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NICE committee to develop guidelines on Alcohol: school-based interventions

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 14:15

NICE are looking to recruit experts on Alcohol to join their Public Health committee to develop a guideline on Alcohol: school-based interventions. They need both lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) and people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic.

If any BSG members would like to apply, there are more details on the NICE website. The deadline for applications is 12/01/17 at 17:00.

Judicial Review on NHSE run rate approach for treatment of hepatitis C

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 11:21

Specialised Commissioning Blood and Infection Programme of Care Briefing – November 2016

The decision on permission in respect of the claim for a judicial review brought against NHS England was made on 21 September 2016. The court declined permission.

On the case for judicial review, the judge concluded that the run rate approach being followed by NHS England was a legitimate way of giving effect to the NICE guidance which requires the treatment to be made available to 'patients with the highest unmet clinical need'. Work will now focus on re-engaging with stakeholders. Work on plans for a multi-year strategic procurement for hepatitis C is well progressed. There are two new treatments subject to NICE appraisal with final announcements expected during the remainder of 2016/17 which may necessitate further rate cards to be issued during this contract year. This is being kept under review and the intention is to provide as much notice of changes as possible.

Parliamentary Constituency (England) Liver Disease Burden Profiles

Monday, 03 October 2016 10:58

As part of its mission to increase awareness of liver disease amongst parliamentarians and policy makers the Lancet Commission for Liver Disease, of which the BSG is an active contributor, has been working to produce profiles of the burden of liver disease across England. The profiles have been customised to show data including Years of Life Lost, Mortality Rate and Hospital Admissions that is specific to each of the 533 parliamentary constituencies in England.

To view the profiles for your area please visit the Foundation for Liver Research website at the links below.

Dame Sheila Sherlock travelling fellowships

Friday, 23 September 2016 13:12

The fellowships offer consultants and trainees the opportunity to learn new techniques and acquire new experiences, ideas and stimulation through travel and the exchange of ideas.

Two travelling fellowships are available, covering a period of 1 month each, and will be offered to one consultant and one trainee. Each fellowship will be for a maximum of £2,000, with the recipients being responsible for funding any additional costs.

How to apply

Please email your completed application form and any supporting papers for the attention of the academic vice president to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Monday 16 January 2017. Application forms can be downloaded at the link below.

Launch of IAS Report 'Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol'

Monday, 09 November 2015 10:42

Today the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has published a report condemning the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has "worsened the health of the nation". Titled Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, the report's main findings include:

  • The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community
  • It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm
  • The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices
  • Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges
  • The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them

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