BASL2019 will take place from 17-20 September 2019 at the Technology & Innovations Centre, University of Strathcylde, Glasgow.

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

BASL2019 ANNUAL MEETING

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.

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BASL AND BASL SUB-GROUPS

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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News

End of Life SIG Lead - Expressions of Interest

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 End of Life 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 End of Life 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 End of Life SIG

• The initial Lead can stand for election once

• Should a contested election be held, BASL / End of Life 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 Samantha@basl.org.uk by 17:00 on 22nd March 2019

If more than one candidate is nominated, the Secretariat will arrange for an election, in which all BASL / End of Life 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.

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.

Vacancy - Hepatology Nurse Specialist Vacancy Exeter

News Type: Nurse News

Hepatology Nurse Specialist vacancy (Band 6) within the Hepatology Team at the R, D and E In Exeter. This is a permanent , fulltime post.

This will be an exciting opportunity to join an established , motivated team .

Please see the link below and share around your areas.

http://jobs.rdehospital.nhs.uk/job/-v1560560?_ts=6313 

Deadline 22 February 23:59

UKOSS is collecting data during pregnancy for women with Cirrhosis who become pregnant

News Type: BASL News

The UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) is collecting data during pregnancy for women with Cirrhosis who become pregnant. This is an attempt to gather data on both numbers and outcomes of women with Pregnancy and Chronic Liver Disease in the UK.

The data collected so far can be viewed on the map here >  Download UKOSS map.pdf

The lead investigators are Professor Cath Williamson and Professor Michael Heneghan.

The ask from Hepatologists & BASL Membership is to let patients know who are pregnant to ask their local Obstetric service to include them in the data collection for the UKOSS Study. They are keen for liver centres that have still not reported any cases to be involved.

https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/ukoss/current-surveillance/cirrhosis-in-pregnancy 

The Surveillance Period end on 31st May 2019.

Thank you for your help.

ACCEA 2019 – ANNOUNCEMENT

News Type: BASL News

The 2019 ACCEA (Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards) round opens on Thursday 7th February 2019 and closes at 17:00 on Thursday 4th April 2019.

DEADLINE for applying for BASL support is 09:00 THURSDAY 7th MARCH 2019.

BASL will need to have completed the process of selecting those applicants who will receive our support well before the ACCEA deadline date.

If you wish to be considered for a national award in the 2019 round and you would like to seek BASL support, please complete and submit a copy of your ACCEA Application Form to BASL, along with any other supplementary CVQs; e.g. Research & Innovation (Form D), Teaching & Training (Form E), Medical Leadership & Managing a High Quality Service (Form F)

Applications should be sent to the BASL Secretariat to Judy Hawksworth at judy@basl.org.uk .

When submitting your application to BASL, please provide the name of an individual who has agreed to write your supporting citation. Please note: we will need to request a citation for every applicant even if the member is not successful in gaining BASL support, in order to meet the tight deadlines imposed by the ACCEA.

ACCEA regard the citations provided by BASL as important: they give added value to the process. The citation helps clarify information in the application and can put an individual's contribution into the wider context."
Eligibility

As in previous years BASL are able to support colleagues directly by nomination for national Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. As a specialist society, BASL cannot make nominations for Platinum awards; this must be done through the applicant’s University/Research Body and Universities UK. BASL can however provide a citation to support an application for a Platinum award.

How to apply for BASL support:

1. Send a copy of your completed ACCEA Application Form and other supplementary CVQs to the BASL Secretariat to judy@basl.org.uk by 09:00 on THURSDAY 7th March 2019. You must be a BASL member to request their support.

BASL also requires a short piece on your work with BASL and why you feel you should be supported by them. 

Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.

All applications are completed through the ACCEA on line system. The link to apply and downloadable copies of the application form and CVQ’s can be found on the ACCEA website and are intended to help those who wish to work on their application offline before completing them on the online system.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clinical-excellence-awards-2014-application-forms  

Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website, including the use of the Supplementary Forms;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/clinical-excellence-awards-application-guidance 

2. When submitting your application to BASL, we ask that you provide the name and email address of an individual who has agreed to write your supporting citation upon sending your application. Please note: we will need to request a citation for every applicant even if the member is not successful in gaining BASL support, in order to meet the tight deadlines imposed by the ACCEA. 

3. Applications are scored independently by members of the BASL Committee.

4. If you are successful of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation to your application on the ACCEA website. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have completed your on line application to the ACCEA as per their instructions and regulations.

5. BASL will upload their supporting citations separately to their ranked lists. Individual scores are not submitted to the national panel but a ranked order for each award category is stated.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk 

Clinics and Science in Hepatology - eLearning courses

News Type: BASL News

A series of free eLearning courses is now available online, based on the EACCME-accredited meeting ‘Clinics and Science in Hepatology’*, led by Course Directors Geoffrey Dusheiko and Maria Buti.

The courses are aimed at practising hepatologists, gastroenterologists and infectious disease specialists. Topics include:

  • Combating hepatitis C to reach elimination by 2030
  • Current management of HBV – focus on practical patient care
  • Current optimal management strategies for HBV
  • Management of HCV – current considerations

Visit https://connect2cme.learnupon.com to start a course and get your certificate.

Look out for more courses available online soon!

*EACCME accreditation for eLearning courses has been applied for. Decision pending.

 

NB: BASL have had no input into the eLearning course modules.

 

Events

29/03/19

BVHG Meeting - 29th March - London - Register Now
News Type: BASL Events

The BVHG's first meeting of 2019 is scheduled to take place on Friday 29th March in London, at the Hallam Conference Centre.

We are delighted that Professor Pietro Lampertico, a world expert on Hepatitis B and the Chair of the EASL Clinical Practice Guideline on the disease will be joining us to discuss future treatment strategies for Hepatitis B. 

The meeting will aim to provide a comprehensive update on hepatitis B with topics to include include epidemiology, applied virology, treatment issues, pipeline therapies and UK/global elimination strategies.

The meeting title is 'Hepatitis B: past, present and future'?  Topic areas include:

  • Epidemiology Virology and Treatment
  • Future Treatment Strategies
  • HBV Elimination

Draft programme -  Download Programme BVHG 29 March 2019.pdf

The meeting is FREE to attend for BASL members (a £40.00 refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking) and for non-members the cost of registration is £45.00.

To register for the meeting click on the booking link to follow - https://www.basl.org.uk/conference-booking/book-now.cfm?e=42 

Should you have any questions, please contact Kim Girling at kim@basl.org.uk . 

25/04/19 - 26/04/19

Medicine 2019: Royal College of Physicians Annual Conference
News Type: Other Events

Medicine 2019, the RCP’s fifth annual conference, will take place 25–26 April at Manchester Central’s flagship Convention Complex. With over 70 speakers from all specialties, and over 800 delegates attending, this promises to be our biggest annual conference yet. This conference is worth 12 CPD points, and will provide two days of networking opportunities with some of the best minds in the field.

Ideal for all specialties and grades, Medicine 2019 will explore the latest cutting-edge developments in healthcare and focus on how to improve patient care.

- Learn – benefit from hands-on sessions on the latest digital advances transforming healthcare.
- Collaborate – share best practice and expand your network with healthcare experts.
- Develop – find out about the latest research and clinical advances in multiple specialties.
- Innovate – hear from UK policy advisers on the future shape of the NHS.

BOOK NOW: www.rcpmedicine.co.uk .

Want to submit your abstract? We’re welcoming research pieces on a range of topics. Cash prizes available. Submit via the dedicated page on our website: https://rcpmedicine.co.uk/abstract-submission/ 

01/05/19

BASL Portal Hypertension SIG meeting - Register now
News Type: BASL Events

The inaugural meeting of the BASL Portal Hypertension SIG will be held from 12.30-4.30 on Wednesday 1 May 2019 at the Medical School, University of Birmingham. If you would like to attend this meeting, please register with Samantha Jones, Samantha@basl.org.uk.

Download Portal Hypertension SIG Annual Meeting FINAL.pdf.

We would like trainee SIG members to submit an abstract of an audit or project you have done for presentation at our inaugural meeting. This will give you the opportunity to not only present your work to the leading portal hypertension experts in the UK but will also help to foster future collaborations. If your abstract is accepted, we would expect you to deliver a short, 5 minute talk broadly outlining your work and key findings on the day.

Abstracts should be 400 words maximum and sent to Abhishek Chauhan, BASL Committee Trainee Representative, a.chauhan.1@bham.ac.uk, by 31 March 2019

03/05/19 - 04/05/19

BASL - BLTG School of Transplantation 2019 - Cambridge - BOOKING NOW OPEN
News Type: BASL Events

Are you a Gastroenterology or Surgical trainee with an interest in liver disease and transplantation? Then we are very much looking forward to meeting you at the BLTG/BASL School of Liver Transplantation on 3rd & 4th May in Cambridge.

The aim of the day is for as much interaction as possible! There are only 40 delegate places, and we intend for the atmosphere to be cosy and relaxed!

Average feedback score for the 2018 school 4.7/5 (5 being excellent) - "excellent meeting", "case studies were excellent", "great topics".

If you are looking to expand your CV, there are multiple opportunities in the programme to do so! We require 7 enthusiastic individuals to present the cases for the multidisciplinary case based discussions, with discussion led by supervising consultants. In addition, we need 2 argumentative souls for the trainee led debate on liver transplantation for acute alcoholic hepatitis. On all counts this will require a small amount of preparation in advance.

If you would like to participate formally, please could you let me (Dr Jo Leithead) know by email at joanna.leithead@addenbrookes.nhs.uk . Participants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


Delegate information:

The event is FREE to attend for BASL / BLTG members (a refundable deposit is taken at the time of booking) and is primarily aimed at SpRs and Doctors in Training. It is a residential meeting and runs over 2 days from Friday lunchtime to Saturday afternoon. 

A draft programme can be downloaded here >   Download BASL BLTG Transplant School 2019_Draft programme.pdf

To book your place either click on the link below or the following linkhttps://www.basl.org.uk/conference-booking/book-now.cfm?e=44 .

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kim Girling at kim@basl.org.uk or telephone 01543 442154. 

08/05/19 - 10/05/19

AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Conference - London Stansted Airport
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The AMMF’s Cholangiocarcinoma Conference 2019 is dedicated exclusively to cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) – with international speakers presenting what’s new in treatments and clinical trials, updates on the cholangiocarcinoma research that AMMF is supporting, and more. Plus, there will be plenty of time for networking and one to one conversations with world-class specialists.

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, very close to London Stansted Airport. 

This conference is for everyone with an interest in cholangiocarcinoma, including:

• Radiologists
• Surgeons
• Gastroenterologists
• Hepatologists
• Scientists and researchers
• GPs
• Nurse specialists
• Pharmaceutical companies
• Patients, their families and friends
• AMMF’s supporters and fundraisers

Visit the AMMF conference website for full information and to register by clicking > here

CPD Accreditation has been applied for.

 

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