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BSG Endolive 2017 - call for participating centres

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:42

BSG Endolive 2015, held in March of this year, was the largest live endoscopy meeting to have ever taken place in the UK. With > 500 delegates attending the Birmingham ICC from throughout the UK and beyond; an outstanding national and international faculty; and live endoscopy projected from centres around the UK, it proved to be a huge success.

Planning is now underway for Endolive 2017, to be hosted again from Birmingham ICC, in March 2017. An important next step involves the selection of sites to deliver live endoscopy. Whilst Endolive 2015 involved 4 endoscopy centres, for Endolive 2017 we have elected to concentrate the live sessions within 2 centres, but delivering the same quantity (and we expect quality!) of live endoscopy.

An application form (link below) should be completed by any endoscopy unit keen to be considered for this prestigious event. All applications must be emailed to Howard Ellison at BSG ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by Friday Dec 11th at 17:00. Following shortlisting, arrangements will be made for a site selection visit by course organisers MCI Ltd and the Endolive 2017 selection team.

  Download application form

BSG Hopkins Endoscopy Prize 2016

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:06

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 20 minute lecture at the BSG Annual Scientific Meeting to be held at the Liverpool ACC in June 2016. 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 5pm Monday 1st February 2016.

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.

Opportunity: JAG QA of Units Working Group Chair

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:41

The Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (the JAG) invites application from persons interested in taking up an important role in supporting the further development of quality assurance in endoscopy. The JAG wishes to appoint a Chair for the JAG QA of Units Working Group.

The Chair of the Units Working Group will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the QA of Units Working Group in developing policies and themes of work relevant to endoscopy service provision, the accreditation of provider units and the role of the JAG in delivering a quality assurance framework.

Deadline for applications: 4th December 2015


NHSIQ Productive Endoscopy

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 14:50

The Productive Endoscopy Unit is a set of 'how to' guides to help staff make improvements in endoscopy services and meet the quality improvement elements of the Global Rating Scale, and accreditation of service. The series is endorsed by the Joint Advisory Group for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG).

Based on the principles and methodology of 'Productive Operating Theatre' the series will help units to reduce waste through better workplace organisation; offering support processes; guidance for scheduling processes and improvement of information and patient flow - leading to reductions in errors and delays. The Productive Endoscopy Unit is available free of charge (one per unit) to all NHS endoscopy provider organisations and will be available from 1 April 2015. To pre-order your free copy, please fill in the details at the following link:

New Study Highlights Urgent Need to Improve GI Bleed Service Coverage

Friday, 03 July 2015 11:33

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) has welcomed the publication of a landmark report into gastrointestinal (GI) bleed services, and repeated its calls for urgent action to improve service provision and protect safety for all patients in the UK.

Half of hospitals that patients are admitted to as an emergency cannot provide all the services they might need for a GI bleed, according to the study by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). In addition, NCEPOD found that 32% of hospitals in their sample admitting GI bleed patients did not have a 24/7 endoscopy service, and issued a clear call for this to change.

The BSG has been working with its members and relevant agencies for several years to improve the provision of acute upper GI bleed (AUGIB) services, including through:

  • A series of clinical audits on GI Bleeds nationally, including the audit conducted with the National Blood Service reported in 2010
  • Working with NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) to audit services across England, documented in the launch of a report in 2014 which included models for service improvement
  • Developing an Upper GI Toolkit with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Contributing to the development of NICE guidance
  • Holding workshops with NHS IQ for BSG members on how services could be improved
  • Held a number of events at its annual conferences to highlight the issue

In addition to this, work is ongoing with NHS England to re-audit services to see where improvements have been made over the past two years. The BSG membership is united in its determination to see service change to make sure that patients with a GI bleed have access to the specialist services they need in an appropriate and timely manner.

Commenting, British Society of Gastroenterology President, Dr Ian Forgacs, said:

"This report is another important reminder of the urgent need to ensure that patients everywhere have access to GI bleed services available 24/7 either onsite or through a comprehensive network.

"Working with members to improve these services has been a key priority both for myself and the BSG for many years now, and this report is a reminder that there is still some way to go to deliver the services patients need and deserve.

"With the current political focus on delivering seven day services, particularly in areas where there is a high risk of mortality without appropriate treatment, there is a strong case for improving GI bleed services to be a key part of that agenda and we hope this report will help to build momentum and will for change around this issue.

"Until we see wholesale change to safe, comprehensive and high quality service coverage, the improvement of GI bleed services will remain a top priority for the BSG and its members."

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