The British Association for the Study of the Liver is a multi-disciplinary society with over 1,000 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions.
The British Association for the Study of the Liver aims to disseminate research findings and clinical expertise, to promote opportunities for collaboration in liver research, to provide a voice that can advise and interact with the media and advises policymakers.
The British Association for the Study of the Liver incorporates the British Liver Nurses's Association, the British Viral Hepatitis Group and the British Liver Transplant Group.
Membership covers BASL and all of its special interest groups; BLNA, BVHG and BLTG. Your Annual subscription is used to organise the Annual Meeting held each September and the subscription rate you pay is determined by your job status.
Dr Palak Trivedi (University of Birmingham) winner of the Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award 2017.
Dr Fotis Sampaziotis (University of Cambridge) winner of the Dame Sheila Sherlock Award 2017 being presented with the award by the previous BASL Secretary Dr David Patch.
Find out more
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.
BASL is a multi-disciplinary society with over 1,000 members composed of interested individuals from clinical medicine, clinical and basic research and allied professions.
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.
Click here to find out more about joining us.
Welcome to the Europe and Canada Practice to Policy® Health Awards Programme
In 2018, Intercept is excited to offer grant support to local and national projects within eligible countries across Europe and Canada. The Europe and Canada Practice to Policy® Health Awards Programme encourages the development of innovative projects which improve the lives of people with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC).
The application window is now open.
Please note that the deadline for applying is Wednesday 6 June 2018.
Visit the website here - https://www.interceptpracticetopolicy.com/eu .
Job Reference: 304-18C011
Employer: University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - Medical & Dental
Location: Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Salary: £76,761 - £103.490
Closing Date: 31 March 2018
Applications are invited for 2 x 1.0 WTE Hepatology Consultants (10 PAs) to join the existing liver medicine team. The successful applicants will work as Transplant Physicians within the Department of Hepatology. The department consists of 14 Consultant Hepatologists (including 6 Transplant Physicians and 6 Academic Hepatologists), 3 Hepatology Fellows and 8 specialist hepatology trainees. The successful applicant will contribute to clinical service development and delivery as a member of the hepatology team, working closely with colleagues in the Liver and Hepatobiliary Unit, Interventional Radiology and Oncology.
Full details can be found on the NHS Jobs site > here.
The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) opened the 2018 awards round on Tuesday 13th February. The final closing date for applications to the ACCEA is 17:00 on Thursday 12th April.
Application for BASL support
If you would like to apply for BASL support, please complete and submit a copy of your ACCEA Application Form to BASL, along with any other supplementary CVQs as detailed below:
- Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Research & Innovation Assessment
- Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Teaching & Training Assessment
- Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Medical Leadership & Managing a High Quality Service Assessment.
Please be aware that there is a maximum number of supplementary forms that can be completed at each National Level: Bronze and Silver applicants: 1 and Gold applicants: 2. These forms are optional and it is for the applicant to decide whether using them will increase chances of success.
Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website including the use of the Supplementary Forms by clicking here.
In addition BASL requires a short piece to accompany your application stating why you feel you should be supported by BASL.
The deadline for applying for BASL support is 17:00 on Friday 16th March 2018.
All applications must go through the ACCEA on line system, should you need a downloadable form to send to BASL these can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking here.
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.
To apply for BASL support, please follow the steps below:
1. Send a completed ACCEA Application Form, along with a short piece as to why you feel you should be supported by BASL, to the BASL Secretariat, Judy.Hawksworth@execbs.com by 17:00 on Friday 16th March 2018.
Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.
2. All applicants are asked to provide the name of an individual who could write a supporting citation when submitting their application to BASL. ACCEA regard the citations provided in support of individuals as giving added value to the process. The citation MAY be stronger if it comes from outside ones institution.
3. You must submit your own application to ACCEA online by their deadline 17:00 on Thursday 12th April 2018. This is your own responsibility.
4. If you are in receipt of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation. You must ensure that your application is uploaded to the ACCEA website at least one week before the deadline - 17:00 on Thursday 5th April 2018, so that BASL has sufficient time to upload your citations onto your application on the ACCEA website.
Read the summary of the report from the first BVHG and BASL Best Practice for ODN Stakeholders Meeting which was held on the 10–11 January 2018 in Manchester on the BVHG page of the website by clicking here.
The report highlights the limitations of the current HCV treatment model, and provides suggestions on how it can be modified and improved. The report describes best practice examples for eliminating HCV for ODNs to take and adapt to work in their area. The intention is that this information will provide all ODNs with a framework to develop the 5-year plans needed to meet their CQUIN requirement, and importantly to also leave them well placed to deliver on the World Health Organisations goal of HCV elimination by 2030.
Alcohol Health Alliance - Policy and Advocacy Manager
For the Alcohol Health Alliance UK based at the Institute of Alcohol Studies
Salary £35,000 per year including London weighting
Fixed 24-month contract
A copy of the Job Description and details on how to apply can be downloaded here: Download Job Description policy manager AHA Feb 2018 with interview dates.pdf
Or viewed on the AHA website: http://ahauk.org/aha-vacancy-policy-advocacy-manager/ .
Apply for this role
To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria to Kellie Donaldson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 23rd February 2018.
First interviews will be held on Wednesday 7th March 2018 and successful candidates will be invited back for final interviews on Monday 19th March 2018.
The UK Liver Pathology Group (UKLPG) was formed in 2016, evolving from the UK Liver EQA Scheme and the Liver subcommittee of the Pathology Section of the BSG, with the purpose of promoting excellence in liver histopathology services in the UK and Ireland, across all levels of specialisation, through professional collaboration in education, quality assurance and research.
The Research subcommittee aims to act as a source of histopathological advice for clinicians and scientists undertaking clinical, translational or pre-clinical research (including animal modelling), particularly those lacking local pathological support and resources.
The subcommittee welcome enquiries by email to UKLPG.Research@gmail.com .
UKLPG Research subcommittee
Dr Dina Tiniakos (Chair), Newcastle University
Prof Rob Goldin, Imperial College London
Dr Tu Vinh Luong, Royal Free London
Dr Tim Kendall, University of Edinburgh
Dr Ben Challoner, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
For details about the UKLPG, please see our website: http://www.virtualpathology.leeds.ac.uk/eqa/specialist/liver/index.php .
Download a copy of the information as a flyer here to share amongst colleagues; Download UKLPG Research subcommittee.pdf
Clinical Research Associate in Hepatology (Autoimmune Liver Disease)
Salary: £28,641 - £48,123 per annum
Closing date: 2 March 2018
Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Associate based in the Institute of Cellular Medicine (ICM) at Newcastle University, to pursue a programme of research in liver disease with a particular focus on Autoimmune Liver Disease. You will benefit from working in a group with an international reputation for its research and clinical practice in liver disease and from close interaction with the Stratified Medicine, Biomarkers and Therapeutics and Inflammation, Immunology and Immunotherapy themes in ICM. You will also be appointed an Honorary Registrar at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust contributing to specialist liver clinics and taking part in the out of hours tertiary liver unit on call rota. This will give you tertiary liver unit experience.
You will be expected to have some experience with audit and/or research and to be undertaking or completed higher specialist training in gastroenterology/hepatology. The key attribute, however, is enthusiasm to realise the opportunities offered by the post.
You must be in possession of MRCP or equivalent, with a valid full GMC Registration to eligible to apply.
This is a 2 year post with the potential to extend to a third year.
To apply, please visit the Newcastle University vacancies website.
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 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.
Thank you for your help.
A focused curriculum-based update course in Gastroenterology & Hepatology for Gastroenterology SPRs approaching the SCE exam.
Venue: Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.
The course will include: a pre and post course exam, an introduction to answering SBAs, lectures from experienced consultants with time for Q&As, and comprehensive coverage of the required syllabus.
Fee - the course fee is £120 for the two day course, but candidates from within the Deanery will be free of charge if this is their first attendance at this course (else standard fee applies).
For further information and to book a place visit the website by clicking here.
On behalf of Prof Ellie Barnes from Oxford, and Dr George Webster from London we are delighted to ask you to SAVE THE DATE for the UK's first IgG4 Related Disease Symposium, to be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, Friday 23rd March 2018.
This exciting event will bring together the wide range of specialities involved in this recently described and fascinating disease. As well as addressing the history, immunology and pathogenesis of IgG4-RD, we will also be exploring the clinical manifestations and management of affected sites, including:
• Liver and pancreaticobiliary system
• Kidneys and retroperitoneum
• Nervous system
We will be joined by a fantastic national and international expert faculty, including John Stone, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director of Clinical Rheumatology Massachusetts General Hospital, who has done so much to advance our understanding and management of IgG4-RD.
If you would like to attend, please reply to myself via e-mail: email@example.com and I will add you on our invitations list to ensure you are kept up to date with the latest details.
Further details will be sent out to all in a timely manner.
Save the Date
The annual HCC-UK meeting will take place in London on 5th and 6th April 2018.
Venue: The Fetal Medicine Institute, 16-20 Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8BB.
The meeting is being hosted by Dr Abid Suddle from Kings College Hospital, London.
The meeting is directed towards all those involved in the care of patients with HCC including hepatologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, oncologists, surgeons and clinical nurse specialists and scientists.
Register now for what promises to be an exciting meeting in this rapidly evolving area.
Registration Now Open
BHIVA are delighted to announce the BHIVA Hepatology Highlights for the Healthcare Specialist 2018 In collaboration with BVHG. This free to attend meeting will take place on the evening of Tuesday 17 April 2018 in Edinburgh prior to the Fourth Joint Conference of BHIVA with BASHH.
A Provisional Programme is available to view; Download BHIVA Hepatology Highlights Programme May 2018.pdf
Online Registration is now open and you can register by clicking - here.
Please note that places are limited and will be allocated, in principle, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the Hepatology Highlights Meeting is provided on a complimentary basis to all delegates, however only those who provide a commitment fee of £20 will be registered for this meeting. This will only be charged if you fail to show up on the day or fail to cancel your registration before Friday 6 April 2018.
The BLNA is delighted to announce its forthcoming April meeting – Innovations in caring for people with or at risk of liver disease
The meeting will be held at Austin Court in Birmingham on Friday 27th April 2018. The programme reflects innovations in care and the dynamic nature of liver nursing. Topic areas will include alcohol, hepatitis C and primary biliary cholangitis. We have invited a service user to discuss the lived experience of liver disease, person focussed sessions are always well received by offering nurses insight and helping to illuminate the care we give to people with liver disease. Acute on chronic liver failure will be complemented by the “Liver Diseases in Bite Size Pieces” session which will focus on features of decompensated cirrhosis. The UK government is currently out to consultation to change the way that organ donation works in England; we will debate the pros and cons of the two different systems. In 2018 there will be a number of changes to the way that donor livers are allocated and we will investigate what effect this might have for liver transplant recipients. As technology becomes a more integral part of our work, we will be looking at a liver app that supports assessment and diagnosis of liver conditions.
Registration is now open and programme topics* covered include:
Acute on Chronic Liver Disease
Features of decompensated cirrhosis
National allocation of donor livers
Primary Biliary Cholangitis
Lived experience of liver disease
Organ donation debate
* subject to change
*Are you a BLNA member yet? If not, you are missing out on considerable benefits for a yearly fee of £20, including a significant discount on your registration fee for this meeting so we encourage you to sign up before registering for the meeting.
For any enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01543 442154.
The AMMF Cholangiocarcinoma Conference is a UK-focused day that includes speakers from several of the areas of cholangiocarcinoma research that AMMF is currently supporting, plus medics at the forefront of the treatment and care of the cholangiocarcinoma patient.
The venue is The Radisson Blu Hotel, very close to London Stansted Airport. There is onsite parking, and the hotel is just minutes' walk from the air and rail terminal. The day will begin with registration from 8.30am for a 9.30 am start, and the main conference will finish at 5.30pm.
For full information visit the conference page on the AMMF website > here.
To register click > here.
The Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) Single Topic Conference will be held on May 11-13, 2018 in Yokohama, Japan.
Under the theme of “HCC: Strategy in the New Era”, the conference program will present high-quality content based on up-to-date information and cutting edge lectures by eminent researchers, in order to reconfirm the achievement of better basic and clinical practice in the field of HCC.
The scientific program will consist of invited lectures, plenary sessions, symposia, and free papers on significant developments on the theme of “HCC: Strategy in the New Era”. The program will also provide the latest information and fresh ideas for hepatologists.
Visit the conference website to find out further details by clicking > here.
Key conference date lines can be found below:
Abstract Submission Open - 2 October 2017 - 31 January 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline - 28 February 2018
Pre-registration will close - 13 April 2018
The Clinics and Science in Hepatology 2018 meeting is a 1-day educational meeting taking place on Saturday 19 May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
The programme has been developed by Course Directors Geoffrey Dusheiko (UK) and Maria Buti (Spain), alongside an expert Scientific Committee comprising Thomas Berg (Germany), Christophe Hézode (France) and Lawrence Serfaty (France).
This meeting is intended to educate ~100–150 practising physicians treating patients with HBV, HCV and NAFLD in Europe and the Middle East and CME accreditation of 6 credits is anticipated for this event.
The meeting is free to attend, with participation grants available for attendees to support their travel expenses and accommodation (for 1 night prior to the meeting, and subject to meeting the criteria and where allowed according to their country regulations).
Register to guarantee your place www.CSHep2018.com
We are pleased to announce that the liver disease quality standard (QS152) has been published on the NICE website.
You can view the quality standard by clicking > here.
BASL has formally supported the liver disease quality standard.
ACCEA 2018 Round Open - Apply for BASL support - click here to read more.
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 - February 2018.
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