Guidelines Policy

Guidelines Policy

Guideline Development Within the BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee Policies

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Guidelines Overview

Dr Rupert Ransford, BSG Guidelines Lead provides an overview of the BSG Guidelines below.

NICE Accreditation

NICE renews BSG accreditation for Clinical Guidelines

Dr Rupert Ransford, BSG Guidelines Lead/ Guidelines Editor Gut says: “we are delighted to announce that the British Society of Gastroenterology has successfully renewed the accreditation by NICE to follow detailed BSG processes in order to produce high quality clinical guidelines. This renewed accreditation is now valid for 5 years until 2023 and continues from the original accreditation which was achieved in 2013. The BSG can continue to use the highly coveted NICE Accreditation Mark and looks forward to producing independent, evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and ill health in Gastroenterology and Hepatology”. Professor Emad M El-Omar, Editor in Chief at GUT says “Gut is very proud to publish the BSG Guidelines, which are of the highest international calibre. These Guidelines are respected and followed the world over and have certainly contributed to the success of our journal.”

BSG guidelines deal with the investigation, management and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

These Guidelines and guidance documents have been prepared or endorsed by the British Society of Gastroenterology. They represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence at the time of preparation. They may not apply in all situations and should be interpreted in the light of specific clinical situations and resource availability. Clinical decisions involve a complex analysis of the patient’s condition and available routes of action which may lead a clinician to take a course of action that varies from these guidelines or guidance. Guidelines and guidance documents are not rules and should not be interpreted as establishing a legal standard of care.British Society of Gastroenterology guidelines aim to improve the standard of practice of clinical gastroenterology and hepatology and represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence. Accreditation of the process we use to produce best practice clinical guideline through the NICE Accreditation Programme demonstrates that our guidelines are of a very high quality. We are confident that NICE accreditation will heighten the standing of our guidelines and will lead to further improvement in the quality of patient care.


ESPGHAN GI Advice Guides on Neurological Impairment in Children

ESPGHAN would like to introduce three new advice guides relating to the treatment and management of children with neurological impairment (NI).

Management of patients with increased risk for familial pancreatic cancer

Updated recommendations from the International Cancer of the Pancreas Screening (CAPS) Consortium

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Stent-Shunt (TIPSS) in the management of portal hypertension

These guidelines are new and have been produced in collaboration with the BSIR and BASL.

Guidelines for the management of hereditary colorectal cancer from the BSG /ACPGBI/UKCGG

This guideline for the management of hereditary CRC is an update from the 2010 BSG/ACPGBI guidelines for colorectal screening and surveillance in moderate and high-risk groups...

Bowel preparation for colonoscopy: European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Guideline - Update 2019. BSG endorsed.

BSG/ACPGBI/PHE Post-polypectomy and post-colorectal cancer resection surveillance guidelines

These consensus guidelines were jointly commissioned by the BSG, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and Public Health England

Pancreatic Cancer UK: The care you should expect and receive

Patient Charter

Oesophageal manometry and oesophageal reflux monitoring

Trudgill NJ, et al. Gut 2019;66:1–20. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2018-318115

Diagnosis and therapy of genetic haemochromatosis (review and 2017 update)

doi: 10.1111/bjh.15164

Diagnosis and management of patients at risk of gastric adenocarcinoma

The BSG endoscopy committee agreed to create a guideline to provide statements and recommendations on the prevalence, risks, diagnosis, treatment, surveillance and screening of gastric premalignant and early gastric malignant lesions.

2016 ENETS Consensus Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors

ENETS 2016 Guidelines

NICE Guidelines: Pancreatic cancer in adults: diagnosis and pancreatic cancer in adults: diagnosis and management

Published February 2018

NICE Guidelines: Pancreatitis

Published Sep 2018

BSG consensus guidelines on the management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults

This guideline for management of inflammatory bowel disease in adults over 16 years of age was developed by Stakeholders representing UK physicians, surgeons, specialist nurses, paediatricians, dietitians, radiologists, general practitioners and patients.

BSG and UK-PSC guidelines for the diagnosis and management of primary sclerosing cholangitis

These guidelines on the management of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) were commissioned by the BSG liver section.

NICE guideline on colorectal cancer: diagnosis and management

Clinical guideline [CG131]

Diagnosis and management of acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding: guidelines from the British Society of Gastroenterology

This is the first UK national guideline to concentrate on acute lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) and has been commissioned by the Clinical Services and Standards Committee of the BSG.

Hepatocellular carcinoma: ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up

A. Vogel, et al. Annals of Oncology 29 (Supplement 4): iv238–iv255, 2018 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdy308

The use of faecal microbiota transplant as treatment for recurrent or refractory Clostridium difficile infection and other potential indications

Mullish BH, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–32. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2018-316818

Guidelines for the investigation of chronic diarrhoea in adults: BSG, 3rd edition

Arasaradnam RP, et al. Gut 2018;0:1–20. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2017-315909

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