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BSG Comment on publication of 2nd Atlas of Variation in NHS Diagnostic Services in England

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:40

The President of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Professor Martin Lombard commented, saying:

"The British Society of Gastroenterology welcomes the second Atlas of Variation in NHS Diagnostic Services in England; it is clear that unwarranted variation in endoscopy quality and access needs to be addressed. It is vital also that we keep our focus on outcomes rather than levels per se.

"Integral to high quality diagnostic services is the workforce and this cannot be underestimated in the current environment. Not only is this important for endoscopists but also for the wider team, who increasingly play a fundamental role in the delivery of high quality care.

"It is important that endoscopy resources are used in an impactful way and the right types of procedures are better deployed for the patient, such as colonoscopy, capsule endoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and CT colonoscopy whilst procedures such as barium enema, that have no place in modern gastroenterology, are phased out by NHS England."

BSG VP and team win HSJ Award

Monday, 28 November 2016 11:17

Prof Colin Rees wins 'Clinical Research Impact' category at HSJ Awards

On 23 November 2016, Prof Colin Rees and his team at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust won the Clinical Research Impact category of the Health Service Journal annual awards, for their entry "Delivering High Quality Gastroenterology Research". Sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, the award is presented to an NHS organisation that has made an extra effort to embed clinical research as core business and harness the outcomes of clinical research to improve services and treatments for its patients. The full statement from the NIHR can be found on the NIHR website. The full list of awards is on the Health Service Journal website. The BSG congratulates Prof Rees and his team.

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BSG Hopkins Endoscopy Prize 2017

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 08:30

The Hopkins Endoscopy Prize is awarded annually at the meeting of the British Society of Gastroenterology on the recommendation of the Endoscopy Committee. The prize is awarded for the best submission regarding a technical innovation in the field of endoscopy, a new method using existing endoscopic equipment or contribution to endoscopy research.

Entrants need not be a member of the Society. The successful recipient will be required to deliver a 30 minute lecture at the BSG Annual Scientific Meeting to be held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex, 19th-22nd June 2017. Applications should be composed electronically in Word or Rich Text format and emailed as an attachment to the BSG Office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5.00pm Monday 6th February 2017.

All applications must include the following:

  1. A manuscript (2 A4 pages ONLY) describing the work conducted.
  2. A bibliography of relevant personal publications.
  3. An outline of the proposed content of the lecture, including title.
  4. A written statement confirming that all or a substantial part of the work has been personally conducted in the UK or Eire.

ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:34

Professor Mike Thomson, BSG Adolescents & Young Persons Section

'The first ever ESGE/ESPGHAN Joint Paediatric Endoscopy Guidelines have just been e-published ahead of print in 'Endoscopy' and the 'Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition' (JPGN) simultaneously. This is unique in that it involved a focussed group of paediatric AND adult Gastroenterologists from both Societies (including a number of BSG Members) and represents the culmination of a 3 year period of collaboration with a rigorous interrogation of the evidence base available in the following areas, not previously covered by Guidelines for this age group: diagnostic upper GI endoscopy and ileo-colonoscopy; upper and lower GI bleeding; foreign body endoscopy management; stricture and achalasia endoscopy management; EUS; and ERCP. PEG/Js, IBD endoscopy and training have been dealt with in other Guidelines. These Executive summaries will be followed by the publication of the full text shortly in JPGN.'

Press Release: Medics call for urgent improvements in the quality of endoscopy across Europe

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:41

(Vienna) Every year, tens of millions of individuals across Europe undergo endoscopic procedures to assist with the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases. However, significant variation in current endoscopy provision across Europe has been reported¹, with back-to-back colonoscopy studies demonstrating that a concerning 22% of all adenomas are missed and that a three-to-six fold variation in adenoma detection is present between endoscopists².

This inconsistent provision, coupled with improved first-line screening methods, has created a requirement to improve the quality of endoscopy services as endoscopy of a high quality have been shown to deliver superior health outcomes, better patient experience and fewer repeat procedures³.

United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and The European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) have therefore published a joint paper which identifies a need for change and outlines the first phase of a series of recommendations for improvements in quality standards of endoscopy.

UEG endoscopy specialist Professor Thierry Ponchon, who is a member of the ESGE Quality Improvement Committee, welcomes the publication of new standards. "Endoscopy services throughout Europe are at a critical point at the current time. We must make improvements in the quality of service for our patients a major and immediate priority. Our aim is achieve high quality standards for endoscopy throughout Europe over the next two years and create a thriving community of endoscopy services for all."

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