Clinical News

Service standards for specialist paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional support

Friday, 01 July 2016 09:38

New key service standards aim to reduce variations in care and improve the health outcomes and quality of care for infants, children and young people (ICYP) with gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional disorders. We are now seeking examples of models and methods.

About

RCPCH and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) are collaborating to develop the standards.

These aim to:

  • provide equity and quality of care for ICYP using gastroenterology and hepatology services and their parents and carers
  • inform commissioners / service planners and providers in designing and developing services
  • be used by inspectorates/regulators in inspecting services (including the Care Quality Commission)
  • ensure a smooth transition for children transitioning to adult specialist services
  • promote improved understandings of the interface between secondary and tertiary care.

The ultimate aim is to support the provision of high quality care as close to home as possible in networks and provide clarity for service providers and commissioners/service planners.

Call for evidence

We want to hear about your methods and innovative service models which have promoted equity and quality of care to patients. Your examples will help us progress to a managed clinical network.

Please email your examples by 18 July to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

IBD audit transition to IBD Registry

Friday, 01 July 2016 09:21

At the BSG annual meeting in Liverpool last week outgoing president Ian Forgacs praised the leaders of IBD Registry and called for all IBD teams in the UK to participate in the new programme for data capture and quality improvement using the IBD Registry.

Transition focus

This new programme is still on the quality accounts list and the national clinical audit and patient outcomes programme (NCAPOP) in England. The aim for the transition year is to report on 6 quality indicators for patients newly started on a biological therapy. This focus will enable the UK IBD clinical community to build the largest biologics registry in the world.

What to do next

If you haven't already done so, please register to be part of the programme using the form at http://ibdregistry.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Registration-Form-for-participating-in-the-IBD-Registry2.pdf.

You can participate using the data entry system that best meets your local needs and arrangements are slightly different in different parts of the UK. If you opt to use the web tool you'll be sent a starter pack once we've received your registration form.

Country System Next step
England Web Tool Complete web tool starter pack and return to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Web Tool We are awaiting permission for data to flow across NHS England's N3 secure network. Once this is confirmed the IBD programme team will issue registered sites with web tool starter packs
UK wide PMS If the PMS is already installed at your hospital and you are collecting or about to start collecting data no action is required. If the PMS is not fully implemented at your hospital please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
UK wide Third party systems: EMIS, Rotherham, Hospital EPR, other We ask that you ensure the IT system you intend to use is fully IBD Registry compliant. If your system is already established and you are collecting data, no action is required. If such a system is not yet implemented at your hospital or you wish to know more about what being Registry compliant means please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you have not yet registered to take part or would like more information on joining the IBD Registry please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

July data submission

The next scheduled IBD Registry data submission is at the end of July. If you are a site that has data that you would like to start submitting to the Registry, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will support you in making the necessary arrangements.

Chair sought for the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (JAG)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:14

The Royal College of Physicians invites application from persons interested in taking up the role of Chair, for the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (JAG).

The JAG is a multi-stakeholder body hosted at the Royal College of Physicians, and provides UK-wide support for endoscopy services to ensure that they have the skills, resources and motivation necessary to provide the highest quality of patient-centred care.

The Chair provides the leadership, direction and strategy for the JAG. The Chair will be expected to maintain and enhance the national and international reputation of the JAG and to ensure its proper governance. The Chair will ensure that patients and all relevant stakeholder bodies and professions are represented on the JAG Committee and are able to contribute to the development of the JAG.

The appointment will be for two years, renewable for a further two years by agreement and will be remunerated on a sessional basis of one PA per week, in line with national consultant pay rates.

Interested parties are welcome to have an informal discussion ahead of application with Dr Roland Valori ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Accreditation Unit Clinical Director or Mr John Stebbing, current Chair of the JAG ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

  Download the description of the job role

Obesity Health Alliance Website Goes Live

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 08:23

The new Obesity Health Alliance website has now gone live. The goal of the Obesity Health Alliance is to prevent obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life. They bring together a range of leading organisations with expertise in tackling overweight and obesity. The Obesity Health Alliance was formed in 2015. They support policy-making to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.

They have also launched a new Twitter account: @OHA_updates

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