Clinical News

BSG Response to Consultation on the Government's Alcohol Strategy

Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:52

Tom Smith, BSG Chief Executive

The British Society of Gastroenterology is continuing to lobby in the interests of our members, and patients, across gastroenterology and hepatology. As I am sure you are aware, the Government is currently consulting on their Alcohol Strategy which includes provision for a minimum unit price for alcohol of 45p. The BSG is working closely with partners in the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) to ensure that this minimum unit price is brought into action and that it is set at the more effective price of 50p. This is a significant moment in the push for measures to deal with the increasing problems that alcohol poses to the nation's health and we must seize on the opportunity to demonstrate the widespread support of health professionals for these measures. The BSG & AHA have submitted their responses. (The BSG response may be viewed via the link below).

NICE Alcohol Evidence Update 2013

Thursday, 07 February 2013 16:34

'Alcohol use disorders: harmful drinking and alcohol dependence Evidence Update January 2013'

NICE has released a summary of selected new evidence relevant to its clinical guideline 'Alcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence' (2011)

Evidence Updates provide a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the accredited guidance they relate to. They reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence. Evidence Updates highlight key points from the new evidence and provide a commentary describing its strengths and weaknesses. They also indicate whether the new evidence may have a potential impact on current guidance. For contextual information, this Evidence Update should be read in conjunction with the relevant clinical guideline, available from the NHS Evidence topic page for alcohol.

National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit: New Dataset and New Data Collection System

Monday, 03 December 2012 10:25

The National Oesophago-gastric Cancer Audit is pleased to announce that the new audit data collection system is now live.

The new data collection system is aligned to the new dataset for patients diagnosed with OG cancer and High Grade Dysplasia from 1 April 2012.

Full details about the new dataset, how to register for the new data collection system and supporting documents are available from the audit website:

How to register for the new system;

  1. Each user must follow the link to to register for a Single Sign On (SSO) account
  2. Complete the registration form (available from with each users details and send to your Caldicott Guardian for approval
  3. Your Caldicott Guardian will need to complete their section then submit to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  4. Each user will receive an email confirmation once access to the NOGCA system has been granted to your SSO account
  5. Each user can then follow the link to log into the system using their SSO account details created in Step 1

HQIP to publish 2013/2014 Quality Accounts in December 2012

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:56

If you manage a national clinical audit and have not already been contacted by HQIP as part of its scoping exercise, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to ensure your audit is considered for inclusion in the 2013/14 Quality Accounts. The list of national clinical audits to be included in Quality Accounts (QA) 2013/14 will be available to clinical audit professionals at the end of December 2012. Further information is available on the HQIP site.

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