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Thursday, 08 October 2015 07:29

Nursing is a complex profession but many people still don't understand what nurses and health care assistants actually do on a day to day basis.

The Royal College of Nursing wants to raise awareness of the value of nursing by sharing stories about the variety of nursing roles and the complex skills and knowledge needed to do the job.

Please submit your story at the link below.

Royal College of Nursing launches framework to improve care for liver disease patients

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 11:53

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a revised competence framework to help improve nursing care for people with liver disease. The framework, published on 18th September and launched at the British Liver Nurses' Forum 17th Annual Conference, aims to promote education and training in this area.

The framework is authored by RCN members Lynda Greenslade, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hepatology at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and Michelle Clayton, Lecturer in Liver Care at the University of Leeds. It describes the professional standards expected of practitioners when caring for adults and young people across England with liver disease. The framework is applicable to nursing staff in primary and secondary care settings, and is also suitable for use by healthcare practitioners such as GPs and liver dieticians.

The framework also highlights how liver disease was formerly considered to be a rare disease, but now is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK, namely as a result of alcohol, viral hepatitis and obesity leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

The RCN press release on the framework's publication can be found here, and the full framework can be found here.

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

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