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BSG Quality Improvement Lead and CSSC Secretary


The CSSC Quality Improvement Lead oversees the Quality Improvement work stream of the Clinical Standards and Services Committee (CSSC), one of the most important of the BSG standing committees.  Improving patient care is a core objective of the Society and is key to its charitable aims.  The CSSC QI and Guidelines leads are, therefore, members of Council

The Society’s QI workstream includes the BSG Quality Standards Framework (QSF), which was launched in 2019, is currently being piloted around the UK and sets out what a good gastroenterology and hepatology practice looks like.  The BSG QI work stream incorporates and aligns with other national QI projects such as IQILS, GIRFT and JAG, as well as QI initiatives in the Devolved Nations.


  • Lead the BSG Quality Improvement (QI) programme
  • This is initially a 2-year role but there is an expectation of progression through the committee to become the Chair after 4 years. The Chair of the CSSC serves for 2 years and is a member of the BSG Executive, meaning a total time frame of 6 years.
  • The CSSC has a remit to advance patient care through its ‘three pillars’:
    • Service delivery
    • Quality Improvement
    • Guidelines/ Standards of Care
  • The CSSC is composed of the Chair, Guidelines Lead, QI Lead, BSG President, President-Elect, representatives of all BSG Sections and the UK-wide Regional Representatives. The Four Nations Committee, the Independent Practice sub-committee; and the NHSE Patient Safety Expert Group also report to the CSSC.


  • Lead the BSG Quality Improvement programme and attend four meetings per year of BSG Council.
  • Lead, with the support of CSSC, the organisation of the Quality Improvement Symposium of the Annual BSG meeting and other relevant symposia, events or meetings
  • Support the Invited Service Review scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians which has been extended to include gastroenterology.
  • Assist the CSSC Chair in the management of the Committee’s annual budget which includes QI expenses.
  • Discuss QI funding requests with the CSSC Chair.
  • Additional committee responsibilities include:
    • To attend and report to three CSSC meetings each year in March, late November and at the annual meeting of BSG. To support the Chair and Deputy-Chair deputising as required.
    • To work with the CSSC Chair and Deputy-Chair to draft and produce policy documents on clinical and professional issues. And to participate in any ad-hoc meetings with them.
    • To attend the Endoscopy Stakeholders Group: chaired by the National Clinical Director for Diagnostics, NHS England along with the BSG Vice President for Endoscopy and representatives from JAG and the RCP. This is an important committee which advises on challenges to delivery of Endoscopy services in England.
    • To attend the biennial BSG Away-Day
    • Other matters as determined from time to time by BSG Council or Executive.


  • Co-ordinate and contribute actively to information on Quality Improvement activities via the BSG newsletters and website and directly with other BSG members/committees/groups undertaking Quality Improvement in the
  • To communicate professionally, effectively and accurately (verbally and in written form) both internally and externally to BSG stakeholders/ partners


  • Appointment as QI lead carries the expectation that the appointee will progress after 2 years to the role of Deputy Chair of the CSSC and after a further 2 years to the Chair of the Committee which includes membership of the BSG executive. The total length of the appointment to the CSSC is usually 6 years.  The post offers a wide experience of the work of the BSG, including involvement with Guidelines development, the network of Regional representatives and membership of Council.


  • To attend meetings of the BSG Quality Improvement programme including the Quality Improvement symposium of the Annual BSG meeting or other relevant symposia, events or meetings.
  • To attend four meetings a year of BSG Council.
  • To attend meetings relating to the Invited Service Review scheme run by the Royal College of Physicians.
  • To attend and report to three CSSC meetings each year in March, late November and at the annual meeting of BSG. There may also be ad-hoc meetings between the Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary of CSSC.
  • To attend the biennial BSG Away-Day, usually in Springtime.
  • To attend Endoscopy Stakeholders Group, usually at the RCP.


  • These are un-remunerated posts within the BSG and local arrangements (study or professional leave) should be negotiated at a local level
  • Reasonable expenses incurred through the role will be reimbursed (e.g. travel). 


Person Specification Essential Desirable
Academic Achievements


Higher degree/ qualification(s) and a member of the BSG from any category or sub-speciality Experience of healthcare systems
Experience Working in and chairing committees.

Track record in Teaching, Education, Training or Clinical & Research

Leadership experience and membership of a BSG Section Committee or higher committee of the BSG.
BSG Membership and Experience Must have been a BSG member for at least 5 years

Must have actively participated in BSG Committees / groups / networks or in BSG affiliated projects during the 3 years prior to application

Previous experience of working within the CSSC as a regional rep or section lead. Experience of QI work.
Skills Effective communication Teaching/Education, Training, Clinical service. Media training
IT Skills


Use of computers, e mails, documents and power point Understanding of online and social media communication
Personal Qualities Required


Team player, results-driven, assertive, committed and diligent

The BSG is committed to a policy of diversity and inclusion in all its activities and appointments.  All applications who meet the published job specification and criteria will be considered without regard to age, race, gender, orientation, ethnicity, in accordance with the Society’s approved E & I policy.

Applications close on 14th August 2020

Interviews will take place on 14th September 2020 (between 12.30-17.00) via teleconference call.

Ideally, the successful applicant will need to attend the virtual BSG Council meeting on the 17th September 2020.

To apply, please fill out the form below and upload your CV and a covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role.

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