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  – or see

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 –

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


All-Ireland conference announced

An All-Ireland upper GI conference will be held in Belfast from  May 15 – 16, 2014.  It promises to be an interesting meeting with local and international speakers. The President and Council of AUGIS are lending their support to this meeting.  

The conference will be held in the historic Europa Hotel with excellent access for bus and rail transport.

There will be a Trainee Masterclass on the Thursday morning (May 15).  Please feel free to invite trainees and colleagues who may not be aware of the meeting. 

On the social / networking side, there will be a dinner on the Thursday night with the emphasis on informality.

To book your place and find out more, follow this link:

Wales Regional Representative

The joint Welsh Association of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy / British Society of Gastroenterology (WAGE/BSG) Spring GI clinical symposium will be held in the vibrant city of Cardiff on March 27 with input from leading AUGIS members. Dr Simon Olliff from Birmingham will take attendees through the curative options for HCC and Professor Graeme Poston will discuss management dilemmas in metastatic neuroendocrine Neoplasia. This will be followed by lectures to improve outcomes in oesophagogastric and pancreatic cancer therapy by Professor Mike Griffin and Professor Richard Charnley. Dr John Morris from Glasgow will discuss models for out-of-hours endoscopy provision and Professor Des Winter from Dublin will discuss modern management of colorectal emergencies.

Mr Richard Welbourn, president of BOMSS, will continue the theme of emergency surgery by taking us through the emergency interventions for complications of weight loss surgery, how to diagnose/when and how to treat them. The emergency session will be concluded by a master class lecture of modern management of oesophago-gastric emergencies by Professor Derek Alderson.

More details about the conference can be found here –

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.”