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Find out more about the work of our committee sub-groups and forums by clicking the logos below. These include The British Viral Hepatitis Group, British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurse Forum and the British Liver Transplant Group.

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.

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.

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.

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BASL is a multi-disciplinary society with around 900 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions. Your Annual subscription is used to organise the Annual Meeting held each September.

Members of BASL receive the following benefits:

  • discounted registration rates for the annual meeting and other relevant meetings
  • eligibility for the BASL Travel Awards (for members below status of Senior Lecturer or Consultant to allow presentation of high-quality UK liver research at International meetings, including the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease)
  • eligibility for the prestigious Dame Sheila Sherlock Award (to an emerging researcher in the field of liver disease, for members below status of Senior Lecturer or consultant). Applications are usually submitted to the BASL Committee three months prior to the annual meeting - details are announced.

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News

01/12/17 BASL Committee Surgery Representative - call for nominations
News Type: BASL News

Due to the current BASL Surgery Representative stepping down BASL are seeking expressions of interest for this position.

The Surgery Representative will serve on the BASL Committee for a maximum term of 3 years and 2 years alternating and may be re-elected once. The representative is expected to attend BASL Committee meetings (face to face or teleconference) as well as the Annual Meeting in September.

Nomination Process
Please send nominations to the BASL Secretariat at judy.hawksworth@execbs.com by the deadline of 17:00 Tuesday 5th December 2017.

Candidates wishing to be considered for election must be a BASL member and will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting. A member can be re-elected once to the post of Surgery Representative.

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 BASL Surgery Representative will take up their post straight away and will step down at the Annual Business Meeting of the Association during the BASL Annual Meeting in September 2020.

If you require any further information please contact judy.hawksworth@execbs.com .

27/11/17 Vacancy - Specialist Clinical Fellow in Hepatology - University Hospital Birmingham - closing date 7th December
News Type: BASL News

Specialist Clinical Fellow in Hepatology

Job Reference: 304-JSD-B079

Employer: University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - medical and dental

Department: Hepatology

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £50,500 - £68,680

Closing date 7th December 2017

For further information about this vacancy view on NHS Jobs by clicking > here. 

22/11/17 Responding to the announcements made on alcohol in the Budget today, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said:
News Type: BASL News

‘Today’s budget represents a huge missed opportunity for the Government to tackle alcohol harm and protect our most vulnerable.

‘The freezes on alcohol duty the Chancellor has announced represent a real terms cut in duty, and a £1.2 billion tax giveaway to an alcohol industry which has already benefitted from successive duty cuts in previous budgets.

‘The planned increase in duty on some high-strength ciders appears like a small step in the right direction. However, in reality it will have minimal impact. A three-litre bottle of white cider at the newly proposed 6.8% ABV strength will contain more than 20 units of alcohol yet could still be sold for £3.50. This will do very little to protect dependent drinkers and children that consume these damaging products.

‘Furthermore, this measure will not come into effect until 2019 and in the meantime the price of high strength cider will fall because of today’s duty freeze.

‘This strengthens the case for minimum unit pricing of alcohol. With minimum pricing now judged to be legal by the Supreme Court and Scotland and Wales moving to implement the measure, it is important that England does not get left behind in terms of reducing alcohol-related harm.’

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The AHA works together to:
- Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
- Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
- Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 07748 757376.

15/11/17 Alcohol Health Alliance Response to Supreme Court Judgement on Minimum Unit Pricing
News Type: BASL News

Responding to the UK Supreme Court judgment that minimum unit pricing is legal, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said:

“We are delighted with the Supreme Court’s judgement that minimum unit pricing is legal and can be implemented in Scotland. The decision today represents a great victory for the health of the public.

“Five years ago the legislation introducing MUP passed through the Scottish Parliament without opposition. It has taken five years to implement for the simple reason that the Scottish Whisky Association and others chose to challenge it in the courts. In that time many families have needlessly suffered the pain and heartache of losing a loved one.

“This decision has implications far beyond Scotland. Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are now clear to progress their own plans for minimum unit pricing.

“The spotlight should now fall on England, where cheap alcohol is also causing considerable damage. Over 23,000 people in England die every year from alcohol-related causes, many of them coming from the poorest and most vulnerable sections of society. We urge the Westminster Government to act now and introduce the measure in England. A failure to do so will needlessly cost more lives.”

 

Information on the AHA’s campaign for minimum unit pricing, along with facts and figures on the estimated impacts of MUP, is available on the AHA website: http://ahauk.org/campaigning-minimum-unit-price-alcohol/ . 

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The AHA works together to:
- Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
- Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
- Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk  or on 0203 075 1726.

27/10/17 Change to the Definition of Alcohol Deaths
News Type: BASL News

Commenting on the editorial published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology on the new definition of alcohol mortality proposed by Office for National Statistics (ONS), Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, said:

“We agree entirely with the concerns outlined in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology about the revised definition for alcohol deaths from the ONS.

“The new definition will mean that a high number of liver disease deaths where we know that alcohol is the cause will no longer be recorded as being linked to alcohol.

“This reduction will give the wrong impression to the public that alcohol deaths are going down, when in fact the burden of alcohol on our nation’s health and health service is growing, with alcohol-related hospital admissions going up, and liver disease rates on the rise.

“Medical experts across the country have warned that it is premature for the ONS to alter the definition in the way it has proposed. The reasons are technical, but it comes down to the fact that more research is needed on the exact link between alcohol and certain categories of liver disease deaths.

“We recommend that the ONS hits the pause button on the work it is doing to alter the definition of alcohol deaths, until the necessary research has been done. This research could be done quickly and cheaply, in a handful of liver centres across the country.”

The editorial is available by clicking > here.

About the Alcohol Health Alliance UK

The Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA) is a group of over 50 organisations including the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of GPs, British Medical Association, Alcohol Concern and the Institute of Alcohol Studies. The AHA works together to:
- Highlight the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm
- Propose evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm
- Influence decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse

For further information, please contact Matt Chorley, the AHA’s Policy and Communications Officer, at matt.chorley@rcplondon.ac.uk or on 0203 075 1726.

27/10/17 Medical Research Foundation Funding for Viral Hepatitis Researchers - application deadline 10th November
News Type: BASL News

The Medical Research Foundation have recently launched a funding opportunity focused on Viral Hepatitis research. Due to overwhelming demand the deadline has been extended for applications to Friday 10th November 2017.

This funding is aimed at Mid-Career researchers, who are making the transition to independence, and will support research that will increase the understanding of the disease mechanisms underlying viral hepatitis.

This competition is open to all UK researchers at eligible institutions (UK HEIs, Research Council research institutes, hospitals, and other independent research organisations). Applicants must hold a PhD, DPhil or MD and be in the process of, or be ready for, transition to research independence.

There is up to £1.6 million available in this competition and applicants may apply for up to £300,000 to support their research, over a maximum of a three year period.

The application process is now open and the deadline has been extended to Friday 10th November 2017.

More information can be found on the Medical Research Foundation website > here.

25/10/17 IQILS Update
News Type: BASL News

Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS) is a new scheme based on the work of the LiverQuest project.

The project led by the RCP London and supported by BASL and the BSG supports the national strategy to improve medical liver services for patients.

IQILS is run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) working in partnership with the Liver community, the professional bodies, societies and patient groups.

IQILS is open to all liver services across the UK and currently 18 services have signed up and are working towards accreditation. A list of these services can be viewed on the RCP website here; https://www.iqils.org/Default.aspx?PageId=66 .

Should you have any questions about IQILS please contact Madeline Corrigan, IQILS Programme Manager at the RCP at madeline.corrigan@rcplondon.ac.uk .

22/09/17 Press Release - British Liver Nurses' Association (BLNA) Launch
News Type: Nurse News

We are pleased to announce the official launch of the British Liver Nurses Association (BLNA). As you may already be aware, the BLNA is the new national liver nurses group, founded following the merger of the British Liver Nurses Forum (BLNF) and the British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurses Forum (BASLNF). 

After 2-3 years of collaborative working, the BLNF and BASLNF members reached a stage where their aims and objectives for liver nursing were such that it was agreed to unite so as to provide one powerful voice to raise the profile of liver nursing, across the UK.

The BLNA is a professional nursing association run by its members for its members and promises to continue to offer professional support for nurses working within all fields of liver disease. The BLNA will take forward the shared values and strengths from both BASLNF and BLNF and together with and on behalf of its members, will ensure opportunities are available to share best practice, as well as attend educational meetings, with the ultimate aim of improving standards of liver care to all people affected by liver disease.

The BLNA, also promises to continue to maintain and develop strong links with all those professional and charitable groups, locally, nationally and internationally. We look forward to working with you all, in the future.

Kind regards,

Fiona Fry and Michelle Clayton.
Co-chairs BLNA

Events

19/01/18 Cholangiocarcinoma UK 2018 - London
News Type: Other Events

The National Workshop on Cholangiocarcinoma is taking place on Friday 19th January 2018 to encourage clinical consensus and translational/academic collaboration.

Meeting times: 8:30 - 17:00

Venue: Fetal Medicine Research Institute, 16-20 Windsor Walk, Camberwell, London SE5 8BB. 

To view the provisional programme and register visit the website > here.

For any further information please contact cholangiouk@gmail.com .

25/01/18 - 26/01/18 22nd Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology Course
News Type: Other Events

This well established course runs for its 22nd time in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

To read more, to view the programme and to find out how to register visit the website > here.

Should you have any questions please contact: Christine Berwick, Education Coordinator at c.berwick@rcpe.ac.uk .

We look forward to receiving your booking.

06/02/18 Improving Quality in Liver Services Event
News Type: Other Events

The improving Quality in Liver Services accreditation scheme will host a second event at RCP North, in Liverpool on 6th of February 2018. This is for services interested in learning more about the scheme and for those who were unable to make the first event in London.

The aim of the day is to provide further understanding of the scheme and the process. Delegates will have an opportunity to speak to the leads of scheme and to ask questions or advice. Liver services are again encouraged to join the RCP North event where they can network and share best practice.

Date: February 6 2018
Venue: RCP North, Royal College of Physicians North, Level 3, William Henry Duncan Building, 6 West Derby Street, Liverpool, L7 8TX
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm

All interested parties are welcome to attend. Please forward the invitation to your colleagues to ensure all interested parties are invited;  Download IQILS launch event 0.2 Feb 18.pdf

To book a place please RSVP with the names of those who wish to attend from your service to askiqils@rcplondon.ac.uk .

Lunch will be provided. Please include any dietary or accessibility requirements.

09/02/18 - 11/02/18 Advances and Perspectives in Hepatology, Budapest Liver Meeting
News Type: Other Events

The scientific conference is to be held in Budapest, Hungary, between February 9 and 11, 2018 and features many of the leading experts in the field of hepatology.

The programme will address five key topics in current hepatology:

  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which begins to dominate the field as we await answers to fundamental questions in its diagnosis, management, and outcomes;
  • chronic hepatitis C, which is now easy to cure due to revolutionary pharmaceutical advances yet global eradication faces major challenges;
  • complications of liver disease, which will be a smorgasbord of expert opinions on how to manage adverse outcomes and to provide comfort and dignity for the patient with cirrhosis;
  • hepatocellular carcinoma, which is a globally prevalent and dismal outcome of chronic liver disease with slowly mounting hope for better survival through personalized treatment; and
  • frontiers in hepatology, reviewing some of the most exciting advances such as the role of gut microbiota, the power of big data, and the promise of engineered hepatocytes. This carefully balanced program will be delivered by an internationally renowned faculty from Europe and the Americas.

To find out more about the conference and how to register visit the website > here

09/02/18 Infections of the liver, can we deal with them? Birmingham
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

Save the Date

This event is supported by the UKCPA Pharmacy Infection Network and is endorsed by the BVHG. It is designed for pharmacists involved in providing and developing services in infectious diseases and/or gastroenterology and hepatology looking after patients with liver disease in secondary and primary care.

The aim of the masterclass is to update practitioners on common infections of the liver concentrating on liver abscess and viral hepatitis and the management of infectious liver disease in the hospital and community setting. A review of the current understanding of resistance to DAA will enable practitioners to guide appropriate management of viral hepatitis.

Venue: The Studio, Birmingham. 

Please download a flyer here >  Download UKCPA Gastro PIN flyer 09 02 18 v3.pdf

Advanced booking is essential.

UKCPA Members Registration Fee: £60
Non-Members Registration Fee: £135

To register online, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/p34smvn 
For further information please contact the UKCPA office: Tel: 0116 2714894, Email: admin@ukcpa.com, Website: www.ukclinicalpharmacy.org .

22/02/18 Basic to Translational: Current Concepts of Liver Immunology Meeting
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

BSI London Immunology Group presents a one day meeting on key themes in basic and translational liver immunology.

The meeting is endorsed by BASL and is taking place at The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Churchill House, 35 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG.

Date: Thursday, 22 February, 2018 - 09:00 to 18:00.

Further information can be found here >  Download BSI Liver Meeting Feb 18 flyer -v1.pdf

and a programme here >  Download BSI Liver meeting Feb 2018.pdf 

Sessions:

  • Lymphoid Cells and liver immunity
  • Innate immune cells and the liver
  • Novel concepts in liver immunology and immunotherapy
  • Selected Abstracts

Abstracts:
Along with guest speakers there will be 3 oral presentations and posters to be selected from abstracts. A prize will be awarded for the best oral presentation.
Please submit your 250 word (max) abstract to meetings@immunology.org  - the abstract deadline is 18th December 2017

Registration:
There is limited capacity so please register early to avoid disappointment. Register by clicking > here.

Fees:

  • BSI/BASL Members – Early Bird Rate before 22nd January 2018 - £50 / from 22nd January - £65
  • Student/Concessionary BSI/BASL Members – Early Bird Rate before 22nd January 2018 - £20 / from 22nd January - £30.

If you have any enquries please contact the London Immunology Group > here. 

23/02/18 RCPath Conference: Liver Biopsy in the Assessment of Medical Liver Disease - London
News Type: Other Events

This well established course designed for pathologists and hepatologists runs for the 8th time in February 2018. The course is intended to provide a practical diagnostic approach to reporting liver biopsies from patients with medical liver diseases.

To view the programme and to register visit the RCPath website by clicking > here.

Venue: Royal College Of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot St, Whitechapel, London E1 8BB.

02/03/18 BVHG Meeting - London - Save the Date
News Type: BASL Events

The first British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG) meeting in 2018 will take place on Friday 2nd March at The Hallam Conference Centre, 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 and epidemiologists with an interest in viral diseases of the liver.

The meeting is FREE to BASL members (a deposit is taken at the time of booking) and non-members are welcome.

A draft programme will be available shortly on the BASL website and booking will open in early December.

For further information, please contact Kim Girling at kim@basl.org.uk or telephone 01543 442154.

Announcements

We are pleased to announce that the liver disease quality standard (QS152) has been published on the NICE website today.

You can view the quality standard by clicking > here.

BASL has formally supported the liver disease quality standard.


Join BASL Ward Membership Today - £100 per annum for up to 5 members per ward.

Download a flyer for your noticeboard -   Download BASLNF Ward Membership Flyer May 17.pdf.

To find out how to apply click here


Click here to view the BASL Newsletter - November 2017.


Click here to view the Alcohol Health Alliance Newsletter - December 2017. 


Click here to view the NICE Newsletter  - November 2017.

Learning Toolkits

The BASL Nurse Toolkits were developed following conversations with nurse specialists. These and a later email survey identified training needs to help nurses meet the liver nurse competencies. To access the Learning Toolkits sign in as a BASL Member and click on Manage Account

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