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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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."
BSG – ESD Interest Group
Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:54
- To develop and support training & service standards in Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection of the GI tract.
- To encourage participation in UK multicenter research on ESD of the GI tract
Core Development group:
Prof Pradeep Bhandari (Chair)
Dr Sunil Dolwani (Secretary)
Dr Noriko Suzuki (Technical Lead)
Membership - Membership of the group is open to members of the BSG who can demonstrate their ability, motivation and local/regional support for the development of ESD in the UK. Members are expected to participate in workshops and will benefit from access to international and national faculty as part of the workshops as well as participation in discussion regarding pathways for referral, technical aspects and regional networks for ESD in the UK.
Annual program of the BSG- ESDIG – The Group is supported by the Endoscopy committee of the BSG and aims to continue workshops at least twice a year in the UK with invited International faculty, live case demonstration, hands on time on animal models to assist and facilitate learning ESD techniques in a safe environment. Workshops include a discussion forum for local experience, technical and logistical tips and tricks, governance issues, UK regulation related to ESD as well as training of assistants and nurses and are generously supported by Industry partners. Members are encouraged to bring a nominated endoscopy nurse to learn from our Nurse faculty and assist them in local service set up. Workshops are usually limited to small numbers and early application is advised. Previous International Workshop faculty have included – Dr. Yutaka Saito & Dr. Takashi Toyonaga. Future plans include development of a structured individualized training program for members in collaboration with National & International colleagues and assistance with facilitation of International fellowship support through links via the core development group.
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