The winning dragons!

Congratulations to  Olga Tucker (lead), Jonathan Weblin, David McWilliams, Laura Nicholson, Peter Nightingale and Abigail Evans with their trial ‘Prehabilitation and rehabilitation in patients undergoing oesophagectomy or total gastectromy – the POGO trial’ which won the very popular Dragon’s Den at the ASM in Leeds.

2017 AUGIS Travel Fellowship open for applications

All applicants must complete and submit the 2017 AUGIS Travel Fellowship Application Form covering in full the following criteria:
  • Applicant must be an AUGIS/BOMSS Trainee Member (or newly appointed consultant)
  • 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.

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. Funds must be used within 18 months.

The application deadline is 9am, Monday, 12 December 2016

Click here to view the 2017 AUGIS Travel Fellowship Application Form

Provision of Services document

An updated AUGIS ‘Provision of Services’ document is now finished and can be seen here –

Much hard work has gone into this document and, for the first time, it describes the required Standards of Care for all forms of Upper GI surgery (cancer and benign) not only with respect as to who should be carrying out such surgery and minimal acceptable volumes of work, but also with respect to acceptable outcomes of such surgery.


Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship 2017 opens

The  Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship, awarded by the Travelling Surgical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, has opened.

This prestigious bursary is open to surgical trainees at ST7 or more senior by May 2017 and to Consultants within 10 years of appointment.

The award holder will travel with the TSS to Ghent in June 2017. All expenses including travel, accommodation, organised meals and course fees will be met by the society (a value of some £2,000). The award holder will deliver two talks during the trip.

The award is open to surgeons in the following specialties:
General surgery, including any of the subspecialties (Breast, Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary, Endocrine), Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastic, Urology, General Paediatric, Transplantation and to General Surgeons with an interest in Trauma or Military Surgery.

Details about the Travelling Surgical Society can be found on the website . The application form can be found on the web site at .

The closing date for applications is December 31, 2016.

Fellowship in Australia opens for applications

An upper gastrointestinal fellow position is available in Australia. Trainees will be involved in benign and malignant work as well as trauma work. The position will primarily be at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre but will cross over to both the Royal Melbourne and Royal Women’s Hospitals – which physically connected to each other by bridges.

The closing date for applications is 29 July. Email for more details.


Registration is open for Leeds

Registration is open for the 19th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting which will take place at the Royal Armouries Leeds from 22 – 23 September. Delegates can also register for the AUGIS Surgical Training Day on Wednesday, 21 September at St James’ University Hospital.

Registration for the Annual Scientific Meeting is for the two days (Thursday 22 & Friday 23 September 2016) and includes entrance to the AUGIS Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner on Thursday, 22 September at the Royal Armouries, Leeds.

Pitch your idea for a surgical RCT



The Royal College of Surgeons of England has created exciting opportunities for surgeons by establishing seven surgical trials centres and 15 surgical speciality leads for research. Professor Jane Blazeby is the surgical specialty lead for AUGIS and co-directs the Bristol Surgical Trials Centre. These initiatives aim to increase the number and quality of randomised trials (RCTs) which will ultimately improve patient care.

We invite you to submit ideas for new RCTs and to work with us to develop them into fundable studies. RCTs in OG and HPB surgery (benign or malignant), or in bariatric surgery, will be considered. This opportunity extends to consultants and trainees of all grades.

Proposals should contain the following information in no more than 500 words:

  • Names & specialties of team members (minimum of two, at least one consultant),
  • Background and rationale for the RCT, including existing literature reviews,
  • Aim of the RCT (in PICO format),
  • Trial design (timing of randomisation, intervention and comparator details, how and when endpoints are assessed. Do not worry about a sample size calculation at this stage, but please include information and justification for the assumptions that might underpin a sample size calculation, ie expected rate of events of the primary endpoint).

Anonymised submissions will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel. Shortlisting will focus on the clinical importance of the idea and its feasibility and deliverability.

Teams will be informed of the outcome by July 11. Those shortlisted will be invited to present their ideas in a Dragons’ Den, which will be held during a plenary session at the AUGIS meeting on September 22 in Leeds. Shortlisted teams will be offered opportunities to receive methodological support and guidance from a mentor from the Bristol Surgical Trials Centre before the presentation. The winning team will be offered extensive trials expertise to develop their proposal into one that can be submitted for funding.

  • Submissions should be emailed as a Word file.
  • The deadline for submissions is 6 June 2016
  • Please contact us using the email address above if you have any queries, and good luck!

Join the AUGIS team!

There will be several vacancies arising on the AUGIS Council during 2016 – members are invited to put themselves forward for regional representative and other positions.

The regional positions which will become vacant are in East Anglia, Northern Ireland and Trent.

The roles are important for the running of the society and are rewarding and refreshing.

If you are interested in finding out more please email