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30
Jun
Opportunities to Join the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) Committee - Expressions of Interest and Nominations – deadline 09:00hrs Tuesday 19th July 2022
News Type: Transplant News

There are a number of opportunities coming up for members to serve on the BLTG committee so please get involved and help to shape the future of BLTG.

Detailed below are the elected committee posts that are coming to the end of tenure in September 2022:

BLTG Chair - elected by the membership. The post holder will serve for a period of up to 3 years and may be re-elected once. The BLTG Chair is a member of the BASL Governing Board and sits on the BASL Committee:
Read more about this post here:  Download BASL Committee Posts_Information June 22.pdf

Transplant Hepatology Representative - elected by the membership and will serve for a period of 3 and 2 years alternating - this post is for a period of 3 years.

Transplant Surgery Representative - elected by the membership and will serve for a period of 2 and 3 years alternating - this post is for a period of 2 years.

Nursing Representative (x1 post) - elected by the membership and will serve for a period of 2 years. The 2 x nursing representatives represent patient care before and after liver transplantation respectively.

BASL and BLTG are committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. It is actively promoting equal opportunities and access for all our members regardless of their background. We would, therefore, encourage you to consider joining the BASL and BLTG committees to help to shape the future of BASL and increase our inclusivity/inclusiveness.


Nomination Process
Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 09:00hrs Tuesday 19th July 2022.

Candidates wishing to be considered for nomination must be a member of BASL and will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. (Proposing and seconding of candidates can be done by email.)

If more than one candidate is nominated for a particular post the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. Should an election need to take place the Secretariat will contact the candidates and request a personal statement. The statement should contain no more than approx. 300 words and permission will be requested to share the personal statements with the BASL membership. (Personal statements are intended for this purpose only.)

The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.

Newly elected committee members will join the BASL and/or BLTG committee after the BLTG Transplant Meeting in September, which is being held as part of the BASL Annual Meeting in Leeds from 20th- 23rd September 2022.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk .

We look forward to hearing from you.

30
Jun
Opportunities to Join the BASL Committee - Expressions of Interest and Nominations – deadline 09:00hrs Tuesday 19th July 2022
News Type: BASL News

There are a number of opportunities coming up for members to serve on the BASL committee so please get involved and help to shape the future of BASL.

Detailed below are the elected committee posts that are coming to the end of tenure in September 2022:

President Elect - elected by the membership. The President is one of three principal officers of the Association. The post holder will shadow the BASL President from October 2022, taking up the role of President at the end of the Business Meeting of the Association in September 2023. The President is the Chairman of the Association and serves for two years. The President will Chair the annual Scientific Meeting and the meetings of the Governing Board.

Treasurer – elected by the membership. The Treasurer is one of three principal officers of the Association. The post holder can serve for up to three years and may be re-elected once.
Read more about this post here:
Download BASL Committee Posts_Information June 22.pdf

NB: The President, Secretary and Treasurer post holders must have different Institutional affiliation within the UK.

Education & Training Committee Councillor – elected by the membership. The post holder will serve for a period of four years and may be re-elected once. There are two Educational and Training Councillor’s on the Governing Board and members elect one new Councillor every two years. The post holders are responsible for educational tasks as defined by the Governing Board, such as running the BASL School of Hepatology.

BLTG Chair - elected by the membership. The post holder will serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once.
Read more about this post here:
Download BASL Committee Posts_Information June 22.pdf

• BLNA Chair - elected by membership. The post holder will serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The BLNA is commissioned by the Governing Board to promote education of nurses with regard to liver diseases and their management.

Services Lead - elected by the membership. The post holder will serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The Services Lead supports the development and implementation of Clinical Standards and the provision of Clinical Services, including preparation and delivery of advice to national health authorities concerning liver diseases.
Read more about this post here:
Download BASL Committee Posts_Information June 22.pdf

Scientist Representative - elected by the membership. The postholder will serve for a period of up to three years and may be re-elected once. The post holder is responsible for the organisation and programme for the annual Basic Science Retreat meeting.

NB: all of the above posts, with the exception of President Elect, shall be registered with Companies House in the UK as a Director of BASL and registered with the Charities Commission as a Trustee.

BASL is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. It is actively promoting equal opportunities and access for all our members regardless of their background. We would, therefore, encourage you to consider joining the BASL committee to help to shape the future of BASL and increase our inclusivity/inclusiveness.


Nomination Process

Please send your nominations, clearly stating the position that your nomination is for, to the BASL Secretariat at judy@basl.org.uk by the deadline of 09:00hrs Tuesday 19th July 2022.

Candidates wishing to be considered for nomination must be a member of BASL and will require one BASL member to propose them and a second BASL member to confirm their suitability for the role in writing. (Proposing and seconding of candidates can be done by email.)

If more than one candidate is nominated for a particular post the Secretariat will arrange for an election of all members. Should an election need to take place the Secretariat will contact the candidates and request a personal statement. The statement should contain no more than approx. 300 words and permission will be requested to share the personal statements with the BASL membership. (Personal statements are intended for this purpose only.)

The successful candidate will be elected by a simple majority of those members voting.

Newly elected committee members will be announced at the next Business Meeting of the Association that is being held during the BASL Annual Meeting in Leeds from 20th- 23rd September 2022, and join the committee thereafter.

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact judy@basl.org.uk .

We look forward to hearing from you.

29
Jun
Gilead Fellowship Grants Programme: Viral Hepatitis
News Type: BASL News

The Gilead UK & Ireland 2022 Viral Hepatitis Fellowship Grants Programme is now accepting applications for funding. The Fellowship Programme is a medical grants funding stream that helps drive innovative diagnostic/care models and supports best practice sharing initiatives amongst healthcare professionals. Since 2008, the programme has supported over 300 projects within several therapy areas. Its ultimate aim is to help improve the lives of patients, in the field of viral hepatitis, with a focus on hepatitis delta virus (HDV).

This year, they are inviting applications from healthcare (e.g., clinicians, nurses, pharmacists) or allied (e.g., clinical researchers, laboratory technicians) professionals for proposals that evaluate existing, or implement and evaluate new, innovative initiatives focused on increasing appropriate HDV testing alone or in combination with hepatitis B, with subsequent liver management. 

Priority will be given to those projects that focus on the optimisation of the pathways for the diagnosis and management of HDV. Gilead particularly welcomes any project that demonstrates replicable and scalable potential.

Projects that fall outside of this scope, but which will add clinical value, or which investigate an area of unmet need in the field of HDV can also be submitted. All applications will be reviewed and appraised based on their individual merit and focus on driving positive change in patient care.

Please note that any applications which generate specific patient clinical outcomes (either classified as interventional or non-interventional studies according to EUDRACT criteria) cannot be accepted. These fall under the category of a clinical trial and, as such, will be considered out of scope of the Fellowship Programme.

The application window will close on Saturday 6th August 2022. If you have a project which you think may be relevant, Gilead encourages you to learn if your project is eligible and apply here.

Should you have any general enquiries or questions regarding the process, application form, or your project eligibility, please email gileadfellowship@axon-com.com who will be happy to support you with your request.

 

13
Jun
Dame Sheila Sherlock Research Prize 2022 - Applications Open
News Type: BASL News

Each year BASL presents the Dame Sheila Sherlock research prize, one of the highlights of the annual meeting. This prize is awarded annually to recognise the enormous contribution of Dame Sheila Sherlock to the development of Hepatology as a discipline in its own right.

Dame Sheila was involved in the foundation of the British Liver Club in 1961, which subsequently evolved into The British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL). She was one of our past presidents and the first recipient of The BASL Distinguished Service Award.

Eligibility
In keeping with Dame Sheila’s enthusiasm for fostering young researchers, this eponymous research prize is awarded to young investigators without substantive posts in either medicine or science for their research contributions in the field of hepatology. The winner will receive free registration to the meeting, an award and a prize of £1,000 and an invite to deliver the prize lecture and present their research at the BASL Annual Meeting.

To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining your research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of Monday 1st August 2022.

You must be a BASL member to apply.


The BASL Annual Meeting Is taking place from 20th-23rd September at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds - Early Bird registration closes 31st July. Read more about registering > here .

13
Jun
Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award - Applications Open
News Type: BASL News

The Andy Burroughs Young Investigator Award was set up in honour of the late Professor Andrew Burroughs.

Professor Burroughs was an eminent and world renowned Professor of Hepatology and Consultant Physician/Hepatologist and among his many achievements including his wide area of expertise in cirrhosis and portal hypertension and significant contribution to liver Transplantation.

Eligibility
This prize is awarded to young investigators who have contributed to clinical or translational research related to liver disorders who are in training or within 2 years of taking up consultant positions (or equivalent); this year the winner will receive free registration to the meeting, an award and a prize of £1,000 and an invite to deliver the prize lecture and present their research at the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) Annual Meeting in Leeds on Tuesday 20th September.

To apply, please send one A4 sheet outlining the research and another A4 sheet listing up to 5 related publications.

Please send submissions to steve@basl.org.uk before the deadline of Monday 1st August 2022.

You must be a BASL member to apply.


The BLTG Annual Meeting is part of the BASL Annual Meeting that is taking place from 20th-23rd September at the Queen's Hotel in Leeds - Early Bird registration closes 31st July.  Read more about registering > here .  

08
Jun
Trainee member of the CRN: Hepatology National Specialty Group
News Type: BASL News

Applications are invited from any UK Hepatology SpR to be the Trainee representative on the Hepatology National Specialty Group of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) for a term of two years.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about clinical trials feasibility and delivery, as well as gain valuable experience in research leadership. The Trainee will join the 15 Local CRN (LCRN) Leads on the Group and will work with/obtain mentorship from the LCRN Lead for his/her geographic region of work. Prior experience/involvement in clinical studies on the UKCRN Portfolio is desirable, as is a desire to work in the future as a Principal Investigator and potentially take on a role in the CRN. The Trainee member will also be expected to take an interest in one of the Group's themes (Industry studies, patient and public involvement [PPI], Communications).

Applications should take the form of a research CV and a maximum 200 word description of the reason(s) for applying and expected individual gains.

Please send applications and queries to crnspecialtyclustera@nihr.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 8th July 2022.

08
Jun
Submit an Abstract for the BASL Annual Meeting - closes 9am Monday 27th June
News Type: BASL News

This year's BASL Annual Meeting will take place on 20-23 September 2022 at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, and we invite authors to submit abstracts for the event.

If you would like the chance to present your latest research on one or more of the topics below please submit an abstract for review:

• Alcohol & Metabolic Liver Disease
• Auto Immune Liver Disease
• Basic Science
• Cancer
• Cirrhosis & its Complications
• Clinical Service Development
• COVID and the liver
• Health Inequalities
• Nursing & AHP
• Other
• Sustainable Hepatology
• Transplantation
• Viral hepatitis

Submit an abstract HERE

Full submission guidelines can be found HERE

Abstracts submissions will close 9am Monday 27th June 2022

Successful abstracts will also be published in the BMJ GUT journal.

Abstracts will be judged by a selected panel of reviewers following the submission deadline and submitting authors will be notified as to whether their submitted abstract has been accepted.

Contact steve@basl.org.uk if you have any questions.

30
May
BASL & BSG NAFLD SIG launches first British audit of care of people with fatty liver disease
News Type: BASL News

We are conducting a national retrospective audit to identify practice of outpatient NAFLD management according to national quality standards/international guidelines and explore the changes in NAFLD outpatient services over the last 3 years across the UK. This will require registration as an audit with the local clinical audit department and a search of new patients reviewed in outpatient Gastroenterology and Hepatology clinics with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of NAFLD in March 2019 and March 2022.

No centre or patient-identifiable data will be included in any results disseminated. A nominated Gastroenterology or Hepatology consultant will receive a report of local results, with reference to the national findings at a later date for future auditing purposes.

If you would like to get involved, please access the documents below and follow the necessary steps:

Instruction letter including link to survey:
Download NAFLD audit_instruction letter for data collection.pdf

Audit registration form:
Download NAFLD audit_audit registration form.pdf

An audit registration form can be obtained by emailing paula@basl.org.uk or wenhao.li@nhs.net .

Please submit all collected data by 31st August 2022.

If there are further questions regarding this project, we would be more than happy to answer them and you can contact us by emailing wenhao.li@nhs.net .

29
Apr
BASL/BSG Special Interest Group develops quality standards for the management of NAFLD
News Type: BASL News

Overview

The BSG/BASL NAFLD special interest group has developed a series of evidence-based quality standard recommendations, with the aim of improving the care of people with NAFLD. It is known that NAFLD is common, affecting 25% of the UK population and management of the condition is variable. Individuals with NAFLD have an increased risk of overall mortality compared with the general population, and common causes of death include cardiovascular disease, malignancy and liver-related complications. A holistic approach is therefore needed to address liver disease, as well as cardio-metabolic risk factors.

The recommendations were developed using a modified Delphi process by a multidisciplinary group of 29 individuals from all disciplines involved in the management of people with NAFLD, and cover: 1. Management of people with, or at risk of, NAFLD before the gastroenterology or liver clinic; 2. Assessment and investigations in secondary care; 3. Management in secondary care. We have also developed 11 auditable key performance indicators (KPIs) to enable service to review the care of their patients and benchmark their practice.

Manuscript and summary documents

The full manuscript can be found here https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2468125322000619?dgcid=author. (Free access to the manuscript will be available for 50 days from Friday 28 April 2022.)

Click here for the  Download Summary of the NAFLD quality standard recommendations for website_l.pdf

25
Apr
Experiences of COVID: recording doctors' voices
News Type: BASL News

As a healthcare professional, do you have experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic that you would like the public to hear? As we learn to live with COVID-19, is there anything you think the public needs to know? Are there things about the pandemic that you think should be recorded for posterity?

We can help to get your voice heard.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Archive and Museum are recording the experiences of healthcare workers and of those close to them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those working in healthcare have been at the forefront of protecting society throughout the pandemic; help us to document your experiences by completing the survey linked to below.

Your experiences may become part of the 2023 RCP at Regent’s Park exhibition, ‘Sharing doctors’ voices; experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’. Featuring photos, stories, recorded interviews, and objects, this exhibition will centre the voices of individuals, demonstrating the effects of the pandemic on the people working to combat it, in their own words.

Share your experiences with the RCP  > Here

More information can be found on the RCP website > Here