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BSG Liver Section Training Information 2014

Core Hepatology Training

All gastroenterology trainees must complete training in hepatology. To achieve core competencies, all trainees must train in hepatology for a minimum of 12 months, of which at least 6 months should be in a level 2 or 3 centre. Evidence of competency should be demonstrated using work-place based assessments (WPBA) recorded in the trainee eportfolio.

The syllabus for core hepatology training is available within the JRCPTB Gastroenterology 2010 curriculum (pages 77-90). http://www.jrcptb.org.uk/trainingandcert/ST3-SpR/Documents/2010%20(AUC)%20Gastroenterology%20curriculum(amendments%202013).pdf

Advanced Hepatology Training

In order to receive a sub-specialty certificate in hepatology, the trainee must spend a total of two years of the programme in training in liver disease. All of the training must be completed within the time constraints of the training programme (4 or 5 years depending on whether or not the trainee will also be seeking certification in general internal medicine).

One year of the programme should be spent in a recognised advanced training post, which includes at least 3 months in a level 3 specialist centre. These posts are nationally competitive and ideally should be completed during ST6 (Link to page with details of ATPs). Ideally all of the training should occur within level 2 or level 3 centres but if this is not possible, a maximum of six months may be spent in a level 1 centre.

The competencies for advanced hepatology are available in the JRCPTB Gastroenterology 2010 curriculum (pages 97-104) http://www.jrcptb.org.uk/trainingandcert/ST3-SpR/Documents/2010%20(AUC)%20Gastroenterology%20curriculum(amendments%202013).pdf

Training Courses and Events

  • 14th September 2014 – Newcastle, UK

    NIHR Infrastructure / BASL Training workshop 2014. Fibrosis from theory to practice: An exploration of the challenge of developing anti-fibrotic therapy for liver disease and how we may approach addressing it:

  • 30th September 2014 – London, UK

    Royal College of Pathologists: Liver biopsy in the assessment of medical liver disease:

  • 21st November 2014 – Edinburgh, UK

    BASL School of Hepatology:

  • 28-29th November 2014 – Belgrade, Serbia

    EASL Clinical School of Hepatology: Liver cirrhosis- A systemic disease:

Advanced Hepatology Programme

The advanced hepatology programme module is designed to provide additional training in hepatology, including experience in a transplant unit. The posts are recognised by JRCPTB and therefore count towards subspecialty accreditation in the field. The posts are aimed primarily at trainees who will be ST6, although entry at ST5 or ST7 is also permissible.

All 15 posts in England commence on the 1st Wednesday in September and are nationally competitive. Applications are submitted through a single national system, with successful applicants matched to an appropriate post based on ranking from the application/interview process and personal preference. The application process takes place during November with interviews held in January. In 2014 the interviews were held in London.

The table below lists the available posts and contact details for each consultant lead. Applicants interested in the 12 month post in Edinburgh should contact Prof Peter Hayes, (email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Lead centre Transplant unit Duration of training in
transplant unit (months)
Contact Email
Birmingham Birmingham 12 Dhiraj Tripathi This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Liverpool Birmingham 3 Paul Richardson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Cambridge Cambridge 12 Bill Griffiths This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Nottingham Cambridge 6 Guru Aithal This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Oxford Cambridge 3 Jane Collier This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Southampton Cambridge 3 Kate Nash This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Royal London (x2 posts) Royal Free 6 Richard Marley This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Sheffield (x 2 posts) Leeds 6 Phaedra Tachtatzis This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Plymouth (x 2 posts) King's 6 Matthew Cramp This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Newcastle Newcastle 12 Mark Hudson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
St Mary’s (London) x 2 posts King's 6 Ashley Brown This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There are full job descriptions for most of the posts, which can be viewed here. All the posts will offer opportunities to attain the competencies required for advanced hepatology training.

The person specification for 2014 is available here. Shortlisting is based on a ranking system with scoring based on the framework shown here. A guide to the online application process from 2014 can be viewed here.

Statistics from 2014 recruitment round

Statistics from 2014 recruitment round

37 candidates applied and 30 were shortlisted for interview. 5 candidates did not get offered a post as they had given limited geographical preferences or declined the posts they were offered. 10 candidates were not offered any post as they did not rank highly enough after interview. All 15 posts were therefore filled during the 2014 recruitment round.

The table below shows that 8/15 candidates were offered their first choice post with 10/15 staying in their training deanery for at least part of the ATP.

RankingPost offered
1 1st choice
2 1st choice
3 3rd choice
4 4th choice
5 5th choice
6 1st choice
7 (Joint) 1st choice
7 (Joint) 1st choice
9 9th choice
10 1st choice
11 1st choice
17 1st choice
18 13th choice
19 11th choice
20 (Joint) 5th choice
Current Deanery/HE regionPost
KSS Plymouth/Kings
North East Newcastle
London Plymouth/Kings
London London - Royal London/Free
North West (North Western) Birmingham
Thames Valley (Oxford) Oxford
Yorkshire & The Humber Leeds/Sheffield
London London - St Mary's - Kings
South West (Severn) Nottingham
North West (Mersey) Liverpool
London London - Kings - St Mary's
London Southampton
London Leeds/Sheffield
London London - Royal Free/London
South West (Peninsula) Cambridge