*) focusing on gastrointestinal or liver-related disease in the current academic year (2020-21).

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 improved patient care. (Nominate your colleague today for this award).

A £1,000 award for dietitians working in gastroenterology or hepatology for initiatives that have improved patient care.
Up to £10,000 is available for UK-based gastroenterology / hepatology SpR trainees who would like to conduct an audit or quality improvement project in any area of gastroenterology, liver disease or nutrition.

Applications close at 17:00 on April 12th April 2021

For further information and to apply: 

* 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.

(Added 01.03.21)

Clinical Fellowship in Transplant Hepatology Post - Leeds

News Type: BASL News

Specialty/Department: Department of Hepatology
Location: Leeds Liver Unit, St James’s University Hospital
Salary: Dependent on Experience
Closes: midnight on 09/03/2021

Applications are invited for a Clinical Fellowship as part of a locum appointment for service available for up to 12 Months in the Department of Hepatology at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. The post is available immediately but flexible for the right candidate.

We are looking for an enthusiastic well-motivated trainee who wants the opportunity to gain experience in the management of liver disease.
With a growing need for doctors to understand and be able to manage patients with liver disease, this is an exciting opportunity to train in one of the leading UK Hepatology centres and contribute to the Leeds Liver Unit’s international reputation for transplantation.

The successful candidate will gain experience in all aspects of hepatology including the assessment of patients with acute and sub-acute liver failure, assessment of patients for treatments such as liver transplantation and TIPSS, patients with a wide variety of complex general hepatological conditions and with viral hepatitis. This is a clinical post and the fellow will join the out of hours rota and have the opportunity to undertake audit and contribute to ongoing projects in the department.

The Department is affiliated to the University of Leeds with the MRC funded Centre for Bioinformatics, the Leeds Institute of Data Analysis and the NIHR funded Diagnostic Evaluation Co-operative.

Candidates should hold full license to practice with the UK General Medical Council and have completed their Foundation Years training or equivalent

Basic salary scale will depend upon experience. An out of hours banding supplement will also apply.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Dr Mark Aldersley, Consultant Hepatologist and Lead Clinician by e-mail . 

(added 09.02.2021/amended 25.02.21)

COvid-19 vaccination and Biomarkers in cirrhosis And post- Liver Transplantation (COBALT)

News Type: BASL News

The arrival of vaccination for Covid-19 is a very welcome development, particularly after the heavy toll on patients and liver services in 2020. However, the efficacy, or potential for adverse events, of these vaccines in patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) or post-liver transplantation (LT) remains unknown. Sub-optimal immune responses to vaccines are common in CLD and post-LT, and thus additional protective strategies may be necessary.

COBALT is a pan-European, large-scale, prospective observational cohort study designed to determine the real-world effectiveness and safety of vaccines for Covid-19 in CLD and post-LT. We invite centres to participate in this effort, co-ordinated by EF-CLIF: .



News Type: BASL Events


Dr William Alazawi is pleased to advise of the next BASL NAFLD SIG meeting

Date: 22nd April 2021

Time: 2pm - 4pm

The meeting, for BASL members only, will take place via Zoom. 

Programme details 

 14:00 – 14:10    Welcome and round up on SIG activities

 14:10 – 14:35    Who will we select for treatment? – Dr Michael Allison

 14:35 – 15:00    The NAFLD Care Bundle – Dr Stuart McPherson

 15:00 – 15:20    The NAFLD Care Survey – Dr David Sheridan

 15:20 – 15:45    NAFLD Registries – which way to go? Speaker TBC

 15:45 – 16:00    Research Round up


Please read the BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer below before registering:  Download BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer_2021.pdf

You can register HERE


Not a BASL member, you can join by clicking HERE

Please contact if you have any questions.


BASL Portal Hypertension SIG meeting - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

To view a programme click here   Download Portal Hypertension SIG Meeting Prog 5 May 2021 v6.pdf


Please read the BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer below before registering:  Download BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer_2021.pdf

You can register HERE via Zoom Webinar

Professor Dhiraj Tripathi, Portal Hypertension SIG lead, invites all BASL members and Portal Hypertension SIG members to join what he hopes will be a interesting and informative meeting.

Not a BASL member, you can join by clicking HERE

Please contact if you have any questions.


Thank you to our sponsor:

'This webinar is supported by W L Gore & Associates UK Ltd. They have had no influence or input into the programme or content of this meeting’.


BASL Virtual School of Hepatology May 2021 - Session 5: Recognising liver lesions
News Type: BASL Events


Are you a budding Hepatologist? Do you want to improve your Hepatology knowledge to help with core and higher Hepatology curriculum sign off? Have you got Hepatology questions but not had the opportunity to ask them?

If yes then please join us for the BASL Virtual School of Hepatology 2021. We are running a series of monthly webinars on a Wednesday evening.

Session 5: "Recognising liver lesions”
Speaker - Dr Sara Upponi, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Date: Wednesday 12th May
UK Time: 19:00 – 20:00

The BASL Virtual School of Hepatology Sessions offer an excellent platform for trainees interested in hepatology, with talks delivered by UK Hepatologists, followed by a Q&A session.

Preview the series programme >    Download BASL Virtual School of Hepatology Series 2021_website6.pdf
NB: Subject to change

FREE to attend for BASL Members.

Not a member of BASL, then why not join by clicking > here.

Registration - opening soon.

Please contact should you have any questions.

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"This webinar series is supported by Shionogi, Dr Falk Pharma UK and Intercept Pharma UK & Ireland. They have had no influence or input into the programme, agenda or content of the meeting’.

13/05/21 - 14/05/21

Liver Unit 30 Year Celebration - Looking Back, Moving Forward; 3 Decades of the Liver Unit
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. 

The meeting will highlight the multidisciplinary team involvement in the care of children with liver disease who may also have gut involvement and will build on the success of preceding meetings.

The aim is for adult and paediatric colleagues joining with colleagues from district general hospitals, local, nationally and globally who all work in collaboration to look after these complex patients to interact with each other on common problems and seek innovative solutions that are implemented in practice.

The programme consists of a mixture of expert views, workshops highlighting changes in management from specialist centre to local hospital thereby reducing burden on patients’ time in travelling long distances and meeting their needs locally.

There will also be a separate workshop session for the allied health professionals to encourage networking and discussion around the complex issues of family support and interdisciplinary management.

Visit the meeting website for full information > 

Registration is free to all and will open shortly.

Abstract submission is open - all abstracts reflecting the 3 decades of the liver unit are welcome - deadline 31st March.

13/05/21 - 14/05/21

AMMF's Virtual 2021 European Cholangiocarcinoma Conference
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

AMMF’s annual cholangiocarcinoma conference facilitates and encourages the sharing of information amongst interested medics in the UK, Europe and internationally, providing an opportunity to find out about improvements in treatments, what and where clinical trials are available. It also provides updates on research and encourages collaboration between researchers and medics.

Register now for AMMF’s Virtual 2021 European Cholangiocarcinoma Conference on the Eventbrite site by clicking > here .

Free to attend for professional medical delegates (including Clinical Nurse Specialists).

Who should attend?  This conference is for all with an interest in cholangiocarcinoma, including:

  • Hepatologists
  • Surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Scientists and researchers
  • GPs
  • Nurse specialists
  • Medical students

The Conference Programme - to see the full programme click > here .

Call for Abstracts – Now Open - deadline: 31st March 2021

There will be a poster exhibition at AMMF’s Conference. Abstracts showing an original paper, trial, audit, case study or a professional experience will be accepted.  For information on abstract submission click > here .

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