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BSG Endoscopy Travelling Fellowships: MUSC Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:11

MUSC GI/Hepatology Division CME Conference - Saturday November 15th 2014
In collaboration with the South Carolina Gastroenterological Association

Olympus KeyMed is kindly sponsoring 10 travel grants, each of $2000, to help young British gastroenterologists attend a conference at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Friday 14th November

  • Tour MUSC's gastroenterology department
  • Observe endoscopy procedures both AM & PM
  • Lunch discussion with fellows
  • Lecture by Dr Peter Cotton - "Endoscopy; then now and maybe"
  • Dinner with MUSC faculty and fellows

Saturday 15th November

Update in Gastroenterology and Hepatology Course 08:00-17:00


  • Review the management of Hepatitis C with direct acting antiviral agents.
  • Discuss the various platforms and therapeutic capabilities of deep enteroscopy.
  • Discuss optimal investigation and management of biliary strictures
  • Review the role of endoscopy in the evaluation and management of pancreatitis and approaches to the prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis.
  • Explain how a GI practice in the future will need to evolve to meet the changes expected in healthcare reform.
  • Understand diagnostic criteria and preferred management of achalasia.
  • Understand the diagnostic criteria, surveillance recommendations, treatment options and post-treatment surveillance for Barrett's Esophagus
  • Discuss the current and possible future uses of vaccines in patients with IBD
  • Review current medical management in a step-up approach for IBD
  • Understand how to evaluate and manage the patient with suspected NASH

Priority will be given to senior trainees (ST 4/5) and junior consultants (those within 3 years of qualification), and to those who have not attended MUSC courses previously. Successful applicants will need to pay for their travel and their own accommodation from the provided funds. MUSC will provide details of discounted accommodation at locally recommended hotels.

BSG Endolive UK 2015

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:30

Please join us at the inaugural BSG Endolive UK meeting which will take place at The International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March 2015. The UK now delivers some of the highest quality endoscopy, endoscopy training and research in the world.

Endolive UK brings together the best of UK endoscopy into one national event. The meeting will mix live case demonstrations from leading UK experts with state of the art lectures and interactive workshops.

Faculty will include the UK's leading endoscopists supported by leading international experts such as Doug Rex, Paul Fockens and Peter Siersema. The focus of the meeting will be on improving endoscopy practice and quality.

We would encourage you to join us in this exciting new BSG venture showcasing the best of UK endoscopy. This interactive meeting will showcase UK endoscopy at its best. Endolive UK is an excellent opportunity for you to engage with the UK clinical community (consultant gastroenterologists from across the UK, trainees interested in endoscopy, surgical colleagues, and nurses) and to approach your target market.

Highlights include:

  • State of the art interactive scientific programme running over the course of two days.
  • Live endoscopy procedures (via video link) from key location(s) within the UK.
  • Meet the Experts sessions.
  • World-class invited speakers.
  • Nurse targeted sessions.
  • Reduced registration rates for nurses and trainees.

Location: Birmingham
Venue: ICC
Country: United Kingdom
Organizer: MCI UK
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New funding opportunity within the EME programme

Monday, 13 January 2014 15:29

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for stratified medicine in non-cancerous conditions. The call closes on 3 June 2014. Anyone interested can register for a webinar on 25 March 2014 to learn more about the call. Further information about the EME programme remit, the commissioning brief and tips for making a successful application are available from the EME website. NETSCC strongly advises that potential applicants collaborate and plan - successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. Build a strong team and start to prepare your bid using your combined expertise.

You can also develop new partnerships by attending a stratified medicine event co-hosted by the EME Programme and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) on Tuesday 1 April 2014 in central London. At this event, you will
learn from people in industry about their experience working with the NHS and researchers
hear researcher perspectives on partnering to take advantage of EME research funding awards
meet with potential partners to establish collaborations and take your funding application forward.
More information will be available later this month.


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.

Contact details – If you are interested in membership and participation in the workshops and are able to demonstrate commitment to training and development - for informal discussion you are encouraged to contact any of the members of the core development group. For booking on to the workshops please contact the secretary This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Decontamination Alert: August 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013 08:15

Choice Framework for local Policy and Procedures 01-06: Decontamination of flexible endoscopes details that manufacturer's instructions must be followed at all times when using an Endoscope Washer Disinfector (EWD), and selecting chemicals for use.

All units are asked to check that the chemicals (detergents and disinfectants) used in their EWDs are those tested by the machine manufacturer at the type-test stage with supporting evidence of efficacy. Under no circumstances should a chemical (i.e. disinfectant) be used that was not included in the type test data for that machine, this supports the need to follow manufacturer's instructions, as non-type tested chemicals may damage the internal mechanics of the EWD, therefore a possible risk to patients may occur.

If you are unsure which chemicals are recommended in your EWD please speak to your manufacturer requesting information specifically on 'type tested' chemicals.

Dr Helen Griffiths

Nurse Consultant Gastroenterology

Decontamination representative BSG Endoscopy Committee

On behalf of the Professional Expert Communications Forum: Decontamination of Medical Devices.

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