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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 Association for the Study of the Liver Nurse Forum 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

27/07/17 Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) Medical Care has been published today
News Type: BASL News

The latest version of the Royal College of Physician’s (RCP) Medical Care has been published today.

Medical Care is a web based planning resource produced by RCP in partnership with UK’s medical specialty societies. The updated version includes further information on workforce and medical specialty specific job planning and additional content on diabetes and endocrinology services.

Medical Care is a valuable resource for clinicians and managers working in the NHS. The resource provides support for:

· Designing services – this includes a short description of the specialty and the patient population, and a summary of the workforce needs to support service provision
· Developing physicians – which includes information on the education, training and continuing professional development, workforce and job planning for physicians
· Improving quality and medical leadership – By exploring the latest ideas on how to develop physicians and teams.

The resource can be found by clicking > here or at www.rcpmedicalcare.org.uk.  

For queries please contact medicalcare@rcplondon.ac.uk

26/07/17 The Financial Case for Action on Liver Disease - report
News Type: BASL News

The Lancet Commission into Liver Disease in the UK has published 'The Financial Case for Action on Liver Disease' report. 

Read the report here; Download Financialcaseforactiononliverdiseasepaper.pdf

The alcohol section contains new data on the impact of minimum unit pricing, outlining that within 5 years of introducing MUP in England there would be:
• 1,150 fewer alcohol-related deaths
• 74,500 fewer alcohol-related hospital admissions
• Savings of £325.7m in healthcare costs
• Savings of £710.9m in crime costs.

24/07/17 Information on Clinical Guidelines about PBC
News Type: BASL News

Read the advice for managing patients with PBC who are unresponsive to UDCA below.

Download Advice for second line therapy for PBC.pdf

20/07/17 BVHG/BASL/BSG/BHIVA/BIA/CVN Guidelines for management of chronic HCV infection
News Type: BASL News

Following the Clinical Consensus on HCV Therapies 2017 meeting held in Birmingham on 30th June 2017, the BVHG/BASL/BSG/BHIVA/BIA/CVN Guidelines for management of chronic HCV infection report is now available to download.

Download BVHG BASL BSG BHIVA BIA CVN Approved Guidelines Final For Publication.pdf

20/07/17 Pocket Money Prices For Alcohol Continue 1 Year On
News Type: BASL News

Just days before the UK Supreme Court hears a case to decide whether introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol is legal, a survey published today shows that cheap, strong alcohol continues to be sold for pocket money prices up and down the country.

One year ago, a survey of alcohol prices across the UK found an abundance of cheap drinks being sold in shops and supermarkets, with high-strength cider available at the lowest prices.

A follow up review carried out this month in England, Scotland and Wales has found that these cheap prices remain largely unchanged, with products across the market still falling well below the 50p per unit mark recommended by health and alcohol bodies.

Both price reviews were carried out by the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), a group of medical royal colleges, alcohol organisations and health bodies. In this year’s review, the AHA found that cider continued to be sold at the lowest prices overall, with 3-litre bottles of 7.5% ABV cider (containing the equivalent of 22 shots of vodka) moving from £3.49 in 2016 to just £3.59 in 2017 (or 16p per unit).

At that price, for the cost of a small latte in Starbucks it is possible to buy more alcohol than the weekly recommended limit of alcohol.

The cheapest wine surveyed in 2016 was found to be even cheaper in 2017, and available for just 31p per unit.

Cheap, high-strength alcohol is known to be predominantly drunk by the most vulnerable groups, including children and the homeless, and a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p per unit was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, only to be held up by a legal challenge from sections of the alcohol industry. The Welsh government recently announced it will legislate for minimum unit pricing, and the Northern Ireland Executive has also expressed its desire to implement the policy.

The AHA said that today’s figures provide yet more evidence for the need for minimum unit pricing to be introduced across the UK.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), said:

“It is frankly unacceptable that it is possible to buy enough alcohol to exceed the new recommended alcohol guidelines for the price of a high street coffee. We need minimum unit pricing for alcohol so that the damage being done by the cheapest products to the most vulnerable in society can be brought to an end. We hope and expect that following the hearing on minimum unit pricing next week, Scotland will be given the green light to introduce the policy.

“With the recent announcement that the Welsh government also intends to legislate for minimum pricing, and a previous commitment to MUP from the Northern Ireland Executive, it is imperative that the UK government now legislates for MUP, so that England does not get left behind the rest of the UK. The Westminster government expressed its intention to introduce minimum pricing five years ago, but has still not delivered on this commitment.

“The evidence is clear – minimum unit pricing would save lives, reduce hospital admissions and cut crime. In addition, it would disproportionately benefit the poorest groups. Studies show that 8 out of 10 lives saved through minimum pricing would come from the lowest income groups.

“With alcohol-related hospital admissions at record highs, and liver disease rates on the rise, we can’t afford for alcohol to remain at such low prices.”

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.

20/07/17 NICE - Recruitment to the Quality Standard Advisory Committee for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing premature mortality
News Type: BASL News

NICE are looking for experts on Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing premature mortality to join our Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC).

• GP working with Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities
• Health inequalities lead from Clinical Commissioning Group/Local Authority with a focus on ethnicity
• Community nurse working with Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities
• Public Health consultant with a focus on ethnicity and health inequalities
• Local authority commissioner with experience of commissioning services for Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups

Information on the posts is available on the NICE website here.

The deadline for applications is 4 August 2017 at 17.00.

05/07/17 Research for all: Sharing good practice in research management
News Type: BASL News

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and NHS R&D Forum launches its new report Research for all: Sharing good practice in research management.

Download RD good practice report_WEB_case-studies.pdf

Following the publication of Research for all by the RCP in 2016 this follow up report outlines the conditions needed to support research directors, managers, clinical and non-clinical staff and, ultimately, patients.

By way of over 50 case studies the report builds upon the recommendations for collaboration and provides real world examples of good practice to inspire both doctors and researchers alike.

The examples of good practice from NHS organisations around the country aim to help build the knowledge base for all involved in research. By recognising and addressing barriers to pursuing research, the report encourages both doctors and R&D departments to underpin research as a core activity and demonstrate how it is everyone’s responsibility.

For more information please the RCP https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/ .

05/07/17 BASL Commitee Trainee Representative - Expressions of Interest
News Type: BASL News

The tenure of the current BASL Trainee Representative will come to an end in September 2017. As such, BASL are now seeking expressions of interest for the position.

To apply for the position you must be a BASL Medically Qualified Member in Training and hold a national training number (NTN). The position is open to all trainees who are at least 24 months pre-CCT from September 2017.

The Trainee Representative will serve on the BASL Committee for a maximum of 2 years. They are expected to comment on all issues pertaining to training to ensure that trainee views are heard, to ensure that the annual meeting and schools of Hepatology meet trainees needs and in addition to attend BASL Committee meetings (face to face or teleconference) as well as the Annual Meeting. A working knowledge of Twitter is desirable and a strong link with the BSG trainee representative is helpful.

Application Process

Please send your expressions of interest to the BASL Secretariat at Judith@execbs.com by the deadline of 17:00 Monday 17 July.

Emails should clearly have as the subject: BASL Trainee Representative Post 2017.

Candidates wishing to be considered for the post are required to provide a short personal statement containing no more than approx. 250 words explaining why you want to be the BASL Trainee Representative and what relevant skills or training you have. The personal statement should accompany your expressions of interest email where possible.

A panel comprising of three BASL committee members will review and score the applications to select the successful applicant.

The new Trainee Representative will take up their position at the next Business Meeting of the Association during the Annual Meeting in September 2017.

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

Events

31/08/17 - 01/09/17 International Conference on Chronic Diseases - Brussels, Belgium
News Type: Other Events

For more details of the conference visit the official website – here.

31/08/17 - 02/09/17 International Advanced Endoscopy Masterclass (AEM)
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The Royal Free International Advanced Endoscopy Masterclass is a comprehensive, major educational event with the participation of a stellar faculty of highly acclaimed international and national speakers to showcase the state-of-the-art of advanced endoscopy.

The Royal Free International Advanced Endoscopy Masterclass shall be held at the elegant and spacious home of the Royal Society of Medicine in the heart of central London and shall consist of 2 full days of didactic and interactive lectures (including dedicated hepatology and neuro-endocrine symposia) followed by a day of hands-on endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) training on tissue models with international experts. The ESD hands-on course shall run in parallel with a state-of-the-art IBD post-graduate symposium.

Further information - http://londonendoscopymasterclass.com/

05/09/17 - 06/09/17 International Symposium: Liver Transplantation & Liver Research - Birmingham
News Type: Other Events

Join us on 5th-6th September 2017 to help celebrate 5000 Liver Transplants and 30 years of Liver Research in Birmingham.

Keynote speakers will include internationally renowned pioneers of liver transplantation and experts in liver disease.

There will be parallel specialist sessions for basic scientists, nursing staff and allied health professionals.

Abstract submissions are being accepted for the poster sessions during the conference.

We would like to invite all trainees, international fellows, researchers and all other colleagues who have contributed to this success, to get together, share our experiences and discuss the future of liver transplantation and liver research in a scientific forum.

Registration and abstract submission details are available on the website > here.

Venue: Medical School University of Birmingham

19/09/17 - 20/09/17 BLTG Transplant Meeting - 19-20 September 2017 - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

Venue - Warwick Conference Centre at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

As an affiliate of BASL, the BTLG has built on the role of the UK and Ireland Annual Meeting and will integrate the meetings previously organised by each individual transplant centre to offer a central stage for those operating in or with a strong interest in the field of liver transplantation.

The third meeting of the Britsh Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) takes place on Tuesday 19th September and carries over to the morning of Wednesday 20th September before the BASL Annual Meeting starts at lunchtime on the Wednesday.

Highlights of the meeting include the ‘Williams-Calne Lecture’, given this year by Professor Peter Friend (Oxford). An additional highlight is the state of the art lecture by Professor Geoff McCaughan (Sydney).

A copy of the draft programme can be viewed here: Download BLTG Transplant Meeting 2017 - Draft Programme.pdf

For full details about the BLTG Transplant Meeting visit the BASL Annual Meeting 2017 website - here.

REGISTRATION OPEN

The BLTG Transplant Meeting registrations are now live with 'Early Bird' discounts available.

To register now click - here.

DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: MONDAY 31st JULY 2017.

20/09/17 - 21/09/17 World Gastroenterological Conference - Philadelphia,USA
News Type: Other Events

The World Gastroenterological Conference is taking place on 20-21 September 2017 in Philadelphia, USA.

Gastro 2017 will be structured around the theme “Advancing the science of gastroenterology and patient care” and is directed to Gastroenterologists, Surgeons, Care doctors, Faculties, Gastrointestinal fellows, Delegates. Our goal is to enhance the knowledge as well as to emphasize novel discoveries in the research and practice of Gastroenterology and Digestive diseases. It is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions and workshop on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in gastroenterology.

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport
4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153

To find out more information about the event visit the conference website > here.

BASL members have been offered an exclusive discount on registration fees and 2 nights accommodation for the cost of $799 USD. Please contact gastro@alliedconferences.org for further information.

To register for the event click here and enter the following discount code: WGC106.

20/09/17 - 22/09/17 BASL Annual Meeting - 20-22 September 2017 - Registration Open
News Type: BASL Events

Venue: Warwick Conference Centre at the University of Warwick, Coventry.

The BASL Annual Meeting is the highlight of the BASL calendar and the main liver meeting in the UK. This year we hope to attract in excess of 500 delegates, where all of us interested in liver disease will share time whether we are clinicians, nurses, basic scientists, pharmacists, working in industry or students.

This year the BASL conference opens after lunch on Wednesday 20th September and continues through to lunchtime on Friday 22nd September. With the BASL NF Nurses Day running in parallel on Thursday 21st September.

On Wednesday the BASL conference explores clinical and liver related aspects of senescence with a distinguished international faculty. A highlight of the meeting will be the state of the art lecture by Professor Judith Campisi (Buck Institute, California). The second day has two streams: first, the interaction between the Liver and the Gut and second, the named lectures. These include the Ralph Wright Lecture (Professor John O’Grady) the British Liver Trust Lecture (Dr. Mary Ramsay), the inaugural Alex Mowat Lecture (Dr. Sue Beath) and the annual Dame Sheila Sherlock Prize Lecture.

For full details about the BASL Annual Meeting and the BASL NF Nurses Day visit the BASL Annual Meeting 2017 website - here.

REGISTRATION OPEN

For both the BASL Annual Meeting and the Nurses Day registrations are now live with 'Early Bird' discounts available.

To register now click - here.

DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: MONDAY 31st JULY 2017.

29/09/17 Annual Cambridge Liver Symposium 2017
News Type: Other Events

The Annual Cambridge Liver Symposium is taking place at Robinson College, Cambridge on Friday 29th September 2017.

The event is FREE to attend and CPD accredited.

View the programme here;  Download Cam liver symp 2017 programme.pdf

For more information and how to register please contact: Helen Paterson on 01223 586891 or email: helen.paterson@addenbrookes.nhs.uk .

30/09/17 - 01/10/17 Definition, Therapeutic Advances and Clinical Endpoints in Alcoholic Liver Disease and Alcoholic Hepatitis - London
News Type: Other Events

The EASL-AASLD joint meeting on Alcohol related Liver Disease will take place in London on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October.

The conference will address topics on public health, diagnostic definitions, therapeutic advances and clinical endpoints in alcohol related liver disease and alcoholic hepatitis and should be of interest to all GI trainees and Hepatologists.

This conference will be a unique occasion to interact with experts and top-researchers, to get new ideas but also to contribute in the field of therapeutic development in ALD and alcoholic hepatitis. 

To view the programme, submit an abstract and to register visit the website by clicking > here. 

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.


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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 - July 2017.


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


Click here to view the NICE Newsletter  - June 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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