WAGE (Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy)
WAGE was founded in 2006 and has since gained momentum representing physicians, surgeons, radiologists, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare professionals giving them a single voice advancing the welfare of patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease within Wales. It is recognised by the Welsh Assembly Government as a National Specialty Advisory Group (NSAG). The Association's object is to improve the care of patients in Wales with gastrointestinal disorders by:
- Facilitating co-operation between physicians, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and other healthcare professionals caring for patients with gastrointestinal disease.
- Acting as a forum for disseminating advances in the discipline.
- Encouraging higher standards of training, education and skill amongst those involved in the care of patients with gastrointestinal disease.
- Promotion of research into gastrointestinal disease and the audit of clinical outcomes.
- Facilitating and agreeing processes for the drawing up of all-Wales guidelines in gastroenterology.
- Drawing the attention of the public and the Welsh Assembly Government to the needs of patients with gastrointestinal disease, establishing where necessary a patient/public interface where uncertainties exist regarding the prioritisation of resources.
- Giving leadership and professional advice in the provision and development of services in gastrointestinal disease in consultation with the Welsh Assembly Government and other bodies.
WAGE organises an annual one-day meeting in October each year for its members and interested parties. A one-day annual Spring meeting will be added from March 2012.
The WAGE Committee Members are:
Dr. Ashley Roberts, Consultant Radiologist, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
Dr. Miles Alison, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport
Dr Umakant Dave, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Morriston Hospital, Swansea
Dr. David Ramanaden, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl
Associate members' chair:
Sister Wendy Pugh, Specialist Screening Practitioner, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor
Other executive officers
Gastroenterology SpR representative:
Dr. Rhodri Stacey
GI surgery trainee representative:
Mr. Hazem Al-Momani
Welsh representative serving on BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee
Dr. Vivek Goel, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport
Deputy Representative for Wales, BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee
Dr. John Green, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Llandough Hospital, Penarth
Representative from the Association of Upper GI Surgeons
Mr. Ashraf Rasheed, Consultant Surgeon, Royal Gwent Hospital
Representative from the Association of Coloproctologists of Gt. Britain and N. Ireland
Mr. Barry Appleton, Consultant Surgeon, Princess of Wales Hospital
Representative from the paediatric gastroenterologists in Wales
Dr. Huw Jenkins, Consultant Paediatrician, UHW, Cardiff
Clinical Lead for Endoscopy Training in Wales
Dr. Neil Hawkes, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant
Training Programme Director for Gastroenterology
Dr. Peter Neville, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny
Research Network Lead
Dr. Sunil Dolwani, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Llandough Hospital, Penarth