Clinical News

Alcohol Treatment Matrix

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:11

An innovative way of presenting evidence on alcohol treatment has been praised by several BSG members - the 'Go to Matrix' which presents a lot of clinical information in a clear way:

The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. Visit the matrices page for articles, presentations, and a video explaining their genesis and construction.

AoMRC Survey on Workforce Pressures

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:46

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is currently seeking assistance from the RCP to contribute to an exercise measuring whether workload pressures on staff are squeezing the time made available for consultants to undertake both supporting professional activities (SPA) and also work for the wider NHS outside their own organisations. They are looking for consultants to monitor their activities via the questionnaire below.

The RCP is acutely aware of the pressures on its fellows and members but would ask that if you, or any members of your JSCs/societies are willing and able to assist the Academy with this then any completed questionnaires should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the end of May.

Invitation to participate in a study investigating the use of SeHCAT in diagnosing Bile Acid Malabsorption

Friday, 07 February 2014 10:01

In order to address aspects of NICE Diagnostic Guidance 7 (issued November 2012), King's Technology Evaluation Centre (KiTEC) have been commissioned by NICE to undertake a prospective survey to investigate the use of the SeHCAT test in the NHS.

The survey, which will be run in collaboration with the British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS), aims to capture day-to-day practice including the clinical indications for a SeHCAT test, the results of the SeHCAT test, and the clinical outcome after the test. We hope that the results of the survey will provide more robust data to inform clinical practice, assist standardisation of SeHCAT test protocols and develop other diagnostic approaches to bile acid malabsorption.

The survey is composed of various forms to be completed by the gastroenterologist and by the nuclear medicine staff involved in the patient care pathway, at the appropriate moment within the course of care. Each form is short and will take between 1 and 3 minutes to complete.

This survey has been endorsed as a national audit and is open to all NHS hospital trusts that perform SeHCAT testing. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form and e-mail it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +44 (0)203 299 1626.

Call for entries to the SAGE awards programme in gastroenterology which focuses on excellence in patient care

Monday, 25 November 2013 09:47

These awards are designed to allow individuals, units and healthcare networks to be recognised for excellence in GI Care. Awards will be made in the form of a financial grant for use towards furthering or enhancing the development of the project:

  • First Award: A grant donation of £10,000
  • Second Award: A grant donation of £5,000
  • Third Award: A grant donation of £3,000

The awards will be presented in Manchester on Tuesday, 17th June 2014.

Details of how to enter, the awards panel and the assessment criteria are included in the entry pack. Further information and extra entry packs are available from the awards secretariat, Jango Communications, by e-mailing Miss M Offer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Closing date for receipt of Registration of Interest: Friday, 14th February 2014

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