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Dame Sheila Sherlock Travelling Fellowships in Hepatology

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:12

Applications are invited from consultants and specialty registrars for Dame Sheila Sherlock hepatology fellowships. The fellowships have been offered by Dr Geraint James in memory of his wife, Dame Sheila Sherlock.

Their purpose is to offer the opportunity to learn new techniques and acquire new experiences, ideas and stimulation by travel and exchange of ideas. Two travelling fellowships are available covering a period of one month each and will be offered to one consultant and one specialist registrar. Each fellowship will be for a maximum of £2,000, with the recipients being responsible for funding any additional costs.

Closing date for applications is 16 January 2015.

Alcohol Treatment Matrix

Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:11

An innovative way of presenting evidence on alcohol treatment has been praised by several BSG members - the 'Go to Matrix' which presents a lot of clinical information in a clear way:

The Alcohol Treatment Matrix is concerned with the treatment of alcohol-related problems among adults (another deals with drug-related problems). It maps the treatment universe and for each sub-territory (a cell) lists the most important UK-relevant research and guidance. Across the top, columns move from specific interventions through how their impacts are affected by the widening contexts of practitioners, management, the organisation, and whole local area treatment systems. Down the rows are the major intervention types implemented at these levels. Inside each cell is our pick of the most important documents relevant to the impact of that intervention type at that contextual level. Visit the matrices page for articles, presentations, and a video explaining their genesis and construction.

Multi Regional Audit of Blood Component Use in Patients with Cirrhosis

Monday, 17 March 2014 15:42

Published March 2014

This project was designed to collect information on patients admitted with a diagnosis of cirrhosis with respect to their use of blood components during the course of their admission. All hospitals registered with the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) across the United Kingdom were invited to participate.

The BSG in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) invited all staff on the current BSG membership lists. The project was also supported by the British Association for the Study of Liver Disease (BASL) and Regional Transfusion Committees. Interested parties registered with the BSG. They were then sent supporting documentation plus a link to an online data collection tool. The data collection tool was piloted in 3 sites prior to the main audit and modified using an iterative process. An organisational audit was also carried out to supplement the clinical information.

Public Health Research project 09/3001/09 report published:

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:01

"Reducing alcohol-related harm in disadvantaged men: development and feasibility assessment of a brief intervention delivered by mobile telephone, Public Health Research".

MRC Public Health Intervention Development Scheme (PHIND)

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:57

The Public Health Intervention Development scheme (PHIND) is a new MRC funding scheme designed specifically to provide support for early phase development of public health interventions. This rapid response funding scheme is aimed at improving the initial evidence on which the development and evaluation of public health interventions are based. Studies should address an important UK or global public health issue and offer an innovative approach to intervention development or applying an existing intervention in a new setting.

The scheme's remit ranges from primary research developing and designing the intervention to feasibility studies, encompassing:

  • developing theory
  • modelling process and outcomes
  • assessing feasibility

Systematic reviews, meta analyses and pilot studies are outside the remit of the PHIND scheme. Applicants can apply for up to £150K for a maximum of 18 months and the scheme will operate three times a year. For further information, please see the MRC website.

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