Clinical News

1st European Digestive Health Summit

Thursday, 06 October 2016 13:29

The first European Digestive Health Summit will be hosted by UEG on December 6, 2016 at the Hotel Silken Berlaymont in Brussels.

The one-day conference is being held in cooperation with UEG Member Societies such as European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO), European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), and the surgical block European Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (ESSAT). Up to 100 delegates from the European Institutions, Member States, public health organisations, and the media will discuss key horizontal challenges to European healthcare systems with a focus on the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

For further information on the agenda and registration please visit, or contact UEG directly before December 2 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


BSG Position Statement: Straight To Test Pathways for lower GI endoscopy

Tuesday, 04 October 2016 08:51

The BSG has been actively engaging with NHS England on behalf of members around proposals for a Best Practice Tariff (BPT) for lower GI endoscopy through a Straight To Test (STT) pathway. As a result of these discussions a position statement was agreed to both support members locally and put forward the views of the Society to the consultation process around the proposed BPT. In any consideration of a STT pathway, be it with managers or commissioners/payers) for lower GI endoscopy members are urged to have regard for the points made in the statement to ensure patients receive the best possible care and resources are used effectively. While the specifics of the tariff relate to colleagues in England the same issues should be considered in all UK systems.

IBD Registry: October Update

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:42

The final report produced by the UK IBD audit at the Royal College of Physicians has been published and data collection to support audit and quality improvement is moving to the IBD Registry. Teams can participate using a choice of data entry systems including existing local systems. Being part of the IBD Registry will give teams:

  • Local data to manage their biologics patients and IBD service more effectively
  • The chance to be part of ongoing national audit of the safety and appropriate use of biologics and biosimilars

In time the Registry will become a unique resource for real-world clinical effectiveness and health economic studies in IBD care. The goals for 2016/17 are:

  • Transfer data collection from the RCP biological therapy audit web tool, which will be closing, to the IBD Registry.
  • Develop a near-complete UK Register of IBD patients on biologics by the end of 2017

Over 160 teams have now registered to be part of the project. If you haven't registered yet and would like to, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:34

Professor Mike Thomson, BSG Adolescents & Young Persons Section

'The first ever ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines have just been e-published ahead of print in 'Endoscopy' and the 'Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition' (JPGN) simultaneously. This is unique in that it involved a focussed group of paediatric AND adult Gastroenterologists from both Societies (including a number of BSG Members) and represents the culmination of a 3 year period of collaboration with a rigorous interrogation of the evidence base available in the following areas, not previously covered by Guidelines for this age group: diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and ileo-colonoscopy; upper and lower GI bleeding; foreign body endoscopy management; stricture and achalasia endoscopy management; EUS; and ERCP. PEG/Js, IBD endoscopy and training have been dealt with in other Guidelines. These Executive summaries will be followed by the publication of the full text shortly in JPGN.'

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