The BASL Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2019.

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

Are you ready you ready to lead a professional group of liver nurses on the next leg of their exciting journey?

News Type: Nurse News

Following the merger of the BASLNF & BLNF to form the BLNA, the co-chair positions are coming to the end of tenure and the BLNA are now seeking nominations/expressions of interest for the post of Chair of the British Liver Nurses’ Association.

The BLNA is a professional group with the BASL family and is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through:

• the advancement of good clinical practice in the care of individuals with, or at risk of liver disease;
• the promotion and dissemination of patient-focussed research;
• the provision of educational support and educational opportunities in the field of hepatology;
• the promotion of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with liver disease.

BLNA aims to offer support for all nurses who care for all people with or at risk of developing liver disease. Nurse members of BASL currently include nurses working within gastroenterology wards and liver units, the community, research, paediatrics and transplant, but with one common goal - to improve care for those with and at risk of liver disease.

The BLNA Chair is elected by the BLNA membership to serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once.

The BLNA Chair sits on the BASL Committee and shall be registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL and registered with the Charities Commission as a Trustee.

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

Please send your nominations to Judy Hawksworth at the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk   by 17:00 on Monday 11th February 2019. Following this time, candidate statements will be sought and voting will take place if necessary.

If more than one candidate is nominated, the BASL Secretariat will arrange for an election of all BLNA members. He/she will be elected by simple majority of those members voting.

A personal statement, containing no more than approx. 300 words, will be required from the candidate should an election need to take place.

The newly elected post holder will be announced at the BLNA meeting in Birmingham on 22 March 2019, which they should endeavour to attend; will start in post in April, and take over the full role at the BASL Annual Meeting in September. The new Chair will be supported by the outgoing co-Chair with a handover period.

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

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to help shape the future of liver nursing? Then the BLNA needs you now….

News Type: Nurse News

Following the merger of the BASLNF and the BLNF, to form the British Liver Nurses' Association (BLNA), there has been an interim committee in place with committee members from both organisations. Over the next couple of years, this interim committee will be replaced with members nominated and elected by the BLNA membership.

Four of the BLNA Committee Posts will come up for election in April 2019 and as such, BLNA are now seeking expressions of interest for the following posts:

  • Two X 2 year tenure vacancies
  • Two X 3 year tenure vacancies

This is an exciting opportunity for liver nurses to get involved with our friendly committee and share their skills and experience. You will gain experience working collaboratively and strategically at a national level to ensure that the needs of people with or at risk of liver disease and liver nurses are represented at the highest levels in the UK.

Nomination Process
Candidates wishing to be considered for election will require one BLNA member to propose them and a second BLNA member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. It would be helpful if candidates can advise if they prefer to stand for a 2 year or a 3 year tenure

Please send your nominations to Judy Hawksworth at the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 17:00 on Monday 11th February 2019. Following this time, candidate statements will be sought and voting will take place if necessary.

If more than four candidates are nominated, the BASL Secretariat will arrange for an election of all BLNA members. Four candidates will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.

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 committee members will be announced at the BLNA meeting in Birmingham on 22nd March 2019 and will take over in post from April 2019. It would be preferable if those candidates that are sucessful could attend the BLNA meeting on 22nd March.

3 Year Funded Clinical Research Fellow Post - Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

News Type: BASL News

Applications are invited for a 3 year funded Clinical Research Fellow post for an individual to undertake a PhD in the field on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and regenerative medicine using state of the art techniques, working with Dr Michael Allison in the Liver Unit, Cambridge BRC, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Professor Ludovic Vallier at the MRC Stem Cell Institute and Sanger Centre. Applicants are expected to be at the Speciality Registrar level with previous Hepatology experience. Participation in the on-call Hepatology rota is essential at a frequency to be discussed. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to attend all the educational opportunities the Liver Transplant Unit, the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre and the Campus offers.

For further information, please contact Dr Michael Allison - michael.allison@addenbrookes.nhs.uk .

Recruitment - Hepatology Fellow(s) - Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

News Type: BASL News

The Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, is recruiting Hepatology Fellow(s).

The successful candidate(s) should be completing advanced training in Gastroenterology/Hepatology and have a strong interest in clinical/basic research. The selected candidate will participate in outpatient clinical services for management of liver disease especially viral hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and will also contribute to the junior medical staff education program. Clinical research opportunities include many aspects of chronic liver disease, particularly related to NAFLD and integrated care. Basic research opportunities include investigation of liver repair/regeneration and innate immune function.

For further information or expressions of interest, please contact: Prof Elizabeth Powell, Director, Centre for Liver Disease Research and Hepatologist, Translational Research Institute on Tel No: 61 7 34438015 or e.powell@uq.edu.au .

The commencement is February 2019 however this is negotiable.

PHE and NHSE launch national drive to trace hepatitis C patients

News Type: Hepatology News

Protecting and improving the nation’s health.

New, more effective treatments are available for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can improve outcomes and cure the infection in most people.

To ensure as many eligible people as possible are treated, Public Health England is supporting the NHS in contacting people – and informing their GPs – if they have been diagnosed with HCV in the past but may not have cleared their infection. These patients will be offered a test to determine whether or not they have the active infection and, if so, will then be assessed for treatment.

Some people may be aware of their diagnosis and have cleared the infection spontaneously (1 in 5 people do) or have been successfully treated. However, if anyone is unsure of their HCV status and thinks they may be at risk, they should contact their GP to arrange testing.

Read the PHE and NHSE press release here >  Download FINAL-4 HCV Monitoring Report Nov 18.pdf

For more information on HCV please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c/ 
You can find the new PHE treatment report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-c-treatment-monitoring-in-england  
You can find assets for the reengagement exercise here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-c-patient-re-engagement-exercise 

Events

24/01/19 - 25/01/19

23rd Advanced Gastroenterology & Hepatology Course - Edinburgh
News Type: Other Events

This well established course runs for its 23rd 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 course website > here.

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

31/01/19

BASL HBV SIG meeting - London - Now fully booked
News Type: BASL Events

A meeting of the HBV Special Interest Group (SIG) will be held from 13.00 - 17.00pm on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Venue: Clark Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Innovation Building, Queen Mary University of London. 

 

31/01/19 - 01/02/19

1st Symposium Pediatric Digestive, Pancreatic and Hepatic Complex Disease, Barcelona
News Type: Other Events

Date: 31st January – 1st February 2019

Venue: Hospital Vall d'Hebron in Barcelona (Spain).

For full details visit the course website here: http://www.aulavhebron.net/aula/index.php?go=info_cursos&curso=144&idioma=en 

 

01/02/19

6th National Gastrointestinal Nursing Conference - London - This Event is Now Full
News Type: Other Events

The 6th National Gastrointestinal Nursing Conference is taking place on Friday 1st February 2019 at the Cavendish Conference Centre, London.

THIS CONFERENCE IS NOW AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED

Please contact george.allen@markallengroup.com to be added to the waiting list.

Vist the conference website to find out more > http://www.gastronursingconference.co.uk/home .

09/02/19

BASL / BSG Introduction to Hepatology Day - Booking Enquiries Only
News Type: BASL Events

Join us at the Introduction to Hepatology Day on Saturday 9th February 2019, which is taking place at The Medical School, University of Birmingham.

This one day event is FREE to attend for both BASL & BSG Trainee Members (a deposit of £50 will be taken at the time of booking)

*BSG members will need to provide their BSG membership number via email to judy@basl.org.uk please.

The meeting is aimed at Junior Gastroenterology trainees (ST3-5) to ensure the fundamentals of Hepatology are taught well and for those considering pursuing a career in Hepatology who want advice.

The times for the day are from 09:00 - 09:15 for Registration with the meeting closing at 17:00.

Topics covered in the programme will be:

  • Principles of Hepatology
  • Common liver conditions and their management
  • Management of the decompensated patient
  • The Why, How and Future of Hepatology
  • Career advice

A programme can be downloaded here >   Download IntroductiontoHepatologyDayProgramme2019_website.pdf

Registration – online booking is now closed. Please contact judy@basl.org.uk if you are interested in attending the day. 

This is a one day meeting, however should you have some distance to travel there will be a number of bedrooms available on the University Campus on the evening of Friday 8th February. These will be allocated based on distance to travel and on a first come first served basis.

*Please indicate when booking if you are interested in overnight accommodation.

Junior Gastroenterology trainees (ST3-5) who are not members of BASL or the BSG and want to attend the meeting should enquire to judy@basl.org.uk in the first instance.


   This meeting is supported by Intercept Pharma UK & Ireland who have provided an educational grant. Their only input into the agenda was to provide details of the company’s Practice to Policy Initiative. We would like to thank Intercept UK & Ireland for supporting this meeting. 

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