Abstract submission for the DDF is open

Abstracts for the DDF – June 22-25, 2015 – are welcome on a range of topics, for both oral and poster presentation.

Topics include: Endoscopy (including video), Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Liver (basic science, clinical science, liver cancer, transplant and viral hepatitis), Oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas and neuroendocrine, small bowel and nutrition, colon and anorectum (including colorectal cancer diagnosis and prevention / screening for BCSP), neurogastroenterology: functional disorders, motility and clinical physiology, gastroenterology service: development, delivery, IT, education and training.

To submit an abstract, visit the dedicated page here.

Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship

The Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship – awarded by the Travelling Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland – is a prestigious bursary awarded to surgical trainees at ST7 or above, or consultants in the first ten years after first appointment, who are based in the UK or Ireland.

It is open to the following specialties: General surgery, including any of the sub-specialties (Breast, Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary, Endocrine), Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastic, Urology, General Paediatric, Transplantation or Military surgery.

The award holder will travel with the Travelling Surgical Society to Madrid from May 2-9, 2015. All expenses including travel, accommodation, organised meals and course fees will be met by the society (a value of some £1,500). The award holder will deliver two talks during the trip.

Details about the Travelling Surgical Society can be found on the website www.travellingsurgeon.org . The application form can be found on the web site at http://www.travellingsurgeon.org/about-us/bursaries/

 Application forms should be returned to secretary@travellingsurgeon.org and the deadline for applications is the end of January 2015.

The AUGIS Fellowship is open for 2015

The 2015 AUGIS Travel Fellowship is now open for applications with one award of up to £2,000 available.

All applicants must submit the AUGIS Travel Fellowship 2015 Application Form covering in full the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be an AUGIS/BOMSS Trainee Member
  • Detailed plan and purpose of travel / visit.
  • Acquisition of skills and experience not available within own unit.
  • Breakdown of proposed costs.
  • A letter of support from their own unit to support their visit.

Applications to observe / study in other units are favoured but applicants who are to present at /or attend overseas meetings will also be considered. Awards are intended to help support short term visits (typically <6 weeks) and are not intended to support surgeons going to funded long term posts.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday, 17 November 2014.

Any applicant successfully awarded a grant must produce a comprehensive report (a maximum of 500 words) including photographs which will be featured in the AUGIS newsletter and be uploaded on to the website. Production of this report is essential to the award being paid. Please note that the funds must be used within 18 months.

NICE Evidence Update on acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding

An Evidence Update on ‘acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding’ has been published.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up to date with research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE clinical guideline 141 ‘Acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding: management’.

An Evidence Update Advisory Group, comprised of topic experts, reviewed the prioritised evidence and provided a commentary.

Looking forward to a successful meeting in Brighton

An excellent programme is on offer for the Scientific Meeting in Brighton next month. Plenary sessions include a comprehensive discussion on Early Diagnosis of Upper GI Cancers with a special presentation by Sean Duffy – the National Clinical Director for Cancer, plus sessions on current management of acute pancreatitis and acute gall bladder disease.

We are delighted to have a number of International colleagues who will speak on their areas of expertise and are particularly pleased that Dr Justin Dimick of the University of Michigan has agreed to give this year’s BJS lecture: Does Surgical Skill Really Count?

There will also be a plenary session discussing the current topical issues on Service Commissioning, Shape of Training and Emergency Surgery.

As usual 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. Once again there will be sessions for our Affiliate members which has proved very popular in the past. Specialist nurses and dietitians are encouraged to attend our meeting in Brighton.

Please look at the AUGIS 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting Microsite for more information, including details of the Training Day.

Registration now open for Brighton!

Registration is now open for the 18th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting which will be held in Brighton on September 18-19.

 To register for the meeting please visit the microsite and register before 25 July  to benefit from Early Bird Registration Rate.

We are pleased to inform you that the 2014 registration rates are still at 2013 rates.

Registration to the two day meeting includes the free Drinks Reception on Thursday, 18 September.

In addition we have introduced a new three-day registration rate for Nurses/AHPs who wish to attend both the two day meeting and the Allied Health Professionals Training Day.

 You can find out more about the Training Day (17 September) and the Annual Scientific Meeting (18-19 September) by visiting: augis.org.uk/brighton2014/

Through Visit Brighton, AUGIS are pleased to be able to offer delegates competitive accommodation rates at selected hotels around Brighton.

To book accommodation, click on the following link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/augis14 which will give you with various accommodation options.

We look forward to seeing you in Brighton.

Report of the inaugural All-Ireland AUGIS Meeting

The first All Ireland Regional AUGIS Conference took place in May. The event started with a dinner on the Wednesday night at which members of Council, local faculty and guests from Southern Ireland were welcomed by Junior Minister Bell from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (Stormont).

The Thursday began with an introduction from Mr Edwin Poots MLA (Health Minister) followed by an affiliate session (30 delegates) co-ordinated by Sister Alex McAfee (HPB CNS) and a trainee masterclass (38 delegates) run by Ms Claire Jones. Dr Joan Regan (palliative care) inspired the affiliate members to strive for excellence in the management of cancer patients with a complex range of symptoms. The masterclass covered many aspects of emergency Upper GI surgery as well as the opportunity to practice laparoscopic suturing and haemorrhage control.

The main conference attracted more than 100 delegates including speakers. Our President-Elect, Mr Ian Beckingham and Mr Mark Regan (Galway) set an excellent tone for the meeting by addressing the issue of “Cholecystectomy, a specialist operation?” This was followed by superb presentations and lively debate from Roger Ackroyd, Martin Eatock (Oncology), Inder Mainie (Belfast) and Prof Kevin Conlon (Dublin). The Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride concluded day one by highlighting the many cross-border initiatives being undertaken with regard to health.

Our president, Mr Bill Alum hosted the Gala Dinner on the Thursday evening in the Presidential Suite of the Europa with its fabulous panoramic views of Belfast. Fine wine, fine food and a riveting after-dinner presentation from Mr Trevor Ringland (retired British and Irish Lions international rugby player) ended the first day on a high.

The Friday kicked off with several hot topics delivered by Kevin Conlon, Richard Charnley (Newcastle), Prof John Reynolds (Dublin) and Adrian O’Sullivan (Cork). A session addressing surgical complications followed with presentations from Prof David Kerrigan (Chester), Giles Toogood (Leeds) and Simon Dexter (Leeds). The finale of this fantastic two-day initiative was left to the Presidents! Professor Freddie Wood (President of the Irish Medical Council) addressed the issue of surgical outcomes and lessons learnt from cardiac surgery followed by Mr Bill Alum’s assessment of Quality Assurance in Upper GI surgery.

Nurse Poster Prize 2014

A new nurses’ poster prize will be awarded for the most innovative poster submitted at the Annual conference of the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in November.

All those with an interest in pancreatic cancer are invited to involve their colleagues in undertaking an audit or piece of research. The results of this work can then be submitted as a poster in time for the annual conference on 27-29th November 2014 in Guildford.

The poster could focus on best practice, continuum of care, research or education for pancreatic cancer patients.  The best poster will be awarded a £250 prize.

For more details please contact Sophie Noble, Hepatobiliary Nurse Specialist, Leicester General Hospital  – sophie.noble@uhl-tr.nhs.uk or see http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/health-professionals/nurse-poster-prize-2014

Prof Blazeby takes on UGI role

The Royal College of Surgeons, Clinical Research Initiative – with the support of AUGIS – is pleased to announce that Professor Jane Blazeby has become the Surgical Specialty Lead in Upper GI. Prof Blazeby will act as a key link between trials centres and national clinical research networks within Upper GI and will be supported by AUGIS for three years to develop multi-centre clinical trials. Prof Blazeby would like to encourage interested clinicians to approach her for discussion on study proposals that can be processed through the appropriate funding bodies.

Could you host AUGIS 2016?

We are currently looking for a suitable venue to host our Annual Scientific Meeting in 2016.  If you are aware of any venues which may be suitable for our event, please email Sarvjit at the AUGIS Office with your suggestion – sarvjit@augis.org

To give you an idea of our requirements, the Newcastle 2013 Meeting was based on:

  • A minimum of 600 sq mt for a Trade exhibition
  • 1 x Lecture theatre for 500 delegates
  • 3 x breakout rooms for 100/150/200 people
  • 4 x meeting rooms for internal meetings for 10 -30 people
  • A location for the Council dinner (approx 50-70 people)
  • A location for Gala dinner (for a minimum of 200 people)
  • Staff/Council/delegate/sponsorship accommodation in the vicinity
  • Easily accessible by road/rail/air