The BSG has 14 Regional Reps representing 11 English regions and Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They attend CSSC meetings and produce reports detailing the main issues in each region thereby giving a highly valuable insight into service issues.
Our regional reps are tasked to develop networks of clinical reps in each hospital in their region with the aim of establishing links and regular forums so that information can be exchanged between what is happening locally with the dissemination of good practice, guidelines and quality improvement from BSG and its members; for example, enabling sections to push out their guidelines or care bundles to our members in the frontline for implementation.
To find out more, contact our Clinical Services and Standards Committee.
“The role of the BSG regional reps is as important now as it has ever been. Coordinating regional intelligence on the challenges faced by colleagues is a hugely fulfilling role. The associated responsibility of functioning at the RCP Regional Specialty Advisor (RSA), overseeing the considered approval of new consultant post job descriptions, provides a very practical way of influencing the care delivered in your region.
The BSG clinical standards and services committee (CSSC) is a key professional forum ultimately responsible for the quality of care delivered to UK patients with gastrointestinal disease. Representation from the various BSG section committees brings state of the art guidelines, recommendations and policy. That work needs to be complemented and refined by the input from regional reps reflecting the practical, day to day experience of colleagues.
I would encourage any colleague with a desire to “make a difference” to patients with gastrointestinal disease to consider taking on the role of BSG regional representative.”
Jeremy Shearman, West Midlands Regional Representative, 2018-21