Education / Training / News

RCS SSL in Pancreatic Cancer appointed

dateiconNovember 2018

The RCS has appointed a new RCS Surgical Specialty Lead (SSL). The appointment has been made in collaboration with the AUGIS, leading pancreatic cancer charities and Heartburn Cancer UK.

Mr Keith Roberts is the new SSL in Pancreatic Cancer, part-funded by the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer UK. He took up his post at the start of September.

The RCS Surgical Trials Initiative, with key partners, will provide a broad base of support for the SSLs. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) surgical specialty group will provide an infrastructure to ensure wide publicity for national participation in these portfolio studies.

The Surgical Specialty Lead will act as a key link between the designated Surgical Trials Centres and national clinical research networks within their disciplines. He will work with the Centres to develop clinical networks, train surgical investigators and deliver clinical trials.

He will also work towards establishing two new trials over their first three-year tenure and train at least one surgical chief investigator, as well as 20 principal investigators within their discipline.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Roberts said: “I will bring together clinicians and trainees to develop and deliver multicentre studies with the aim of improving the delivery of care to patients with pancreatic cancer as well as developing novel strategies to tackle this disease.”

Richard Hardwick, AUGIS Past-President, said: “AUGIS is delighted to be working with Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer UK to support these new senior research posts.

“The RCS SSL programme has a proven track record supporting the development of multi-centre trials and we look forward to seeing new research proposals in upper gastro-intestinal surgery as a result of this exciting collaboration.”

Anna Jewell, Director of Operations for Pancreatic Cancer UK, said: “We’re delighted to be joint-funding this new post which we hope will be instrumental in encouraging more surgical research into pancreatic cancer.

“For too long the deadliest common cancer has been neglected. We must see research investment vastly increase to £25 million a year by 2022 if we’re to unlock the breakthroughs urgently needed to improve survival.”

Maggie Blanks, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, said: “Our focus will always be to use research to increase the survival rate for pancreatic cancer. We’re happy to co-fund this role because it provides leadership and support in developing clinical trials to test surgical innovations and practices that could improve patient outcomes – areas in which Professor Roberts has both passion and experience.”

Education and Training Update

dateiconAugust 2018

The Great Britain & Ireland Hepatobiliary Association (GBIHPBA) enjoyed an excellent international conference in Leamington Spa in March. This conference was unique in that we had a delegation from China under the leadership of Prof Fan from Shanghai. Both local delegates and our international friends enjoyed a ‘combined’ learning environment and this pathed the way for further collaborative projects.

We were also fortunate to have Prof Maddern from Adelaide present a keynote lecture on What we do not know about Hepatobiliary Surgery. He also entertained us with the details of the new hospital build in Adelaide which is now regarded as the most expensive hospital in the world. This was a fascinating insight into planning and executing a new hospital using private finance initiatives. Another highlight was the Precision Pancreas talk from Prof Biankin from Glasgow. The conference concluded with an international debate, which looked at issues and opportunities in surgical training in China, Australia and the UK. I would personally like to thank Ashley Dennison (President, GBIHPBA) and Professors Fan and Zhou from Shanghai for ensuring an excellent meeting.

Looking forward, I am delighted to announce some key features of the forthcoming annual AUGIS Conference, which will be held in Edinburgh from 19 – 21 September. It is particularly important to note that on the Wednesday morning there will be a training day for all trainees in upper GI, HPB and bariatric surgical training. The main conference starts this year on Wednesday afternoon rather than Thursday morning and it will run until Friday lunchtime. A tremendous amount of effort has gone into ensuring a superb programme for this meeting. I am grateful to our local organisers Mr Graeme Cooper and Mr Peter Lamb and our president, Richard Hardwick, for their assistance in helping deliver an excellent programme.

I am delighted to welcome Mr Don Low from Seattle as well as Prof Takeshi-Sano from Tokyo to the conference this year. Both these world leaders have rearranged their diaries to allow a visit to the AUGIS Conference and for that I am extremely grateful. The conference in September precedes a major Edinburgh OG and HPB Fellow reunion on the Saturday, 22 September 2018. As a result, we have a host of international speakers, who are arriving not just for the reunion, but also to attend the AUGIS conference. I am delighted to confirm that the following faculty will be speaking prior to attending the Fellows reunion – Mr Brendan Visser from Stanford University, Prof John Windsor from Auckland, Prof. Rob Padbury from Adelaide, Prof. Kees Dejong from Maastricht University and Mr Saxon Connor from Christchurch.

The conference dinner will be held in the fabulous National Museum of Scotland on the Thursday evening. I can assure everyone that this will be a night to remember so please book early!

You may have noticed requests over the past year to complete surveys or sign up for collaborative studies. The majority of such activities have been driven by our trainees. I would ask if you would continue to support this activity which is excellent for all concerned. Projects such as the Upper GI DELPHI process, HPB DELPHI Process and RIOCHET to name but a few.

I look forward to welcoming everyone in Edinburgh for what will be a fantastic celebration of upper GI, hepatobiliary & bariatric surgery in UK and Ireland.

Mr Mark Taylor
AUGIS Education and Training & Research Lead

Nominations for new AUGISt trainee rep open

dateiconJuly 2018

AUGIS Council is seeking nominations for the role of AUGIS Trainee Representative from September 2018. The primary role of Trainee Representative involves attending AUGIS Council meetings, chairing the AUGISt committee, writing for the AUGIS Newsletter and contributing to the Training Day.  There are also other responsibilities that arise on an ad hoc basis from both ASiT and AUGIS.

If you wish to be considered for the role of AUGIS Trainee Representative, an expression of interest should be to Mr Adrian O’Sullivan, Honorary Secretary of AUGIS, c/o Nichola Bartlett ( You must be a current paid up Trainee Member of AUGIS and AUGIS/BOMSS.

Applicants will also require a proposer and seconder, who should also both be current Trainee Members and must email their support to Nichola Bartlett ( prior to the closing date.

The deadline for nominations is 9am, Thursday 27 July.  If more than one person is nominated for the position a ballot will take place and nominees will be required to provide a 100 word personal statement to accompany the ballot.

Could you be our Pancreatic Speciality Lead?

dateiconJune 2018

The RCS Surgical Trials Initiative is now inviting applications for Surgical Specialty Leads (SSLs) in:

  • Oesophageal Cancer – supported by Heartburn Cancer UK and AUGIS
  • Pancreatic Cancer – supported by Pancreatic Research Fund and Pancreatic Cancer UK

The closing date for applications is: 14:00 on Friday 29th June 2018

Visit the RCS website and find out more about the Surgical Trials Initiative by clicking here


Join AUGIS in Edinburgh

dateiconJune 2018

The AUGIS Council is looking forward to welcoming you to the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting which will take place from 19 – 21 September at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. There will be a Gala Dinner at the National Museum of Scotland on the Thursday evening.

When booking your leave, flights etc please note that the meeting will start at lunchtime on Wednesday, 19 September and finish atlunchtime on Friday, 21 September. In addition, there will be dedicated workshops on the morning of Wednesday 19 for Trainees, CNSsandAHPs.

The final programme will be published shortly but we have a host of great speakers including Takeshi Sano, Rob Padbury, Don Low, John Windsor to name but a few. Keep track of the ASM at

Registration now open for Leamington Spa

dateiconJanuary 2018

4th GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting

15 – 16 March, 2018

The 4th GBIHPBA Scientific Meeting will take place at Chesford Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. View the GBIHPBA 2018 Website

Registration is OPEN! Visit 

The GBIHPBA Scientific Programme has been awarded 11CPD points.


Give us your views

dateiconDecember 2017

Please complete the following survey aimed at identifying research priorities in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery –

This study is supported by the GBIHPBA committee.

Following the collation of round 1 responses, a further two rounds will be performed through the GBIHPBA membership for prioritisation scoring. It is hoped that the final list of prioritised research questions will inform the direction of HPB surgery over the coming years.

Contact the project lead with any queries or to request the study protocol at

HPB Delphi Steering Group
Mr Stephen Knight
Mr Samir Pathak
Mr Jonathan Rees
Mr Philip Whelan
Mr Ewen Harrison
Mr Mark Taylor

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 from21 – 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 . The application form can be found on the web site at .

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 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 (

The next EAHPBA meeting will be in Mainz, Germany in 2017 ( and the next IHPBA world congress will be in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018 (

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:

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

Ø  Contact 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


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


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 –

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


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 . 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


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!

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.

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 –

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) 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

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 . The application form can be found on the web site at

 Application forms should be returned to 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:

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.

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: