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Clinical Research Fellow

Friday, 06 March 2015 11:12

Location: Birmingham

Salary: £31,301 to £54,199 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Contract / Temporary

Closes: 17th March 2015

Job Ref: 49682

Translational research in patients with chronic liver disease. One (possibly two) Clinical Research Fellows are sought to undertake translational research studies in patients with chronic liver disease. The position will be based in the internationally regarded Liver Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the NIHR funded Liver Biomedical Research Unit in the JIF-funded Institute of Biomedical Research.

They are looking for a clinician with MRCP or equivalent, a potential ability to conduct and publish their own research, strong communication skills and an ability and eagerness to work in a multi-disciplinary team. You will recruit patients and co-ordinate clinical trials in cell therapy, liver cancer or autoimmune liver disease with the assistance of the Liver Clinical Trials team.

Vacancy: Clinical Research Fellow for National Bowel Cancer Audit

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 08:11

The National Bowel Cancer Audit evaluates the quality of care received by patients with Bowel cancer in England and Wales. Its aim is to assess the organisation of cancer services as well as the diagnosis and staging process and the outcomes of treatment.

For this Audit, the RCS are seeking an enthusiastic clinical fellow who will be part of a multidisciplinary team. The candidate will support the further development of the Audit, the assessment of data quality, data analysis, and reporting of its findings and policy implications. The candidate will be expected to use their work as the basis for an MD/PhD thesis.

The Audit has until now has focused primarily on bowel cancer patients who are treated surgically. The successful candidate will help to widen the scope of the Audit (including all bowel cancer patients, not only those treated surgically) and to extent its time horizon (assessing long-term patient outcomes up to five years after diagnosis)

The post will be based in The Clinical Effectiveness Unit, a joint unit of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Its remit is to carry out national audits, develop audit methodologies and produce evidence on clinical and cost-effectiveness of surgical procedures.

The Audit is funded by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership. It is carried out by the Clinical Effectiveness Unit in partnership with the Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland, and the NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The candidate should have clinical experience in a relevant discipline (surgery, gastroenterology, oncology) and have passed a Membership/ Fellowship exam of a relevant Royal College. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and good organisational abilities are essential. Research experience is an advantage.

Informal enquiries regarding this post should be directed to Dr Kate Walker, Lecturer in Medical Statistics ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); Mr Nigel Scott, Colorectal Surgeon ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ); or Professor Jan van der Meulen, Professor in Clinical Epidemiology ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

For further information on this role and to apply please visit using reference 14/15.

Closing date: 15 March 2015
Proposed interview date: 23 March 2015
Start Date: As soon as possible

Past, Present and Future: Cholestasis

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 07:48

This meeting will present the major advances in the field of cholestasis. It will address the most important historic milestones that shaped our current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies focusing on PSC, PBC and debilitating symptoms such as pruritus and fatigue impacting on our patients' quality of life.

State-of the art talks by internationally recognized experts in the field will outline the recent insights that are already changing our daily clinical practice. Joint presentations by leading investigators and their fellows will highlight the newest findings in bench-to-bedside cholestasis research with an emphasis on the gut liver axis, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy and pediatric cholestasis. The scientific program includes the lecture, named in honor of Alan F. Hofmann, whose constant spirited motivation has been moving forward the understandings of bile acid physiology and related diseases for decades and inspired many leading physicians and investigators.

Attendance at the meeting is free of charge. Places are limited, however, so registration does not automatically guarantee a place as the organizers are aiming to achieve a wide spread of representation at the meeting. Young investigators are encouraged to apply for travel bursaries by submitting an abstract. The top 5 abstracts will be selected for a poster session and receive a young investigator award. (Deadline: Friday 6th March)

BSG Trainees Survey 2014 – Summary of results December 2014

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 10:16

The 2014 survey was sent to all trainees in gastroenterology in the UK using both BSG and local representative databases. The survey was open from July-September 2014. 263 out of 806 UK trainees responded, giving a response rate of 32.6%. This is a fall from the response rates of 39.7% in 2012 and 35.7% in 2010. As with previous surveys, responses in 2014 come from all training programmes.

37% of responders were female, up from 31.1% in 2012. All grades of training were well represented.

BSG Trainees Management Weekend 2015

Monday, 03 November 2014 10:14

Charlotte Rutter, Chair, BSG Trainees Section

Online booking for the highly popular, annual Management Weekend is now live. The course is aimed at senior trainees who are preparing for consultant posts as well as those interested in management and leadership issues. It takes place on 27-28th February at the Hilton Hotel, Warwick and costs £75 for members and £125 for non-members (includes dinner and accommodation on Friday night and food on Saturday).

Following the success of the 2014 course, in collaboration with Inspire Change, the Management Weekend will now follow a 2 year rolling programme. Therefore, I would encourage those trainees who attended the 2014 course to come along in order to complete the requirements for your management course.

The course aims are:

  • To gain the required skills to write and present a business case
  • To appreciate the communication skills required to address and deal with complaints and difficult scenarios in the workplace
  • To understand finances and the role of stakeholders in the current NHS framework
  • To understand the process of health service improvement and how it can be applied in practice
  • To develop an understanding of how to enhance leadership skills for trainees in gastroenterology

Further information and online booking can be found at:

There is only availability for 50 delegates and so please book early to avoid disappointment.


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