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BSG Travelling Fellowship to EndoClub Nord, Hamburg, November 3rd - 10th 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 09:40

Background.

EndoClub Nord has developed over the last 20 years into the largest live endoscopy congress in the World, with > 2500 delegates attending from Germany and beyond. It remains a centre for the introduction of innovation in endoscopic practice and new technologies. We are delighted that Professor Thomas Rosch has invited the BSG to join the faculty of EndoClub Nord 2017, and Colin Rees, Pradeep Bhandari, John Anderson, Siwan Thomas-Gibson, and George Webster will be involved in live cases, debate, and commentary from Hamburg, with projection to other English-speaking centres around the world. To extend the BSG's engagement we have the opportunity, through fully supported travelling fellowships, for 10 trainees or junior consultants to join us in Hamburg. As well as attending EndoClub Nord (endoclubnord.de) November 3rd-4th, the fellows will also have the exciting opportunity to stay on for a further week, for tailored endoscopic experience within the EndoClub Nord Academy and allied hospitals. Fellows can expect to be able to select training and exposure to a wide range of interventional endoscopy, including upper and lower GI EMR and ESD, small bowel endoscopy, POEM, ERCP, cholangioscopy, enteral stenting, and HPB/OG EUS.

Who should apply?

Applications will be considered from medical/surgical trainees and consultants within 5 years of appointment, and will be most appropriate for those with a career focus including diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. Applicants must be BSG members.

What does the sponsorship cover?

Return flights to Hamburg, hotel accommodation, and registration to EndoClub Nord will be covered as part of the fellowship.

How to apply

Please complete the attached application form and send, with a testimonial from a referee, to the BSG ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and titled 'BSG Travelling Fellowship EndoClub Nord'.

Timeline

Closing date for applications: Friday August 11th 17:00.

Candidates informed of outcome of application: Friday September 1st 17:00

International Survey of Polypectomy Practice

Friday, 05 May 2017 12:56

Professor Michael Bourke - Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

I would be grateful if you can spend just a few minutes completing this survey on your colonoscopy and polypectomy practice. This really does not take long. If you do not perform colonoscopy you do not need to complete the survey.

This survey is trying to ascertain current international polypectomy practice. The study is led by our team in Sydney in partnership with the major gastreoenterrology societies. Further information and details can be found in the attached pdf letters.

If you respond (and enter your email address) we will follow up with the results in due course.

The survey contains some high quality polyp images and should be very interesting for colonoscopists. Please take a few minutes to ensure appropriate representation is collated from the UK.

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."

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