Clinical News

Graham Bull prize in clinical science and Goulstonian Lectureship 2017

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 13:07

The Graham Bull prize was established in 1988 in honour of Sir Graham Bull, who was the first director of the Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park. A trust for the Graham Bull prize was set up to provide money for young research workers under the age of 45 who feel that they have made a major contribution to clinical science.

The prize as designed by the trust is specifically for an application and not for nomination of individuals. The work can cover a wide range of expertise, such as:

  • molecular and cellular biology
  • imaging technology
  • psychiatry
  • health sciences

The award is open to RCP members and fellows who must apply for their own work to be considered. The sum of £1,000 is offered on a competitive basis each year.

The winner of this prize will be invited to deliver the Goulstonian Lecture, an annual lecture endowed in 1635 by Mrs Ellen Goulston in memory of her husband, Dr Theodore Goulston FRCP.

Researchers must be under the age of 45 on the application closing date (as per the terms of the original bequest), and must be a member or fellow of RCP London.

Further information, including details of how to apply, may be found on the RCP website:

Deadline for applications: Friday 31st March 2017

IBD Registry Update: Upload your patient data in November!

Monday, 31 October 2016 15:36

We are asking all sites that have any patient data live on a Registry-compatible system to upload their patient data to NHS Digital (HSCIC) during November. This is really important as the BSG Trustees will be assessing BSG support for the Registry/Audit in 2017 when they have their December 2016 meeting and we want to be able to show the good progress the Registry is making by reporting the maximum possible numbers of sites contributing and the numbers of patients in the central Registry. Every upload, even if the patient numbers on your database are relatively low, will help. Please ask for our support to do this if you need it - 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

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