BASL is delighted to announce that the BASL2021 Annual Meeting will take place virtually on 22-24 September. We invite authors to submit abstracts for the event. Full information can be found on the BASL Events page of the website. Submit an abstract > here


22nd - 24TH September 2021

The BASL Annual Meeting 2021 will take place virtually again this year on 22nd - 24th September. Abstract submission is now open and closes at 09:00 on 28th June. Read more here .  Submit an abstract here . Registration will open soon. Both BLNA and BLTG are also planning to hold virtual meetings in September and 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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Gilead Sciences Grant Program Supporting Investigator-Sponsored Research in Hepatitis delta virus (HDV)

News Type: BASL News

Gilead Sciences has announced the launch of a global grant program to support investigator-sponsored research within HDV; HDV DESCRIBE (HDV Epidemiology, Screening and Barriers to Linkage to Care).

The program seeks to better understand HDV patient populations, epidemiology, screening practices and cascades of care.

The program will support individual projects up to $150,000 USD or equivalent sum; projects greater than $150,000 will require approval by Gilead prior to submission.

Successful projects should be able to be completed within 12 months and demonstrate clear objectives, defined timelines, a comprehensive operational plan, and propose data that has relevance to the medical community and policy makers. Priority will be given to studies exploring regional data.

Further information can be read in the program description document available below:
Download Gilead HDV DESCRIBE RFP program description_May2021.pdf

The program will be accepting Letters of Interest between 3rd May and 4th June 2021.

If you have any questions please contact .

(Added 4th May 2021)

Clinical Fellow (Higher-Senior) in Hepatology x 2 Posts - Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge



News Type: BASL News

Main area – Hepatology and Liver Transplantation
Grade – Clinical Fellow (Higher-Senior)
Contract – 12 months (Fixed Term) from 6th September 2021
Hours – Full Time
Job ref - 180-CFH-3673 - for full details click > here

Employer - Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Employer Type - NHS
Salary - £50,017 - £55,790 Per annum

Closing date - 23/05/2021 23:59

For further information contact Dr Victoria Snowdon, Consultant Hepatologist/ Postgraduate Lead for Hepatology - .

RCN FOUNDATION Education Grants Now Open

News Type: Nurse News

The RCN Foundation has opened its spring round of education and career development grants. These grants aim to support those involved in nursing and midwifery to develop their careers and improve the care they give to patients. Grants can be used to undertake undergraduate degrees, postgraduate qualifications and professional training.

The RCN Foundation is an independent charity, and nursing and midwifery staff do not have to be an RCN member to receive their support.  The education grants are for up to £5,000 and open to nurses, nursing associates, midwives and health care support workers who will begin their study between 01 September 2021 and 01 September 2022. Applications close on 31 May 2021.

The RCN Foundation Education Grants are available online at 

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.



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 only.

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

REGISTER - through Zoom by clicking HERE

Please read the BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer below before registering:

Download BASL Events Data Protection Disclaimer_2021.pdf

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 .

AMMF’s conference is CDP accredited, and attendance equates to 10.4 hrs.


Royal College of Pathologists - Virtual Liver Event - Solving the Enigma of the Liver Biopsy
News Type: Other Events

The aim of this 'virtual' liver day is to provide a good grounding for the approach to liver biopsies.

It will also facilitate updates of recent practical advancements in liver pathology and the understanding of more common diagnoses to improve a standardised approach to the reporting of liver cases.

It is relevant to all those who report liver pathology, at both a senior registrar, SAS and consultant level. 6 CPD points available for this one day course.

Visit the Royal College of Pathologists to view a programme and to register for this virtual event: 

To accompany the one day programme a webinar series "Bitesize Liver webinar series" has been added. All the details can be found on the Royal College of Pathologists website above.


BASL / BSG Alcohol Use Disorder Webinar Series - Psychosocial management of alcohol use disorder
News Type: BASL Events

Date: Wednesday 19th May
Title: Psychosocial management of alcohol use disorder
Speaker: Dr Peter Rice, Addiction Psychiatrist, NHS Tayside
UK Time: 18:00 - 19:00pm

This series of 6 webinars (hosted on Zoom) will discuss different elements of the management of a patient with an alcohol use disorder through an individual patient’s journey from initial presentation, through to the development of alcohol dependency, end stage liver disease and transplantation. The overall objectives of the series will be as follows:

  • To define alcohol use disorders and the tools required to diagnose them
  • To define what an early intervention is, how it can be delivered and the evidence base behind its efficacy
  • To outline the best management of acute alcohol withdrawal, the differences between fixed and on demand regimens and the different settings that this can be managed in
  • To discuss the different pharmacological interventions to prevent alcohol misuse or alcohol use relapse and define which populations are best suited for which regimen(s)
  • To review the available psychological modalities used in the field of alcohol use disorders; including cognitive behavioural therapies, 12 step counselling, peer support based interventions, social networking and motivational interviewing
  • To provide brief training on the practical application of motivational interviewing and how this could be implemented in the medical outpatient setting
  • To define the parameter of alcohol history that are assessed to determine suitability for liver transplant with special emphasis of what information referrers should provide to the transplant centre.

This series of free monthly 45-60 minute Zoom webinars will be based on a single clinical case. They will be chaired jointly by the organisers who will start the session with a brief presentation of aspects of the clinical case relevant to that session. The invited speaker(s) will then be asked to deliver their presentation with a Q&A session concluding the webinar. Participants will be in ‘attendee mode’ on the platform and can submit questions through the dedicated facility. They will not be able to speak directly to the panel and cameras will not be activated. The sessions will be recorded and made available on the BASL website after the event. Attendees will be reminded of this fact at the start of each session.

Who can attend?
Members of the multidisciplinary team involved in the management of patients with alcohol use disorders including but not limited to trainees in gastroenterology and hepatology, clinical nurse specialists, psychologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, pharmacists, general internal medicine trainees and transplant coordinators. In addition, we envisage this will be of interest to consultant colleagues. Whilst the sessions will discuss management in a UK setting, we would welcome and encourage participation from international colleagues.

Attendees at each webinar will be eligible for 1 external Royal College of Physicians Continuing Professional Development points. Certificates of attendance will be emailed directly to attendees following the webinars.

Register - 

All enquiries should be directed to Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy at .

Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy, Consultant Hepatologist, University Hospitals Birmingham
Dr Ashwin Dhanda, Consultant Hepatologist, University Hospitals Plymouth and BASL ArLD Specialist Interest Group Lead
Dr Steven Masson, Consultant Hepatologist, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Hospitals and BSG Alcohol Lead

Future Dates:
9th June
Using motivational interviewing in clinical encounters
Speaker – Professor Eilish Gilvarry, Consultant Psychiatrist in addictions, Newcastle Addictions Service, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS

14th July
Peri-transplant assessment and management of alcohol use
Speakers – Sister Liz Shepherd, Lead Specialist Substance Misuse Nurse and SMSLT Chair, Royal Free Hospital, London and Dr Jennifer Ryan, Alcohol Lead, Consultant Hepatologist, Royal Free Hospital, London.

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