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Online Course: Feeding Difficulties in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 12:59

Although feeding difficulties are a common phenomenon in children with gastrointestinal disorders, symptoms are often not recognised early enough, preventing early management and the escalation of symptoms. It is important that healthcare professionals familiarise themselves with this topic, as difficulties may impact on both the child's growth and development as well as the wider psychological well-being of the child and family.

This teaching module explains current evidence as well as addressing some of the more practical issues of management, which may assist you in your daily practice.

New funding opportunity within the EME programme

Monday, 13 January 2014 15:32

The EME Programme is accepting applications to its commissioned workstream for stratified medicine in non-cancerous conditions. The call closes on 3 June 2014. Anyone interested can register for a webinar on 25 March 2014 to learn more about the call. Further information about the EME programme remit, the commissioning brief and tips for making a successful application are available from the EME website. NETSCC strongly advises that potential applicants collaborate and plan - successful EME applications generally involve strong collaborations between an academic unit and/or NHS organisation and/or industry. Build a strong team and start to prepare your bid using your combined expertise.

You can also develop new partnerships by attending a stratified medicine event co-hosted by the EME Programme and the NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) on Tuesday 1 April 2014 in central London. At this event, you will
learn from people in industry about their experience working with the NHS and researchers
hear researcher perspectives on partnering to take advantage of EME research funding awards
meet with potential partners to establish collaborations and take your funding application forward.
More information will be available later this month.


BSG Survey Evaluating UK Service Provision for PEG

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 10:58

The BSG have recently completed and published a web-based audit which provides an overview of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) services across the UK. The Audit Committee are very grateful to all the members of the BSG for taking the time to take part in this web-based questionnaire. There was an 83% response rate reflecting the ability of BSG members to produce and participate in high quality audits.

This National BSG survey demonstrates variations in practice, particularly with regards to PEG insertion in patients with dementia, the timing of PEG insertion and PEG aftercare. These variations in practice may be important factors accounting for the significant morbidity and mortality associated with this procedure. The full article has recently been published:

For any BSG members who would wish a copy please feel free to contact Chris Romaya ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Matt Kurien ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or David Sanders ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

NPSA Safety Alert: Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes in adults, children and infants

Friday, 25 March 2011 14:38

This Alert updates and strengthens Patient Safety Alert 05 (Reducing the harm caused by misplaced nasogastric feeding tubes) and is based on national learning since then.

The Alert must be actioned by all organisations in the NHS and independent sector where nasogastric feeding tubes are placed and used for feeding patients. An executive director, nominated by the chief executive, working with relevant medical and nursing staff should ensure, through reviewing policies, procedures and staff training that by 12 September 2011 they have met the six objectives highlighted in the Alert. These are described in full on the NPSA website.