The BASL Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2019.

BASL Annual Meeting 18th - 20th September
BLTG Transplant Meeting 17th - 18th September
BLNA Nurse Meeting 18th - 19th September


17th - 20TH September, University of STRATHCLYDE

Save the Date - join us at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow for the BASL2019 Annual Meeting where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students. The programme runs from Wednesday 18th through to lunchtime on Friday 20th September, with the BLNA Nurses Day meeting running in parallel on Thursday 19th September. The BLTG programme runs from Tuesday 17th to Wednesday 18th September. 

Further details will be available in 2019.









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 Nurse 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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NICE - Subcutaneous automated low-flow pump implantation for refractory ascites caused by cirrhosis

News Type: BASL News

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) > 

IQILS Accreditation Scheme - update

News Type: BASL News

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 .

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.

For further information, please visit the IQILS website  or email  .

Enter the 2018 BJN Awards today - Hepatology/Liver Nurse Category - closes on 19 November 2018

News Type: Nurse News

Enter the 2018 BJN Awards today!

The British Journal of Nursing is delighted to welcome nominations into the BJN Awards 2019. A showcase of nursing excellence, the BJN Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering their care.

The nurse who goes above and beyond. The nurse who puts patient care at the heart of their role. The nurse who inspires you. The nurse who drives the profession. The nurse who deserves to be celebrated. We all know that nurse.

Please nominate for the Hepatology / Liver Nurse of the year category

By nominating that nurse, you will not only be gaining them the recognition and reward they deserve, you will be doing your part to highlight the critical contribution nursing makes to healthcare.

Entries close on 19 November 2018 so nominate a colleague today by visitng the BJN website by clicking > here.

Election of Wilson’s Disease SIG lead

News Type: BASL News

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. 

Eligibility requirements

  • 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.

Nomination process

  • Please send nominations to the BASL Secretariat at  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

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.

Join the editorial board of Gastrointestinal Nursing’s Liver Nursing Supplement

News Type: Nurse News

Gastrointestinal Nursing’s Liver Nursing Supplement is looking for a new member of its editorial board. Members of the board play a vital role in the success of the supplement by offering their expertise to review the quality and relevance of its content to readers. They advise the editor on article ideas, potential authors and the strategic direction of the journal.

Gastrointestinal Nursing is the foremost clinical journal for nurses working in hepatology, gastroenterology and stoma care, publishing research, reviews, case studies and opinion on patient care and professional development.

If you are interested in joining the editorial board, do have a look at the formal role description here;  Download GIN Liver Nursing Supplement RD.pdf 

To apply, send an email to Benjamin Wakefield. with a little information about your present role and areas of expertise. You can also mention any relevant organisations you belong to, talks you have given or work you have published. Applicants will be chosen based on how well their expertise fits any gaps in the existing members’ knowledge base.

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2018. 



Lancet Liver Commission Launch Meeting - London
News Type: Other Events

The meeting is to mark the publication of the 5th annual report of the Lancet Commission on Liver Disease. 


Venue: The Kohn Centre, Royal Society of London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Thursday 22nd November 2018

Time: 13:00 - 17:00 

“Living Well for Longer”  - a draft programme for the event can be viewed here >  Download Lancet Commission Meeting 22.11.18 draft agenda.pdf

If you are interested in attending and would like to reserve a place, please contact Natalie Day on:  / Telephone: 0207 255 9830.


BVHG Meeting - London - 30th November 2018 - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

The second British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG) meeting in 2018 will take place on Friday 30th November 2018 at The British Medical Association, Tavistock Square, London.

The BVHG aims to improve the management and study of patients with chronic viral liver disease. The group brings together UK hepatologists, gastroenterologists, infectious disease physicians as well as virologists with an interest in viral diseases of the liver.
The meeting will address the important issues of the Liver including mandatory screening for hepatitis C in pregnancy, is HBIg vital for controlling hepatitis B after liver transplantation? and should Hepatitis C DAA treatment be given to all patients with HCC?

We will be hearing about these from our eminent panel of speakers. Delegate participation is encouraged at the meeting.

The meeting is FREE to BASL / BVHG members (a £40 refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking) and non-members are welcome at a cost of £45.00. 

A draft programme can be viewed here  Download Draft Programme - BVHG 30th Nov 20183.pdf
For further information, please contact Kim Girling at or telephone 01543 442154.

We would like to thank our sponsors:
Premier Supporter: Gilead Sciences
Key Supporters: MSD and Cepheid

06/12/18 - 09/12/18

1st European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists (ECYG) - Croatia
News Type: Other Events

The 1st European Conference of Young Gastroenterologists (ECYG) entitled "Challenges in clinical gastroenterology and hepatology" will be held in Zagreb, Croatia.

The conference is organised by Croatian Society of Gastroenterology and its Youth Section, and is supported by European Association for Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Nutrition (EAGEN), European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (ESMN), European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), University of Zagreb School of Medicine and University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Studies University of Rijeka, Croatian Medical Association, City of Zagreb and Ministry of Health of Republic of Croatia.

The meeting will assemble gastroenterology residents and specialists from all over Europe, and will also welcome residents and young doctors of other specialities who are dealing with digestive health.

The ECYG are offering 5 free registrations + accommodation for gastroenterology residents or young gastroenterologists from the UK who submit an abstract (original research or interesting case-reports) for the conference.

Full details about the conference, including how to submit and abstract can be found on the ECYG webpage here > .

View the programme here > Download ECYG Dec 2018 programme.pdf.


CCA-UK Special Interest Group meeting - London - NOW FULL
News Type: BASL Events

The first meeting of the Cholangiocarcinoma-UK (CCA-UK) Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held on on Friday 7 December 2018 at The Friends House, Euston Road, London. A programme is available here >  Download CCA-UK Program 7 Dec 2018.pdf.

CCA-UK is an affiliate of BASL and is a multi-disciplinary SIG of clinicians, scientists and patient advocates whose purpose is to facilitate collaborative research, enhance service development and raise awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma.

This event is now fully booked.

14/12/18 - 16/12/18

12th Annual Meeting of Pakistan Society for the Study of Liver Diseases (PSSLD) - Karachi, Pakistan
News Type: Other Events

Date: 14th - 16th December 2018

Venue: Movenpic Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan

Theme: Problem Based Hepatology

Further information can be found on the conference website here - .

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