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UEG Rising Stars 2016 - nominations open

Friday, 05 June 2015 08:27

Every year, the UEG's National Societies Committee and Scientific Committee jointly select up to 10 emerging clinical scientists. Those young researchers are awarded Rising Star status based on a track record of international-quality research and developing scientific independence. This initiative provides a durable platform for young researchers to give state-of-the-art lectures and chair scientific sessions at UEG Week.

The nominations process for UEG Rising Stars is open until 30 September 2015; each Member Society may nominate a maximum of 2 candidates. If 2 candidates are supported, at least one must be female. The nominees will be supplied with mandatory supporting letters to accompany their application via the UEG website. Nominees must make their own application via the UEG website. To apply for nomination, BSG members should email the following mandatory documentation to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 1st September 2015.

  • The completed application form (download template)
  • One A4 page Curriculum Vitae.
  • Listing of full papers, downloaded from Medline or PubMed.
  • A short (maximum 300 words) outline of the talk they would give at UEG Week if selected as Rising Star.
  • a proposed review article for potential publication in the UEG Journal if selected as Rising Star.

Nominees need all this plus the supporting letter for their application to UEG.

Candidates for Rising Stars 2016

  • Must be born October 1, 1974 or later.
  • Must reside in Europe or in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Must show at least one publication as first, corresponding or last author in a major journal (Journal of Hepatology, Gut, Hepatology, Gastroenterology and above) or at least 3 publications in other renowned peer-review journals. Please note that this is a minimum criterion and in practice Rising Star awardees have substantial international quality publication records.
  • May be at any academic level except full professor.
  • Have to be able to give their talk at UEG Week in English.

 

For further details download the complete criteria for candidates and the selection process.

The Why, What and How of Endoscope Decontamination

Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:19

The study day is aimed at staff who undertake the day to day practice of endoscope decontamination

The expert speakers on the day include : Dr Helen Griffiths, Ms Tina Bradley and Mr Wayne Spence

Date: Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Location: ThinkTank Birmingham (Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG)

To book send your name, position, work address and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Full information for the day will be provided following booking

Register early for a guranteed place.

 

Guidance on Decontamination of Equipment for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: 2014 Edition

Thursday, 10 July 2014 13:58

The Report of a Working Party of the British Society of Gastroenterology Endoscopy Committee

June 2014

The 2008 guidance has been updated so as to incorporate the following developments:

  • The English Department of Health "Choice Frameworks for Local Policies and Procedures (CFPPs)" and equivalent documents from the devolved administrations.
  • Implications arising from moving decontamination facilities out of endoscopy units to centralised facilities, in some cases outside of the hospital campus; in particular the need to ensure a moist environment for endoscopes following last patient use and before decontamination, and conversely the maintenance of a dry storage state following decontamination and before next patient use.
  • Review of vCJD transmission risks, given that at the time of writing there are no known examples of vCJD arising as a result of endoscopy or surgery; guidance on decontamination of endoscopes following the performance of procedures in at-risk individuals is discussed, and quarantining of endoscopes is now deemed rarely necessary.
  • Some references to newer technologies such as NOTES and cholangioscopy.
  • A move away from enzymatic detergents, which have been linked to occupational dermatitis and asthma.
  • The introduction of audit tools, workforce recommendations and educational frameworks.

It is also acknowledged that there are many "stakeholders" in the field of decontamination. This, together with varying guidance from the devolved administrations, has frequently led to inconsistencies and misunderstandings. Against this background BSG Council has agreed that BSG will no longer co-ordinate revisions of its guidance, but a member of BSG Endoscopy will represent the Society on the Professional Expert Organisation Forum that has been established under the auspices of the Institute of Decontamination Sciences.

Finally Miles Allison would like to acknowledge the help and support of so many colleagues during his 12 years of involvement in this arena, in particular Tina Bradley, Helen Griffiths, Libby Thomson, Geoff Ridgway, Mike Bramble and the late Prof Don Jeffries.

18th ESGENA Conference

October 18-22, 2014
ACV, Vienna, Austria

Registration for the ESEGNA Conference is now open
Online registration and the programme can be found at the link below

Decontamination Alert - August 2013

Thursday, 22 August 2013 08:19

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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