Education / Training / News

Join AUGIS in Cork

dateiconMay 2017

GBIHPBA members are encouraged to attend Cork for the 20th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting which will be be held at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork from 21 – 22 September.

Take a look at the The AUGIS 2017 Microsite for more information.

Registration is open and we are happy to be able to offer our members the same registration rates as our 2014 meeting.

  • Register  for the meeting now
  • Submit your abstractsbefore the closing date for submission of abstracts: 9am on Monday, 26 June.

    Submitted abstracts will be considered for either poster presentation, the plenary short paper session for the BJS prize, or the parallel paper sessions for OG, Bariatric and HPB topics.Successful authors will be notified by Wednesday, 12 July.



EGMLLS 2017 – how Twitter responded to a great conference

dateiconFebruary 2017

Mark Taylor‏@markataylor16: “Delighted to hear from Prof Clavien on complications of surgery @ pre EGMLLS training meeting Southampton.”

Robert Sutcliffe‏@liveRPancSurg: “@Abuhilal9Abu: “Great effort setting up #egmlls2017, Mo. You’ve really put Southamption on the map. It’s time for other UK centres to advance lap liver.”

Adnan Alseidi‏@HPB_Surgeon: “Amazing work and presentations at European guidelines for laparoscopic liver surgery. An honour to be here.”

Mark Taylor‏@markataylor16:#egmlls2017 – one of the giants of Laparoscopic Liver Surgeon Prof Daniel Cherqui ends the day with ‘tour de force’ presentation.”

LAP Reseach‏@LAPRANDD: “Great finish to the #egmlls2017 Conference with the Faculty Group gathered outside the Ageas Hilton to improve patient outcomes.”


Conference dates for the diary

dateiconJanuary 2017

The regional European-African HPB Association (EAHPBA) meeting will be held in Mainz, Germany from 23-26th of May. For those planning their diaries into 2018, the next IHPBA meeting will be in Geneva, Switzerland from 3-7 September 2018. It is hoped that there will be good representation from the UK and Ireland at both these international congresses which no doubt will prove to be outstanding educational and social events.


IHPBA Meeting in Sao Paulo

dateiconAugust 2016

Several GBIHPBA members made the trip to Brazil for the biennial IHBA World Congress. This was an outstanding meeting with a truly excellent programme. Rowan Parks represented GBIHPBA at the president’s Breakfast for all IHPBA national chapter representatives and was impressed with the ambitious harmonisation agenda that is well underway to establish national chapters within each of the Regional associations (E-AHPBA for us). A combined membership has been agreed for E-AHPBA and IHPBA that gives access to the journal; (HPB) and online educational material and guidelines.

 


Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship opens

dateiconJuly 2016

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 www.travellingsurgeon.org . The application form can be found on the web site at www.travellingsurgeon.org/about-us/bursaries/ .

The closing date for applications is December 31, 2016.


UGI Fellowship in Australia

dateiconJune 2016

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 john.spillane@petermac.org for more details.

 


From Sao Paulo to Geneva via Germany!

dateiconMay 2016

A number of GBIHPBA members made the long trip to Brazil for the biennial IHPBA world congress. This was an outstanding meeting with a truly excellent programme. Our president, Mr Rowan Parks represented GBIHPBA at the President’s Breakfast for all IHPBA national chapter representatives and was impressed with the ambitious harmonisation agenda that is well underway to establish national chapters within each of the Regional Associations (E-AHPBA for us) and all linked to IHPBA.

A combined membership for E-AHPBA and IHPBA has been agreed which access to the journal (HPB) and all the online educational material and guidelines. If you are not already an E-AHPBA / IHPBA member, we encourage you to join (http://www.ihpba.org/14_FeesApplications.html).

The next EAHPBA meeting will be in Mainz, Germany in 2017 (http://eahpba2017.com/) and the next IHPBA world congress will be in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018 (http://www.ihpba2018.com/).


New faces on the GBIHPBA committee

dateiconMay 2016

Following recent GBIHPBA elections, Mr Ashley Dennison has been elected as President-elect and will take over the role of President in 2017. Others successful in the election were Mr Jeremy French and Ms Fenella Welsh, who join the committee. Jeremy will assume the role of Membership Secretary and Fenella has agreed to be our HPB Audit champion.

We say farewell to Mr Richard Charnley (Immediate Past-President), Mr Iain Cameron (Outgoing Membership Secretary) and Mr Raj Prasad (Research Lead). All have contributed significantly to establishing our young Association we are grateful for their efforts and contributions.


New Patient Charter from Pancreatic Cancer UK

dateiconMay 2016

Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Patient Charter sets out the standard of care all pancreatic cancer patients should receive.

It has been designed to inform patients and their carers about the level of care they are entitled to, in order to empower them to demand better care. It is the first step in Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Gold Standards campaign, which seeks to work with healthcare professionals across the UK to drive up standards of pancreatic cancer care.

The GBIHPA is pleased to have endorsed the Charter alongside the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Association of Upper Gastroenterologists and the British Society of Gastroenterologists.

The Charter can be downloaded here:  http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/media/773883/patient-charter-final.pdf


dateicon March 2016

3rd GBIHPBA Scientific MeetingChesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, 17 – 18 March 2016

Ø  The GBIHPBA Scientific Programme has been awarded 11 CPD points and you can view the Scientific Programme by clicking here

Ø  Full registration includes meeting registration for both days (17-18 March 2016), bed and breakfast accommodation on the night of the 17 March 2016, the Annual Dinner on Thursday 17th March 2016. If you have not already done so you can register now by clicking here.

Ø  Visit the GBIHPBA 2016 Meeting website at  www.gbihpba.org.uk/2016conference

Ø  Contact nichola@augis.org for any further information.


 

Check out the Scientific programme for Leamington

dateicon February 2016

The  3rd GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting will take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, from the 17 – 18 March. Check out the packed Scientific programme here

The two-day meeting will include update lectures, pancreatic and liver MDTs, management dilemmas, plus tips from the operating room and reflections on the changes in the HPB consultant role over the decades. Invited speakers include Dr Chuck Vollmer (Pennsylvania, USA) Johanna Laukkarinen (Finland) and Prof Thomas M van Gulik (Amsterdam).


 

Looking ahead to Leamington Spa

dateicon December 2015

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the  3rd GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting, which will take place at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, from the 17 – 18 March 2016, is 9am on Monday, January 11, 2016. Click here to find out more about submitting abstracts for GBIHPBA 2016  

The two-day meeting will include update lectures, pancreatic and liver MDTs, management dilemmas, plus tips from the operating room and reflections on the changes in the HPB consultant role over the decades. Invited speakers include Dr Chuck Vollmer (Pennsylvania, USA) Johanna Laukkarinen (Finland) and Prof Thomas M van Gulik (Amsterdam).

The ASGBI have awarded 11 CPD Points for both days of the Scientific Programme and you can view the programme by clicking here.   

Registration for the 3rd GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting includes meeting registration for both days (17-18 March 2016), bed and breakfast accommodation on the night of the 17 March 2016, the Annual Dinner on Thursday March 17, 2016. Please note that the registration rate will increase on the February 12, 2016 so Register now by clicking here. AUGIS members will get discounted rates upon registration.

Finally, visit the microsite at  www.gbihpba.org.uk/2016conference


 

Join the GBIHPBA team!

dateicon December 2015

The Great Britain and Ireland Hepatobiliary Association has been going from strength to strength over the last number of years. This is in part due to the dedicated support of council members. Several members are reaching the end of their tenure on the council

The following positions are available on the GBIHPBA Council: President Elect; Audit and Membership and a Committee member.

The positions of President Elect and Audit Lead are nominated by all members but the final vote is by Council. The committee member position is voted on by all members.

We hope to be in a position to announce the new members at the GBIHPBA Conference in March 2016 at Lemington Spa. All nominations require a proposer and Seconder. We are entering an exciting time for the future of HPB services and GBIHPBA will play a vital role.

Please send you nominations to  nichola@augis.org


 

Laparascopic Master in Pisa

dateicon November 2015

A University Master on laparascopic robot-assisted hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and organ transplantation at Pisa University Hospital is offered for the academic year 2016 –http://www.master.chirurgia-robotica.it

The Master will start in February 2016 and will consist of monthly sessions of live surgery and three main didactic sessions, with the participation of international experts. There will be three or four live surgery sessions per month.

Applications must be received before December 1, 2015, online via https://www.student.unipi.it/Home.do?cod_lingua+eng


 

Survey into hepatic resections

dateicon October 2015

An online survey is being conducted to establish current practice in the UK for hepatic resections in metastatic breast cancer patients.

The survey can be accessed via the following link http://kwiksurveys.com/s/YCgfolt4 . It consists of 11 simple questions and will not take more than five minutes to complete. Results of the survey will be presented at the next AUGIS conference.


 

Registration and call for Abstracts – GBIHPBA 2016

dateicon September 2015

GBIHBPA returns to Chesford Grange Hotel for the 3rd Scientific Meeting in March 2016.

Please join us for an excellent two-day meeting which will include update lectures, discussion on outcomes in HPB surgery, management dilemmas, along with tips from the operating room and reflections on the changes in the HPB consultant role over the decades.
Click here to see the provisional Scientific Programme
Click here to submit an Abstract
Click here to register


 

GBIHPBA contribution to the ASGBI-EAHPBA meeting in Manchester

dateicon August 2015

This meeting was an outstanding success and credit should go to Professor Ajith Siriwardena and Professor Gordon Carlson and their respective committees for putting together an outstanding joint scientific congress that was exceptionally well attended by members from within the UK and colleagues from across Europe and further afield.

GBIHPBA co-hosted the postgraduate HPB course and specifically led the mock MDT meeting which received excellent feedback from delegates. It was also pleasing to see so many GBIHPBA members contributing to the meeting as faculty delivering some excellent talks and also chairing various sessions.

During the Congress EAHPBA President, Professor Claudio Bassi, hosted the first meeting of national chapter Presidents and this was a useful opportunity to network and interact with other national chapter delegates.


 

AUGIS Trainee Masterclass in Upper GI,HPB and Bariatric Surgery

dateicon July 2015

Thursday 1 – Friday 2, October 2015

The Park Plaza, Nottingham

About the day

A two day intensive teaching course covering UGI ISCP syllabus and current management guidelines, aimed at surgical trainees (ST3 – 8) and newly appointed consultants.

Programme highlights include:

  • Key HPB, OG & Bariatric ISCP curriculum topics
  • FRCS viva practice
  • Parallel session for post FRCS trainees with consultant job advice
  • Key UGI trials
  • Technical advice sessions

Programme 

The faculty will include leading UK experts including past and present from the AUGIS Council. Please find further details regarding the Provisional Programme by clicking here

Registration information

£100 registration rate includes full registration and refreshments for both the 1st and 2nd October 2015, bed and breakfast accommodation at the Park Plaza on the night of the Thursday 1st October 2015 along with the Gala Dinner on Thursday 1st October 2015. (Please note there are no discounts on this rate)

Please read the following before registering:

When registering you will need to select one of the following  viva sessions to attend on the Thursday afternoon:

  • Alternative Practical Skills Sessions for Juniors – Suitable for ST3 – ST5 only
  • How to apply for Consultant Job/Perils & Pitfuls of New Consultant/Top Tips for Post FRCS Trainees

Once selected (please click the “Buy this” button) you will then need to click on the “Select another item” button and then choose:

  • Upper GI Masterclass (1 – 2 October 2015) Nottingham – includes accommodation 

For more information and to register click here


 

Looking forward to E-AHPBA in 2017!

dateicon May 2015

The 12th E-AHPBA Congress will be held in Mainz, Germany in 2017. Look forward to seeing everyone there! http://www.e-ahpba.org


GBIHPBA Meeting 2016 – Save the date!

dateicon April 2015

The third GBIHPBA national meeting will be held in Leamington Spa on March 17-18, 2016. Building on the achievements of the two previous meetings, the 2016 meeting will focus on training of HPB trainees and consultants and will include scientific updates, guest lectures, surgical tips and mock MDT sessions. http://www.gbihpba.org.uk/2016conference/


See you in Manchester for the E-AHPBA

dateicon February 2015

GBIHPBA will be strongly supporting the E-AHPBA meeting in Manchester from April 21-24. We are looking forward to an excellent meeting – http://www.eahpba.org/?q=congress


Looking forward to the DDF

dateicon December 2014

The traditional format AUGIS scientific meeting for 2015 will be replaced by the triennial Digestive Diseases Foundation (DDF) joint meeting (22-25 June 2015) http://www.ddf2015.org.uk held in conjunction with medical and surgical colleagues involved in the management of diseases of the GI tract.

GBIHPBA committee member Mr Giles Toogood has been working hard with DDF colleagues to ensure a comprehensive educational and scientific programme and has ensured that there is something for everyone. The meeting will be held in the Excel Centre in the London Docklands.

The training day will be held on the Monday, and HPB sessions will be predominantly on the Tuesday and Wednesday.  We will hold an AUGIS reception evening close to the venue on the Tuesday evening.

Remember to ensure you register as an AUGIS member to enjoy cheaper rates – you will need your AUGIS membership.  If you are a member of more than one society please register as an AUGIS member as remuneration is based on our each society’s registration numbers.  You can register online at http://www.ddf2015.org.uk/registration-accommodation


Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship

dateicon November 2014

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.


 

National HPB database and surgeon-specific date

dateicon August 2014

The data entered onto the national HPB database was presented by Mr Iain Cameron in Newcastle and has now been published, with support from Pancreatic Cancer UK. Once again we would like to thank all who have entered data.

There is likely to be continued pressure for surgeon-level outcomes in HPB surgery, with mandatory data collection at national level. A key factor which many have argued for is the ability to adjust for patient and organ-specific risk factors. Work is progressing in this area with the involvement of Professor Jane Blazeby (AUGIS research lead).


 

Looking forward to HPB showcase at AUGIS

dateicon July 2014

The 18th AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the Brighton Centre, Brighton, from September 18-19.

HPB is always a hot topic at the AUGIS meetings and we expect the same to be the case this year.

Among many invited national and international speakers, 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 current topical issues including Service Commissioning, the 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 on HPB (along with bariatrics and OG) topics.

The Provisional Scientific Programme for the meeting – which will be updated as it develops – is available to view on the AUGIS 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting microsite which also gives delegates access to all the necessary information for the Meeting.

Registration for the meeting will be opening shortly. Click on the link to access the microsite: http://www.augis.org.uk/brighton2014/

The meeting will take place at the Brighton Centre which is well-placed on the seafront in the heart of the town.


Gateshead update

dateicon February 2014

The AUGIS Gateshead meeting was a great success and, without doubt, the highlight was the amazing demonstration of laparoscopic skills in HPB surgery by Michael Kendrick of the Mayo Clinic. Euan Dickson of Glasgow stepped in at the last minute and gave an excellent talk on “Extreme Pancreatitis” which was extremely well received. We also had excellent sessions on hepatobiliary sepsis, emergency management and a state-of-the-art HPB session. If members have any suggestions for the HPB sessions at the Brighton meeting in September 2014, please contact Giles Toogood.


National HPB database and surgeon-specific data

dateicon February 2014

The data entered onto the national HPB database was presented at the AUGIS Gateshead meeting by Iain Cameron and will be published as soon as possible. Thank you to all those who have entered data; to Ardeo for their continued support; and to Thames Cancer Registry for analysis of the data. The commitment from the majority of UK HPB Centres has been very good, but incomplete data input makes analysis on a national scale difficult. However, the expectation is that entry of patients onto a national HPB resection database will become compulsory and this is now a requirement for centres providing HPB services in England as part of the HPB specialised commissioning process. This will require a new database which will allow co-morbidity scoring and calculation of operative risk.


Register now for our Scientific Meeting

dateicon January 2014

Registration for the 2nd GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting – which will take place from March 12– 13 – at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, is now open.

Full Registration for the 2nd GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting includes registration for the meeting on both days (March 12-13), bed & breakfast accommodation on the night of Wednesday, March 12 and attendance at the Annual Dinner, also on
Wednesday, March 12. You can register now for the meeting by clicking here.

You can find out more about the meeting including the Provisional Scientific Programme by going to the GBIHPBA 2nd
Scientific Meeting Microsite. http://www.gbihpba.org.uk/2014meeting.htm


March 2014 – a date for your diaries

dateicon December 2013

The second GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting will be held at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire from March 12 – 13, 2014. The two-day meeting will include update lectures, discussions on outcomes in HPB surgery, management issues, talks on the patient’s perspective and top tips from the operating room. This meeting follows the highly successful first meeting held in Coventry last year. Further details will be available soon.

Chesford Grange is easy to reach and is a very attractive venue with a traditional reception area leading to comfortable guest rooms. Transfers from Birmingham Airport and local train stations are quick and easy.

A modern conference centre is attached to the hotel and offers fantastic facilities for all GBIHPBA activities.


Training Resources

dateicon March 2013

Here are materials from the 2012 AUGIS Training Day held at the DDF in Liverpool which are a useful resource for HPB trainees.
HPB MDT AUGIST 2012- Faculty Handbook
Upper UGI MDT Cases AUGIST 2012- Candidates Handbook


Changes to NHS Commissioning

dateicon February 2013

Radical changes in the NHS in England mean that commissioning for many conditions is being reconsidered. One of the major changes is the acceptance that specialised commissioning which until now has mainly been reserved for supra-regional services, is to include a wider range of subspecialties. For us, this means that benign and malignant HPB services (including HPB surgery and hepatology) will be commissioned centrally. The process for this is ongoing with significant AUGIS/ GBIHPBA representation including Professor Graeme Poston as chair, Mr Richard Charnley (GBIHPBA chair), Mr Giles Toogood and Professor David Berry.


Bile Duct Injury Symposium

dateicon October 2012

The Bile Duct Injury Symposium  – Are Cholecystectomy Related Bile Duct Injuries Avoidable? will be taking place on Friday, 14 December at the Royal College of Surgeons. The Symposium will highlight the continuing problem posed by iatrogenic bile duct injuries occurring during the performance of cholecystectomy in the UK, identify the reasons why, the steps to avoid it, what to do when it is suspected, the medico-legal implications for patients, doctors and hospitals and, finally, define who should be undertaking this procedure.


Neuroendocrine liver metastases

dateicon AUGUST 2012

The management of neuroendocrine liver metastases is under on-going debate. The European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (E-AHPBA), along with other renowned societies has organised a State of the Art Consensus Conference on this topic to be held in December 2012 in London. More than 300 participants from all over the world are expected. The organisation of the Consensus Conference will follow the concept of the Danish Model. The key topics will be extensively discussed and reviewed by expert panels. An independent jury will assess controversial developments regarding expert insights. The Conference will be preceded by a Postgraduate Course on Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis.  To register, please click on the following link:  http://www.eahpba.org/?q=course


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