Clinical News

SAGE Awards 2012

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 13:55

The SAGE Awards seek to recognise innovations to improve patient care. Sponsored by Shire, the Shire Awards for Gastrointestinal Excellence are inviting applications from teams who have introduced a new initiative that has improved patient care. The Awards will give national recognition to projects, highlight excellent practice and give a financial boost for teams to continue the innovation. Three awards will be made for £10,000, £5,000 and £3,000 for the inovations judged as the top three. An independent panel will make a shortlist from applications and the awards will be made at a dinner during the DDF in June 2012. For further information and an entry pack please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before 10 February 2012.

BSG Survey Evaluating UK Service Provision for PEG

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:58

The BSG have recently completed and published a web-based audit which provides an overview of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) services across the UK. The Audit Committee are very grateful to all the members of the BSG for taking the time to take part in this web-based questionnaire. There was an 83% response rate reflecting the ability of BSG members to produce and participate in high quality audits.

This National BSG survey demonstrates variations in practice, particularly with regards to PEG insertion in patients with dementia, the timing of PEG insertion and PEG aftercare. These variations in practice may be important factors accounting for the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this procedure. The full article has recently been published:

For any BSG members who would wish a copy please feel free to contact Chris Romaya ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Matt Kurien ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or David Sanders ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

HQIP Award Winners 2011

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:21

On 10 October, HQIP announced the 5 winners of its 2011 awards for clinical audit. Details are available at HQIP Award Winners 2011.

HQIP: feeding back on national clinical audits

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 08:38

Last week, during HQIP's national conference, Bruce Keogh reaffirmed the importance of audit to the Department of Health's priorities. Robin Burgess (Chief Executive of HQIP) blogged about the importance of collecting the right data, sharing it appropriately, and using it wisely to inform decision-making in patient care. Read the blog for more details: HQIP CEO's blog 13 Oct 2011.

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