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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

IAS Report into Alcohol's impact on the Emergency Services

Monday, 26 October 2015 09:51

The Institute of Alcohol Studies have today launched a report on alcohol's impact on the emergency services.

The IAS report is based on a survey among emergency services (police, ambulance, fire service and ED consultants) where they were asked about their perceived burden from alcohol related cases, such as time spent on alcohol related cases and also about potential verbal or physical abuse at work from people affected by alcohol.

The survey of front line staff shows that alcohol takes up as much as half of the time of the emergency services. The issue is particularly acute for the police, for whom 53% of their workload, on average, is alcohol-related. However, even fire and rescue teams, who reported being the least affected of the emergency services by alcohol, typically spent one in five working hours dealing with the consequences of drinking.

The IAS would welcome the support of AHA members in spreading the word by sharing the results of the project as widely as possible using your social media and online channels.

The full report is published on the IAS website, along with a short animation film summarising the findings. Both report and film can be found at: http://www.ias.org.uk/What-we-do/IAS-reports.aspx

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

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 11:48

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.

New Study Highlights Urgent Need to Improve GI Bleed Service Coverage

Friday, 03 July 2015 11:33

The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) has welcomed the publication of a landmark report into gastrointestinal (GI) bleed services, and repeated its calls for urgent action to improve service provision and protect safety for all patients in the UK.

Half of hospitals that patients are admitted to as an emergency cannot provide all the services they might need for a GI bleed, according to the study by the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD). In addition, NCEPOD found that 32% of hospitals in their sample admitting GI bleed patients did not have a 24/7 endoscopy service, and issued a clear call for this to change.

The BSG has been working with its members and relevant agencies for several years to improve the provision of acute upper GI bleed (AUGIB) services, including through:

  • A series of clinical audits on GI Bleeds nationally, including the audit conducted with the National Blood Service reported in 2010
  • Working with NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) to audit services across England, documented in the launch of a report in 2014 which included models for service improvement
  • Developing an Upper GI Toolkit with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Contributing to the development of NICE guidance
  • Holding workshops with NHS IQ for BSG members on how services could be improved
  • Held a number of events at its annual conferences to highlight the issue

In addition to this, work is ongoing with NHS England to re-audit services to see where improvements have been made over the past two years. The BSG membership is united in its determination to see service change to make sure that patients with a GI bleed have access to the specialist services they need in an appropriate and timely manner.

Commenting, British Society of Gastroenterology President, Dr Ian Forgacs, said:

"This report is another important reminder of the urgent need to ensure that patients everywhere have access to GI bleed services available 24/7 either onsite or through a comprehensive network.

"Working with members to improve these services has been a key priority both for myself and the BSG for many years now, and this report is a reminder that there is still some way to go to deliver the services patients need and deserve.

"With the current political focus on delivering seven day services, particularly in areas where there is a high risk of mortality without appropriate treatment, there is a strong case for improving GI bleed services to be a key part of that agenda and we hope this report will help to build momentum and will for change around this issue.

"Until we see wholesale change to safe, comprehensive and high quality service coverage, the improvement of GI bleed services will remain a top priority for the BSG and its members."

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