BSG Hopkins Endoscopy Prize 2014
Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:44
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, or a new method using existing endoscopic equipment.
All applications must include the following:
- A manuscript (2 A4 pages ONLY) describing the work conducted.
- A bibliography of relevant personal publications.
- An outline of the proposed content of the lecture, including title.
- A written statement confirming that all or a substantial part of the work has been personally conducted in the UK or Eire.
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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Peter Cotton Advanced Endoscopy Travel Scholarships
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:58
at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA
Through the generosity of some of Dr Cotton's past trainees, some prior patients, and the proceeds of his book "The Tunnel at the End of the Light: my endoscopic journey in six decades", funds are available to support a limited number of Advanced Endoscopy Travel scholarships each year.
The grants are intended for post-graduate gastroenterologists (aged <40) from any country, to spend 2 weeks observing at the Digestive Disease Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, SC, USA. There will be no "hands-on" activity.
Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to successful North American applicants, and $4000 to Internationals.
More information about the Center and faculty can be found at:
Application should be made on the attached form, the deadline is January 1st 2014. They will be reviewed by a committee based at MUSC, and successful applicants notified within a month.
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Meeting the Demand for Endoscopy Services
Monday, 30 April 2012 11:12
Steve Hughes, BSG Vice-President Endoscopy & Roland Valori National Clinical Director for Endoscopy
There will be a 75% increase (on 2010/11 activity) in lower GI endoscopy demand in England in the next four years, on top of the 50% increase in activity achieved in the last four years. This extra demand arises from screening and symptomatic work. Most services have just been coping with increasing demand in recent years, but waiting lists initiatives remain common place and a few sites have perpetually long waits. Long waits is the most common reason sites struggle to maintain JAG accreditation. There is an urgent need to do things differently to respond to the increase in demand and to make 'just coping' a thing of the past. Learning from sites that maintain low waits indicates there are two key factors that determine how well a service keeps in control of its demand: effective planning and high productivity.
In anticipation of the increasing demand for endoscopy, and appreciation of the pressures endoscopy teams are under, the JAG, in collaboration with the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, is delivering a series of ten workshops throughout England to help endoscopy teams plan better and be more productive. The principal objective of the workshops is to enable teams to present more effective business plans to their trust boards. They are aimed at the medical and nurse lead, and their manager, and a representative of their PCT. They will be delivered in the next six months and be led by Roland Valori, NCD for endoscopy. You are strongly encouraged to attend. For more details please visit the JAG website: www.thejag.org.uk
Reducing risk of harm caused by bowel cleansing medication
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 16:39
This resource is one of a series produced by the Medicines Use and Safety Division of the East and South East England Specialist Pharmacy Services. These resources aim to support NHS organisations and practitioners from all sectors of care in implementing and assuring medication-related requirements published by the NPSA (Rapid Response Report RRR012: 'Reducing risk of harm from oral bowel cleansing solutions') to ensure that they are embedded in practice over time: a do-once-and-share approach.
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