Survey of Hepatology Service Provision 2010

In 2004 Professor Roger Williams identified 34 centres in England and Wales as offering specialist hepatology services, including 6 liver transplant centres. This March 2010 report is based on a follow up survey six years later. With other sources the survey will help to build a picture of hepatology services in 2010 and how they might be developed.

Early detection of complications of gastrostomy

An NPSA Rapid Response Report

At the beginning of April the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) issued a Rapid Response Report to the NHS on complications after gastronomy. The chair of the BSG Small Bowel/Nutrition section acted as an advisor to NPSA. Commenting on the report David Sanders said, "the BSG considers the issues surrounding both the seection of patients for gastronomy placement and the avoidance of complications to be of great importance. The BSG has previously produced clinical guidelines and, more recently, collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians on a report designed to improve standards of care for patients referred for or having a gastronomy".

Oral Feeding Difficulties and Dilemmas

A guide to practical care, particularly towards the end of life

Report of a joint RCP/BSG Working Party - January 2010

Please view the report and latest information on the RCP website:

Oral Feeding Difficulties and Dilemmas


NHS Evidence: Annual Evidence Update on Alcoholic Liver Disease

NHS Evidence: Annual Evidence Update on Alcoholic Liver Disease

NHS Evidence – gastroenterology and liver diseases publised its first Evidence Update on alcoholic liver diseases on 7th December 2009.

Alcohol misuse produces a spectrum of liver injury ranging from simple fatty change through alcoholic hepatitis to cirrhosis and, in some 20% of individuals, to hepatocellular carcinoma. We will be presenting an overview of the best systematic reviews and selected primary research from the past two years, along with commentary from experts in the field. We will also provide links to useful policy documents and other items of interest.

To access the Annual Evidence Update, visit

New Resources Available to Promote Medical Leadership

Led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement the UK-wide project, 'Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership project' has now developed a number of resources which may be of interest to members. The project aims to promote medical leadership and help create organisational cultures where doctors seek to be more engaged in management and leadership of health services.

The project team has worked closely with the medical professional, regulatory and education bodies and health service organisation and has now completed a number of key projects including a Medical Leadership Competency Framework . A Medical Leadership Curriculum has also been developed and you can find further information here.

Other project products and research include:

  • A Medical Engagement Scale which enables NHS trusts a greater insight to the level of engagement of doctors in their organisation and ways in which this engagement might be improved. This also explores the link between organisational performance and medical engagement, with a study due to be available in Autumn 2009.
  • An international study of how doctors are prepared for leadership roles in other countries and how they are engaged in the management and leadership of the health service
  • A Medical Chief Executive study is currently underway; to explore and better understand the factors that influence doctors to assume Chief Executive roles and identify how more doctors may be encouraged to apply for these positions.

Hard copies of most project products are also available for order here. We have attached a copy of our latest project update for your information.

If you would like to know more about the project, or any of the project products, please visit our website at or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IBD Standards

Service standards for the healthcare of people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Documentation updated October 2013

The aim of these Service Standards is to ensure that patients who have inflammatory bowel disease receive healthcare that is safe, effective and of consistently high quality. Our organisations, representing patients and professionals, have collaborated in the IBD Standards Group to define for the first time what is required in terms of staffing, support services, organisation, patients‚ education and audit to provide integrated, high-quality IBD Services.

The starting point for this initiative was a UK-wide Audit in 2006 which confirmed that there was substantial local variation in the provision, organisation and clinical quality of IBD Services and that there were significant aspects of care that did not meet current clinical guidelines.

In this section...

Clinical Services & Standards Committee

Name Position Year/Org
Dr SM Greenfield Chairman  
Professor DC Gleeson Deputy Chairman  
Dr TCK Tham Secretary  
Dr IC Forgacs President  
Professor M Lombard President-Elect  
Dr CM Edwards Senior Secretary  
Dr P Mckiernan Adolescent & Young Persons'  
Dr K Monahan Colorectal  
Dr AM Veitch Endoscopy  
Dr A Goddard Gastroduodenal  
Dr B Hawthorne IBD  
Dr H Hussaini Liver  
Dr S Hamdy Neurogastroenterology/Motility  
Dr P Patel Oesophageal  
Dr S Pereira Pancreatic  
Dr S Walsh Pathology  
Dr J Elford Radiology  
Dr S Middleton Small Bowel/Nutrition  
Mr M Thomas Surgical  
Dr M Corrigan Trainees  
Dr J Geraghty Trainees  
Dr A Lobo BSG Council 2012
Dr G Aithal BSG Council 2013
Dr M Hudson BSG Council 2013
Prof A Watson BSG Council 2014
Dr M Lockett Workforce  
Dr R Logan IT related items  
Dr I Barrison EGB  
Dr A McKinley Four Nations  
Vacant ACPGBI Ex officio
Dr J Dalrymple PCSG Ex officio
SHA Representatives
Dr M Mendall South London  
Dr A Thillainayagam North London  
Dr S Sebastian Yorks & Humber  
Dr D Nylander North East  
Dr AF Muller South East Coast  
Dr HL Smart North West  
Dr P Goggin South Central  
Dr D Parker South West  
Vacant East Midlands  
Dr R Ransford West Midlands  
Dr I Sargeant East of England  
Dr E Henry Scotland  
Dr P Allen Northern Ireland  
Dr V Goel Wales  

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