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 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.

Tweets

Join BASL

 Join BASL

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.

Click here to find out more about joining us.

News

27/04/17 NICE Final Guidance - Obeticholic acid for treating primary biliary cholangitis
News Type: BASL News

The Final Guidance was published on the NICE website on 26 April 2017.

Click here to read the final guidance.

27/04/17 Foul Play? New report highlights how Alcohol industry bent the rules on advertising during UEFA Euro 2016
News Type: BASL News

A new report highlights how alcohol producers worked to circumvent legislation designed to protect children during the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. Researchers at the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, found over 100 alcohol marketing references per televised match programme in three countries – France, the UK and Ireland. Most marketing appeared in highly visible places, such as pitch-side advertising during the matches. This was the case, despite the fact that the tournament was held in France, where alcohol TV advertising and sports sponsorship is banned under the ‘Loi Évin’.

The report, Foul Play? Alcohol marketing during UEFA Euro 2016, will be launched at the European Healthy Stadia conference at Emirates Stadium on Thursday 27th April.

An analysis of broadcast footage found that alcohol marketing appeared, on average, once every other minute. The majority took the form of ‘alibi’ marketing, whereby indirect brand references are used to promote a product, rather than a conventional logo or brand name. Carlsberg was the most featured brand, accounting for almost all references in each of the three countries, using their slogan ‘Probably the best in the world’ while avoiding the mentioning the product name. ‘Alibi’ marketing was a common practice of tobacco companies in sporting events when advertising restrictions were introduced.

Dr. Richard Purves, Principal Investigator, Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling said:

“Beamed to audiences across the world, major sporting events such as the UEFA EURO tournament, present a prime opportunity for alcohol companies to market directly to a global audience. In order to continue to protect children and young people from exposure to alcohol marketing, laws such as those in France need to be upheld and respected by all parties involved and not seen as something to be negotiated.”

Katherine Brown, Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies said:

“There is strong evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing encourages children to drink earlier and in greater quantities. The findings of this report show that alcohol companies are following in the footsteps of their tobacco colleagues by bending the rules on marketing restrictions putting children’s health at risk.”

Eric Carlin, Director of Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), said:

“Sport should be an alcohol-free space. The presence of alcohol marketing during UEFA EURO 2016 highlights that organisers of sporting events need to hold out against tactics of big alcohol companies to flout legal regulations designed to protect children.”

A copy of the full report is available here: https://bit.ly/alcfoulplay .

The research was carried out by the Institute for Social Marketing, University of Stirling, and funded by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), and Alcohol Action Ireland.

Interviews available on request in England, Scotland and Ireland. Please contact Habib Kadiri at hkadiri@ias.org.uk or 0207 222 4001.

21/04/17 NICE Press Release on testing for blood-borne viruses to people upon entry to prison
News Type: BASL News

NICE has published a press release announcing a draft quality standard which recommends that healthcare staff working in prisons should offer testing for blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B and C, and HIV to people upon entry to prison. It also recommends that they should also assess inmates for their risk of having a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

The press release can be read – here.

20/04/17 NICE addendum publication – Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and management of physical complications (CG100)
News Type: BASL News

The final version of the addendum to the Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis and management of physical complications (CG100) guideline has now been published on the NICE website which can be read > here.

 If you have any queries, please contact AUDSCupdate@nice.org.uk .

07/04/17 Bursaries Available - Nonclinical Students to attend BSG 2017 Translational Science Masterclass - 22nd June
News Type: BASL News

Bursaries are available for nonclinical students to attend the BSG 2017 Translational Science Masterclass (Thursday 22 June 2017, Manchester).

A restricted education fund provided by MSD provides ten £50 bursaries to nonclinical scientists who are: 
(1) studying towards a higher degree in a gastroenterology-related area
(2) are not members of the BSG
(3) have registered to attend the Translational Science Masterclass only (Signalling in epithelial cancer and inflammation, Thursday 22 June 2017, Manchester)

Apply to the BSG Education Committee juliesolomon@bsg.org.uk  by Monday 22 May.
The bursaries are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

06/04/17 UK NSC Consultation: Screening for Alcohol Misuse
News Type: BASL News

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has carried out a national consultation on screening for Alcohol Misuse.

After reviewing comments from stakeholders (including BASL) and the consultation papers the UK NSC have made formal screening recommendations to the four UK countries.

The outcome of the consultation can be found on the UK NSC website here - http://screening.nhs.uk/alcohol .

Screening recommendations were made to the following conditions:
 Alcohol misuse
 Asymptomatic bacteriuria
 Fetomaternal alloimmune thrombocytopenia
 GBS

There is more information about the work and remit of the UK NSC at http://www.screening.nhs.uk/about

04/04/17 ACCEA 2017 Round Open - BASL support has now closed
News Type: BASL News

The Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) opened the 2017 awards round on Tuesday 28th February. The final closing date for applications to the ACCEA is 17:00 on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

Application for BASL support
BASL will need to complete the process of selecting applicants who will receive our support shortly. If you would like to apply for BASL support please complete and submit Application Form A to BASL along with any other supplementary CVQs available as detailed below:

Form A – Application Form
Form D – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Research & Innovation Assessment
Form E – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Teaching & Training Assessment
Form F – Supplementary CV Questionnaire: Leadership & Management Assessment

In addition BASL also requires a short piece with your application on why you feel you should be supported by BASL.

The deadline for applying for BASL support is 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017.

All applications have to go through the ACCEA on line system, however downloadable forms to send to BASL can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

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.

(For use of the Supplementary Forms, please see 'Domains' within the Application form A). Full application guidance can be found on the ACCEA website by clicking > here.

Eligibility
As in previous years BASL would be 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.

As a rule, candidates for National Bronze (Level 9) should have a minimum of at least five local Clinical Excellence Awards. Award holders applying for higher level awards or a renewal must specify which achievements have been made after the date of their last award or renewal particularly concentrating on current activities and activities in the last 4 or 5 years, therefore you must date activities.

To apply for BASL support, please follow these steps:
1. Send a completed application form along with a short piece as to why you feel you should be supported to the BASL Secretariat, Judy.Hawksworth@execbs.com  by 17:00 on Friday 31st March 2017 for review.
Please understand that in fairness to all applicants, late submissions will not be considered.

2. All applicants will be asked to provide the name of an individual who could write a supporting citation upon 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 Tuesday 25th April. This is your own responsibility.

4. If you are in receipt of BASL support then BASL will upload your citation - please can you ensure your application is uploaded at least one week before the ACCEA deadline - before 17:00 on Tuesday 18th April 2017, so that we have sufficient time to upload your citations onto your application on the ACCEA website.

 

29/03/17 BJN Awards 2017 - Winners
News Type: Nurse News

Congratulations to the liver nurses who were shortlisted at the BJN Awards for the Hepatology/Liver Nurse Award:

1st place: Tara Rees
Tara developed a nurse-led paracentesis service for patients with advanced liver disease and has shared her protocols across Wales. 

2nd place: Linda Porter and Sarah Tarff
Linda and Sarah provide an innovative community HCV clinic that has allowed for contact and treatment of a large and hitherto poorly served and socially disadvantaged population with significant disease burden and largely preventable health-economic impact to the wider NHS.

3rd place: Michelle Clayton
Michelle has recently been approached as one of only seven nurses in Europe to set up a Concerted Action Group for the European Association of the Study of the Liver.

Photos of the event can be viewed > here.

Events

03/05/17 - 05/05/17 BASL 4th Basic Science Retreat 2017, 3 - 5 May, Newton Abbot, Devon - REGISTER NOW
News Type: BASL Events

The 4th BASL Basic Science Retreat takes place at Hannah's at Seale-Hayne in Devon from 3rd-5th May 2017.

Previous events have been a resounding success and hopefully again this unique meeting will offer plenty of interaction and discussion as well as an opportunity to foster new and lasting collaborative projects across all areas of hepatology research.

You can view a copy of the programme here; Download Basic Science Retreat 2017 - Programme1.pdf 

Your accommodation and meals at Seale-Hayne are included in the price of the registration fee which is just £150 per person.

Register now  - this event is limited to a maximum of 80 places click > HERE. 

11/05/17 BHIVA Hepatology Highlights for the Healthcare Specialist in collaboration with BVHG - BIRMINGHAM
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

BHIVA in collaboration with BVHG are delighted to announce the BHIVA Hepatology Highlights for the Healthcare Specialist 2017 In collaboration with BVHG.

This Free to attend meeting will take place on the evening of Thursday 11 May 2017 from 17:45 - 20:15 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham and will cover the latest updates from EASL 2017.

A copy of the provisional programme can be downloaded here - Download BHIVAProgrammeHepHighlightsMay17.pdf

Online Registration is now open and you can register > here.

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated, in principle, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the regional feedback meetings is provided on a complimentary basis, however, a commitment fee of £20, will be required when registering. This will only be charged if you fail to show up on the day.

2 CPD accreditation points have been applied for.

16/05/17 Hepatopancreatobiliary and trainee prize meeting - Royal Society of Medicine
News Type: Other Events

The Gastroenterology & Hepatology Section at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) are hosting the ‘Hepatopancreatobiliary and trainee prize meeting’ on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

Further information can be found on the website > here .

View the full event programme here; Download GSH03_Poster.pdf

17/05/17 - 19/05/17 UCL Royal Free 4th Hepatology Postgraduate Course
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The fourth annual curriculum based course in Hepatology for Medical/Surgical GI trainees and other healthcare professionals and comprehensive clinical update for consultants.

The course will have a strong emphasis on interactive sessions to apply content taught by internationally- recognised experts in hepatology and will take place in the Atrium, The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG.

Further information can be viewed here >  Download Royal Free Postgraduate Hepatology Course 2017.pdf

To book your place click > here

If you have any questions please contact Lorraine.hawes@amethyst-cme.com . 

25/05/17 - 26/05/17 5th Annual Birmingham Liver Course
News Type: BASL Endorsed Events

The 5th Annual Birmingham Liver Course on 25-26 May 2017 is hosted by the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Liver Unit.

Venue: University of Bimingham Medical School, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.

The meeting will cover practical and pressing issues in the management of advanced liver disease with speakers from around the country who are experts in their field. Using an interactive approach, we are sure this course will prove to be very popular and of interest to trainees, consultants, nurses and allied health professionals.

View the programme here>  Download Bham Liver Course 2017 Programme.pdf

Visit the website > HERE for further information and to find out how to register. 

01/06/17 - 03/06/17 International Conference on Fatty Liver - Seville, Spain
News Type: Other Events

The 1st International Conference on Fatty Liver (ICFL 2017) is taking place on June 1-3, 2017 in Seville, Spain.

ICFL 2017 will bring together physicians, researchers and allied health professionals in the field of Hepatology, Gastroenterology, as well as Diabetology, Nutrition, Radiology, and Cardiology, in order to address the growing impact of Fatty Liver and its relationship with the other organs in the body.

ICFL 2017 will focus on unifying the global knowledge of Fatty Liver, which has the potential to yield valuable research through multidisciplinary involvement.

The scientific program will explore what is new in diagnostics and therapeutics modalities, and bring together a wider community to network and share knowledge.

For more information visit the website > HERE

07/06/17 RCP Medical Education Conference,
News Type: Other Events

The Royal College of Physicians are holding the Inaugural RCP medical education conference on Wednesday 7 June to support learning in the clinical environment.

The conference has been compiled by a collaboration of academic professionals, involving practical measures to optimise education and training in the clinical environment and features three nationally renowned keynote speakers and six workshops, which aim to provide attendees with practical outputs which will help them to improve the delivery of education and training in the busy service environment.

More information and a full programme can be found > here.

11/06/17 - 13/06/17 The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease Congress 2017, Frankfurt
News Type: Other Events

The Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease Congress 2017 is take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Frankfurt over 11-13 June 2017.

It brings together internationally renowned speakers in a programme of the highest quality under the co-chairmanship of Professors Jacobson and Zeuzem.

To find out more information please visit the website > here.

 

Announcements

Join BASL Ward Membership Today - £100 per annum for up to 5 members per ward.

Benefits include; access to Nurse e-learning toolkits, reduced fees at BASL Events including the Nurses Day at the Annual Meeting. 

To find out how to apply click here


Click here to view the BASL Newsletter - April 2017.


Click here to view the infohep.org Newsletter - January 2017.


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


Click here to view the Hepatitis C Coalition Newsletter - March 2017.


Click here to view the NICE Newsletter  - April 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

Quick Links

BASL is connected to a number of national initiaives that you might be interested in.