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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.
BASL has set up a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are linked to the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (CRN) topic areas. The Wilson’s Disease SIG has been active for one year, with an initial lead appointed by the BASL Committee. BASL is now seeking nominations for an elected Lead for this SIG.
- All nominees should be members of the Wilson’s Disease SIG, as a BASL member or as an associate member of BASL through being a member of the SIG
- Each nominee should have a proposer and seconder, who should also be BASL members or associate members through the Wilson’s Disease SIG
- The initial Lead can stand for election once
- Should a contested election be held, BASL / Wilson’s Disease SIG members may vote in this
- The elected Lead will serve for two years, when there will be a further election.
- Please send nominations to the BASL Secretariat at Samantha@basl.org.uk by 17:00 on 19 November 2018
- If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election, in which all BASL / Wilson’s Disease SIG members may vote
- Should an election be required, candidates will need to submit a personal statement of up to 300 words
- The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting
- Any queries should be addressed to Samantha@basl.org.uk.
About the Wilson’s Disease SIG
The Wilson’s Disease SIG is linked to the Metabolic CRN topic area. The SIG comprises a variety of clinical and laboratory specialists from around the UK, Public Health England and patient representation from the Wilson’s Disease Support Group. Its aims are to foster closer collaboration for clinical and scientific research, provide a forum to discuss and disseminate best practice, and act as a stimulus towards Centres of Excellence for Wilson’s disease. Further information may be found here.
The role of the SIG Lead
A SIG is expected to meet at least once a year. The BASL secretariat provides administrative support for SIGs, which includes creating and maintaining SIG member databases, arranging meetings and associated materials, and arranging publicity.
The role of the SIG Lead includes:
- Chairing SIG meetings and co-ordinating actions to be pursued
- Helping to co-ordinate bids for funding for trials and other research, and linking with the NIHR and other funders
- Ensuring the SIG is recognised and supported within the Metabolic CRN topic area
- Reporting on SIG activities to BASL, in particular via liaison with BASL’s Research Subcommittee.
Cancer Analyst for Analysis of the Epidemiology of Cholangiocarcinoma in England
Accountable to: AMMF/ PHE Senior Analyst
Duration: One year fixed term
Location: Flexible across national bases but post holder must be able to travel to London on a regular basis
Pay Grade: £27,527 - £33,098 (+ London Weighting if appropriate)
AMMF is the UK’s only dedicated cholangiocarcinoma charity, and works closely with Cholangiocarcinoma-UK (CCA-UK), a multidisciplinary UK-wide group interested in all facets of CCA and a Special Interest Group of BASL. AMMF is looking for a dedicated analyst with a strong statistical background and experience of routinely collected health data to work on an important epidemiological project on cholangiocarcinoma. This is an exciting opportunity to work on the most definitive study of cholangiocarcinoma epidemiology to date, in conjunction with AMMF, international experts in cholangiocarcinoma from Imperial College London and Public Health England’s (PHE) National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service (NCRAS).
Please email your CV together with a covering letter (max 500 words) to Helen Morement, CEO, AMMF at: email@example.com. For more information, please see:
or visit AMMF’s website: http://ammf.org.uk/vacancies/.
Closing date: 16 November 2018 at 5pm GMT
Interviews will be held w/c 3rd December 2018
The BASL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are being established to foster, promote and encourage collaborative research and clinical trials in liver disease and are open to all members of BASL.
The SIGs are being aligned to the 7 topic areas recognised by the Hepatology CRN. BASL is keen to set up and establish a new SIG covering immune mediated liver disease and is asking for expressions of interest from BASL members to lead these SIGs for the first year, pending a formal election of post holders.
Please send expressions of interest to Samantha Jones at the BASL Secretariat Samantha@basl.org.uk by 31st October.
Public Health England (PHE) has developed the first ever clinically validated whole genome sequencing test for Hepatitis C virus (HCV) as part of a global effort to eliminate HCV by 2025. PHE will be the first place in the UK to offer a clinically validated test which looks at both viral strain and resistance in one test. The previous test PHE used involved two separate processes, one which identifies the strain and another which identifies the virus’ resistance. The new combined test took over 5 years to develop and will halves the current HCV diagnosis period from 20 to 10 days. This enables clinicians to provide patients with quicker access to curative treatment plans, thus reducing complications of the disease. Clinicians will also see a £130 saving per test compared to the existing system. PHE hopes that as the first WGS test for viruses this will serve as a model for other viruses such as HIV.
You can find out more about requesting a test here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/antiviral-unit-avu-reference-services .
The link to the HCV testing request form can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hcv-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-request-form
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is launching a new campaign calling on MPs to end alcohol tax breaks in the upcoming Budget to ease the pressure on the NHS and other public services.
We need your support! Will you send a postcard to your local MP asking them to increase alcohol duty by 2% above inflation, and to introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol (MUP)?
The postcards carry the photos of six people who have been affected by alcohol in different ways: a mother who lost her 16-year-old daughter to cheap white cider; an alcohol harm police officer with Durham Constabulary; a homeless support worker; two frontline doctors; and a Teesside newsagent. All feel passionately that more needs to be done to tackle the harms caused by cheap alcohol.
Watch these videos to hear their stories, and send your postcard here. Please share this important campaign with your networks and encourage them to send postcards too.
The purpose of HCC UK is to promote the professional collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancers. Its affiliation with BASL recognises the multi-disciplinary nature of collaboration in research and clinical practice needed to lead improvement in the quality of patient care. In particular, HCC-UK, through its committee, shall:
a) Maintain a suite of educational activities across basic research and clinical practice relating to primary liver cancer in the UK, acknowledging the multi-disciplinary nature of UK practice and including scientists, specialist, generalist and trainee clinicians.
b) Be a forum for sharing research initiatives, including the collection of material for national studies.
c) Build links with other health professionals in primary care, gastroenterology, radiology, surgery and pathology, including development of referral pathways that provide equity of access to surveillance, diagnosis and treatment for patients with primary liver cancer throughout the UK.
d) Develop guidelines to promote best practice.
e) Arrange an annual Business Meeting open to the full Group, to ensure that the formal organisational arrangements set out below are adhered to.
The HCC-UK committee meetings take place three to four times a year.
HCC-UK Committee positions
HCC-UK are seeking nominations for the committee positions set out below. Once elected, all post holders will serve for three years and may be re-elected for one further term:
Chair - will chair committee meetings
Secretary - will be responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function.
Conference & education lead
Basic science lead
Please send your nomination, clearly stating the relevant position that your nomination is for to the BASL Secretariat at Samantha@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 17:00 on Thursday 6 September 2018.
Candidates wishing to be considered for election should be a member of BASL HCC-UK, and will require one BASL HCC-UK member to propose them and a second to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.
If more than one candidate is nominated the Secretariat will arrange for an election of BASL HCC-UK members, in which all BASL members affiliated to HCC-UK may vote. Should an election be required, candidates will need to submit a personal statement of up to 300 words. The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.
If you need any more information, please contact Samantha@basl.org.uk.
A Hepatocellular Carcinoma Staging Calculator is now availablle. This tool is designed to aid calculation of the mandatory liver-specific COSD items BCLC stage, UKELD score and TNM stage, which are used to inform treatment decisions. Use of this calculator ensures standardised and accurate calculation of these items. Click here to access the calculator.
Hepatitis C in the UK 2018 report - a copy of the report, press release, infographic and slide set can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/deaths-from-hepatitis-c-have-fallen-by-11-per-cent-in-the-last-year .