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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.
- 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 (2020-21).
- 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 (2021-22).
- 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 will close at 17:00 on 28th February 2022
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.
First Call for Applications
The Foundation for Liver Research has set up a new Small Grants Scheme in memory of the late Professor Roger Williams CBE (1931-2020). This scheme is open to any applicant in the UK.
An Application form can be downloaded from the Foundation for Liver Research website > here .
The closing date for the first Call is 1st March 2022.
For details of eligibility and the application process, contact Natalie Day, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Liver Research email@example.com .
BASL members are invited to take part in a national survey.
As part of the Early Detection of Liver Disease SIG, we are asking if you could take a moment to complete this short survey of attitudes towards fibrosis assessment and use of non-invasive fibrosis tests.
Gathering this type of information is important to gauge what is current practice and where barriers lie to the use of these tests.
The survey takes only 2 mins, and we’d be hugely grateful for your participation and opinions!
Link to survey: here
Clinical Research Fellow
Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist
University of Bristol
Southmead Hospital, North Bristol Trust
A survey of HCC surveillance in the UK was last conducted in 2014, which highlighted some weaknesses in service provision nationally. We are repeating the survey to see if things have changed, and extending the survey to include additional questions on surveillance imaging and secondary surveillance. We have worked with the HCC UK Committee in developing this survey, and the project is supported by BASL. We hope that this will generate a valuable contemporary overview of UK HCC surveillance service delivery, and stimulate discussion and innovation.
The link to the survey is found here > https://forms.gle/U46TZq7oeVfJveAs7
This time we are seeking service level responses (one response per organisation or service).We expect the survey will only take 10-15 minutes to complete, although some of the questions might require input from other clinical colleagues e.g. section 3 is about imaging and may require input from a radiologist. We will acknowledge the lead contributor from each organisation in a report of this survey.
Many thanks in advance for your time.
Dr Aloysious Aravinthan, Consultant Hepatologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr James Franklin, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Christopher Clarke, Consultant Radiologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Professor Steve Ryder, Consultant Hepatologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Professor Shahid Khan, Professor of Practice (Hepatology), Imperial College London
In an effort to further address the unmet medical need in viral hepatitis, Gilead Sciences is launching a fellowship program.
The programme will support proposals that evaluate existing, or implement and evaluate new, innovative initiatives focussed on increasing appropriate Hepatitis Delta testing utilising electronic healthcare systems (e.g. automated reflex testing or pop-ups).
Applications will be accepted from 16th August and 15th October 2021.
For more information on Gilead Sciences Fellowship program and how to apply, please visit: www.gileadgiving.co.uk .
The IQILS accreditation programme has grown significantly in the last 18 months. There has been a rapid increase in the level of engagement from services, committed to progressing with IQILS accreditation. The programme currently has 60 registered services, an increase of 8 services in 2021 alone. 11 services are currently signed off for the level 1 standards; A list of all these services can be found on the IQILS website. Three services will be undergoing a full accreditation assessment in the latter part of 2021.
The programme is also offering registered services, that are not an operational delivery hub for the Hepatitis C network, peer review support opportunities. The peer reviews are taking place remotely and will provide your service with an opportunity to receive feedback and guidance on how to progress with the accreditation standards.
In other news, Dragana Smith has recently been appointed as the new IQILS programme manager. Dragana previously worked as programme manager for the pulmonary rehabilitation accreditation programme, and prior to joining the Royal College of Physicians, worked in the fields of legal practice and medical education.
Registration to the programme is open to all liver services across the UK. If your service is interested in registering, please visit our website to sign up: https://www.iqils.org/UserRegistration/
Services registered to the programme receive access to the following benefits:
• The full accreditation standards
• Access to the IQILS website and self-assessment webtool
• Regular virtual training session on the accreditation process and standards
• Online repository of best practice templates and documents
• Regular newsletters on the programme with updates
• Support from the IQILS office team
Please contact the IQILS team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0203 3075 1508 if you would like to speak to the IQILS team about the programme.
The IQILS accreditation programme is seeking nurse and medical assessors to conduct accreditation assessments for the programme.
The IQILS programme was launched in 2017 and is designed to support liver services in the UK. Accreditation is a supportive process of evaluating the quality of clinical services against the programme’s established standards.
Successful applicants will undergo a detailed training programme that equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge required to undertake the role. You will be invited to remote training sessions, as well as observe an assessment and receive support from the office team. If you are interested in becoming an assessor, please contact the IQILS team at email@example.com to further discuss the role.
The HCC UK Committee is currently seeking expressions of interest for a number of posts. HCC UK is a multi-disciplinary group aiming to promote professional collaboration in research, education and clinical service development for primary liver cancers. The group meet three to four times a year and all post holders will serve for three years and may be re-elected for one further term:
• Chair - will chair committee meetings
• Conference & education lead x 2
• Basic science lead
• Hepatology representative
• Oncology representative
• Surgery representative
• Radiology representative
Any BASL member who wishes to be affiliated to HCC UK can do so via the 'member area' of the BASL website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please send your nomination, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for to the BASL Secretariat at email@example.com . Deadline extended to 17:00 on Friday 13th August 2021.
Candidates wishing to be considered to join the HCC UK Committee should be a member of BASL and will require one BASL member to propose them and a second to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. (Proposing and seconding of candidates is by email.)
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. At this stage a personal statement will be requested from the candidates and the successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.
(Added 13 July 2021)
A number of posts on the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) Committee will come to the end of tenure in September 2021 and we are seeking expressions of interest for the following positions on the committee:
BLTG Chair Elect
Elected by the BASL BLTG membership to serve for 1 year and take over from the BLTG Chair after the BASL Annual Business Meeting in September 2022. The BLTG Chair sits on the BASL Governing Board and is registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL.
Elected by the BASL BLTG membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once.
BLTG Conference and Education Lead
Elected by the BASL BLTG members for a term of 2 and 3 years alternating - this is a 2 year post.
Nursing Representative (x2 posts); Transplant Co-ordinator and Nursing Representative
Elected by the BASL BLTG membership and will serve for a period of two years. The nursing representatives on the committee represent patient care before and after liver transplantation respectively.
Any BASL member who wishes to be affiliated to BLTG can do so via the 'member area' of the BASL website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please send your nominations by email, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat email@example.com by the deadline of 09:00 on Friday 30th July 2021.
Candidates wishing to be considered to join the BLTG Committee will require one BASL/BLTG member to propose them and a second BASL/BLTG member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. (Proposing and seconding of candidates is by email.)
If more than one candidate is nominated for one or more of the posts, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of BASL BLTG members. A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be requested from the candidates. He/she will be elected by a simple majority of BASL BLTG members voting.
The tenure of a number of committee member posts will come to an end in September 2021 and BASL are now seeking nominations for the following 3 positions on its Governing Board:
BASL Secretary Elect - elected by the membership and will shadow the BASL Secretary from October 2021, taking up the role of Secretary at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2022.
The Secretary is the Chief Executive of the Association and serves for up to two years. They are responsible for running the administrative tasks pertaining to his/her function and will work closely with the Secretariat, who are appointed by the Governing Board.
Research Lead - elected by the membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The Research Lead is responsible for basic science, research and portfolio development.
Services Lead - elected by the membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The Services Lead supports the development and implementation of Clinical Standards and the provision of Clinical Services, including preparation and delivery of advice to national health authorities concerning liver diseases.
The newly elected BASL members will take up their roles at the end of the BASL Annual Business Meeting in September 2021.
All of the above posts, with the exception of the Secretary Elect post, shall be registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL and registered with the Charities Commission as a Trustee.
BASL is committed to promoting equality and diversity and ensuring equal opportunities and access for all our members. Please consider joining the BASL committee and help to shape the future of BASL.
Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 23:59 on Wednesday 30th June 2021.
Candidates wishing to be considered for nomination must be a member of BASL and will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. (Proposing and seconding of candidates is by email.)
If more than one candidate is nominated for a particular post, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all 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. Candidates will be contacted by the Secretariat if a personal statement is required.
The newly elected posts will be announced at the next Annual Business Meeting of the Association during BASL2021 which takes place from 21st – 24th September.
If you need any more information on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact email@example.com .
We look forward to hearing from you.