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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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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."

UK NSC recommendation on Bowel Cancer screening in adults

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 14:45

Following evaluation and consultation, that BSG fed in to, the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has recommended a change to the test used in the Bowel Cancer Screening Programmes. UK NSC has announced that the use of Faecal Immunochemical Test as the primary test for bowel cancer should replace guaiac Faecal Occult Blood Test. UK NSC has also indicated that as colonoscopy capacity grows or screening uptake increases, the programmes should review and recommend alteration of the cut offs to increase the number of cancers detected.

Peter Cotton Advanced Endoscopy Travel Scholarships

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:07

Medical University of South Carolina

Grants will be awarded to cover expenses for travel and accommodation; up to $2500 for successful North American applicants, and up to $4,000 for Internationals.

The grants are intended for post-graduate gastroenterologists from any country to spend two weeks observing at the Medical University of South Carolina's Digestive Disease Center located in Charleston, SC, USA. Please be aware that there will be no "hands-on" clinical activity.

Deadlines for applications are 1st September and 1st April each year. They will be reviewed by a committee of MUSC faculty and international colleagues, and successful applicants will be notified within one month.

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