BSG Higher Committees

The higher committees of the BSG are focused on the charitable objectives of the BSG. From 2021, every Higher Committee Chair now has a deputy chair who will succeed them, to ensure a consistent handover of work. The post holder will spend two years as Deputy Chair, then two years as Committee Chair.


The Society primarily pursues its charitable objects by giving support to its members in their professional capacities. Its purpose is achieved through a series of work streams related to its charitable objects of research, education and training, clinical standards and membership support.

BSG Higher Committees

Clinical Services and Standards

The BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee has a remit to advance excellent patient care by improving service delivery, encouraging quality improvement, and producing guidelines and standards of care based on the best available evidence. There are 14 Regional Reps representing the 11 English regions, and Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland representatives. In 2020, the committee was restructured and the regional representatives were given a dedicated meeting with the Chair. This has considerably strengthened the Committee, as was evident by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic the subsequent recovery pressures which we now endure.


The purpose of the BSG Research Committee is to stimulate the quantity and quality of basic, translational and clinical gastrointestinal and liver research conducted in the United Kingdom, with particular reference to clinical research and widespread involvement of Society members.

Any member interested in becoming involved in research should contact a member of the Committee.

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Education is one of the most vital areas in which the BSG is involved – from the annual conference to small local meetings. It is essential that we offer access to high-quality educational tools and events to our members and also support our members to organise their own events.

The BSG Education Committee is responsible for the programme of all educational meetings of the society, including those organised by the BSG’s sections. The Committee considers all aspects of education in gastroenterology. It is responsible for considering applications for financial support in regard to attending conferences and educational training courses and it advises on nominations for such fellowships and awards. In considering the education strategy for the BSG it is important that we remain aligned with the BSG mission statement, specifically by supporting the strategic pillar of service improvement and advancing knowledge, so that the Society remains a resource of high quality information, guidance and education.


The BSG Training Committee is a forum for discussion on the training needs of Specialist Registrars in medical gastroenterology.  It aims to coordinate discussion between professional bodies with an interest and make recommendations.


The purpose of the BSG International Committee is to deliver the overall mission of the BSG to provide the best care and achieve the best outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases in settings across the world. This strategy document details how the International Committee will act to co-ordinate professionals in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology community in the United Kingdom through defined initiatives to enable both the BSG and its members to achieve this mission.

Latest Guidelines

Clinical Resources
Position Statements
ESGE Position Statement: Diagnosis and management of iatrogenic endoscopic perforations
These ESGE Guidelines have been reviewed by the Endoscopy Section in 2020 and replace the BSG Guideline on Complications of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2006).
Position Statements
The London Classification: Improving Characterization and Classification of Anorectal Function with Anorectal Manometry
This document was published in September 2020.