Trainees urged to take part in Endoscopy survey

Endoscopy training in the UK has undergone significant changes over the last few years, with implications for both medical and surgical GI trainees. Our trainee groups are now conducting a nationwide survey of endoscopy training for anyone with a GI interest to compare current training requirements with existing trainee exposure and access and need input from all Trainees.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and can be found at The full results will be fed directly back to JAG, the relevant STEC groups as well as being distributed directly to trainees.

Rob Jones, Vincent Yip, Andrew Robertson
Association of Upper GI Surgeons Trainees Committee

Nicholas Stylianides
The Dukes’ Club, Colorectal Trainees Association

Georgina Chadwick
British Society of Gastroenterology Trainees Committee

New GI appointment

The Royal College of Surgeons is working with partners to develop a nationwide infrastructure to create and expand a surgical clinical trials portfolio over the next five years. In collaboration with AUGIS, the RCS is seeking to make a new appointment in upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery. Please follow this link for more information and details on how to apply:

Registration opens for our Gateshead Meeting

Registration for the 17th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting  (The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, September 19-20, 2013)  is now open. It promises to be an excellent meeting with a packed agenda, top level speakers from the UK and abroad and a broad programme, including social and networking opportunities.

Click here to register. We are happy to say that registration rates have been kept at 2011 prices and there is an Early-Bird discount rate available until midnight on Friday, July 26.

The provisional Scientific Programme can be viewed here.

AUGIS statement on surgeon level outcome reporting for oesophago-gastric cancer

Last December the NHS Commissioning Board (now NHS England) announced that mortality rates and other outcomes of surgery will be published for a number of specialties by summer 2013. This included data for the outcomes of stomach and oesophageal cancer patients from the National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit.
The Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons (AUGIS) of Great Britain and Ireland welcome this reporting of surgical-level outcomes. This will improve surgical performance and allow patients to find out more about the quality of care provided by hospitals and individual surgeons.

AUGIS intends to publish post-operative death rates for upper gastrointestinal surgeons working in English NHS Trusts who perform planned (elective) surgery for stomach and oesophageal cancer. The outcome measures assessed for this publication are the 30 day and 90 day mortality rate following a planned procedure. This mortality rate is the proportion of patients who undergo surgery who die from whatever cause within 30 days or 90 days of their operation. It is based on data submitted to the audit between April 2011 and March 2012.

This has been an extremely challenging project as we have been collecting consultant level data from an audit that was designed to look at all the aspects of care stomach and oesophageal cancer patients receive. As only one in three patients with these cancers undergo surgery to treat the disease, this data has had to be extracted and analysed separately. This information still requires extensive checking and so publication has been delayed until September.

Mr William Allum, President AUGIS, said “We are fully committed to this initiative but the analysis of surgical outcomes is complex with many pitfalls, and we are still sorting out data issues. We believe that the publication of erroneous data does not help anyone – especially patients facing surgery for stomach or oesophageal cancer. We are delaying the release of the data until September when we hope to have addressed concerns about its reliability.”

AUGIS 2013 – Call for Abstracts

p>Abstract submission for the 17th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held at The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle on the September 19-20, 2013 is now open. 

The closing date for submission of abstracts is 9.00am on Monday, June 3, 2013.

There will be a plenary short paper session for the BJS prize, in addition to a parallel paper session for OG, Bariatric and HPB topics. There will also be a short paper session for Nurse/AHP Members.

Please click here for further details on the Call for Abstracts.

Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowships 2013

Ethicon, part of Johnson and Johnson Medical Limited, are pleased to confirm that it will be supporting six, twelve month Bariatric and Metabolic fellowships from October 2013. These fellowships, supported by an unconditional grant from Johnson and Johnson, are highly popular.

Applications are invited for Fellowships in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at North Tyneside, Sunderland, UCH London, Luton, Imperial and Taunton. (Fellowships RCS Eng Approved). Fellowships will run for a period of twelve months and will commence October 2013. Click on the document below to find out more information:

WORD - Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowships 2013

Request for help with endoscopy survey

AUGIS members have been invited to take part in the following survey: ‘Decisions made following endoscopy for patients with weight loss under two-week wait rule’ which is being undertaken by The University Hospitals of North Tees.

A recent study at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust looked into what decisions endoscopists made after performing upper GI endoscopies on patients referred with weight loss under the two-week rule. Specifically it looked into those endoscopies which revealed no upper GI cancer, and the next steps that were made. Varied results were found; some patients were discharged back to their GP, some had further investigations requested directly from endoscopy and others were followed up in an outpatient clinic.

The team is now asking people to complete a short questionnaire to help their bid to gauge current practice throughout the country in order to help establish guidelines or recommendations for such scenarios. The link for the one page questionnaire cab be found via:

The questionnaire will close at the end of February.