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Travelling Scholarships 2017 (reminder)

September 18th 2017

ALSGBI has generously funded a scholarship in memory of David Dunn. This scholarship is to the value of £4,000. The ALSGBI in partnership with B. Braun Medical Ltd is also awarding two Aesculap Endoscopy Travelling Scholarships of £2,000 each.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 13 October 2017. The names of successful applicants will be announced at the ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 10th November. For more information, click here.


2017 ASM registration now open!

August 1st 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 ALSGBI ASM to be held in Cardiff.

Click the link to register: http://events.inon.com/Event/?id=-2481182826032121485


ALSGBI 2017 Flyer

July 10th 2017


Accommodation for 2017 ALSGBI ASM

June 22nd 2017

Accomodation can now be booked online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/ALS17


Abstract submission for the 2017 ASM in Cardiff is now open

May 30th 2017

Abstract submission is now open and CLOSES ON 17 SEPTEMBER. To submit your abstract online for the 2017 ALSGBI ASM, please use the following link.

https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/137/submission
 


Travelling Scholarships 2017

April 5th 2017

ALSGBI has generously funded a scholarship in memory of David Dunn. This scholarship is to the value of £4,000 and it is anticipated that this would enable a surgeon at the end of his/her training, or a consultant within 5 years of appointment, to make a substantial visit to a unit abroad to learn new skills in laparoscopic surgery, with a view to introducing these skills into his/her practice for the benefit of patients. The successful applicant will be expected to give a report on their visit at an ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting and also write a report for the ALSGBI Newsletter.

The ALSGBI in partnership with B. Braun Medical Ltd is also awarding two Aesculap Endoscopy Travelling Scholarships of £2,000 each. The purpose of these scholarships is to enable surgeons in training, or young consultants within 5 years of appointment, to extend their experience in minimal access surgery by short visits to one or more centres. The successful applicants will be expected to produce a brief report of their visit at a meeting of the ALSGBI and also write a report for the ALSGBI Newsletter.

Candidates for these scholarships should request an application form from Mrs Jennifer Treglohan, Executive Director, ALSGBI at The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE or email: jtreglohan@alsgbi.org and be a current member of ALSGBI. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 13 October 2017. The names of successful applicants will be announced at the ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting on Friday 10th November.

For more information, click here.


RCS vacancy for Director for Professional Affairs (South East Coast)

April 21st 2016

Dear SSA Colleague
 
The RCS is advertising a vacancy for a Director for Professional Affairs in the South East Coast region, and is inviting applications from local consultant surgeons (of all specialties) in that area.
 
Details can be found on the following page:
http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/surgeons/supporting-surgeons/regional/vacancy-for-director-for-professional-affairs-rcs-south-east-coast
 
The closing date for applications is 31 May 2016.


International ACS NSQIP Scholarships 2016

December 15th 2015

International ACS NSQIP Scholarships 2016

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) and the International Relations Committee offer International ACS NSQIP Scholarships for two surgeons from countries other than the United States or Canada who demonstrate strong interests in surgical quality improvement. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide the Scholars with an opportunity to attend the 2016 ACS NSQIP National Conference July 16–19 in San Diego, CA, and meet with Program Leadership and Surgeon Champions from ACS NSQIP participating hospitals. Following the NSQIP conference, the candidate is encouraged to visit one or two hospitals reflecting the candidate’s specific clinical interests. These hospitals should also have strong quality programs.

Scholarship Brochure
Cover Letter

For more information, click this link.


RCS Education Bursary

September 9th 2015

RCS Education Bursary
 
The College is committed to high quality surgical education and offers this prestigious bursary in order to promote accessibility to specialty skills training. The bursaries offer up to £1,000 towards the course fees of an RCS Education course held at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Eligibility criteria
Open to Members and Fellows of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. Applicants should be ST5 level or above and hold a national training number, or be working as an SAS doctor or post-CCT fellow.

Applicants can choose from a range of courses including:

 
Closing date: Sunday 25 October 2015 (Midnight).
 
Further details and application form
https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/courses/education-bursaries/rcs-education-bursary


Consultation is now open on the draft gallstone disease quality standard

July 9th 2015

Dear colleagues
 
Consultation is now open on the draft gallstone disease quality standard
 
We are pleased to announce that the draft gallstone disease quality standard is now available on the NICE website for consultation. The consultation period starts today, Thursday 9th July, and finishes at 5pm on Thursday 6th August. We greatly value all contributions into the quality standard development process and have found consultation feedback extremely helpful in our work on previous quality standards so would encourage you to comment.
 
The draft gallstone disease quality standard, along with the instructions and documents required to submit your comments, can be accessed by following this link:
 
gallstone disease: quality standard consultation
 
If your organisation wishes to register as a stakeholder for this quality standard further details can be found by clicking here.  Please note if you are submitting comments as an individual there is no need to register. 
 
We would be grateful if you could ensure all responses are submitted electronically using the comments proforma (ensuring all relevant fields are completed, including your organisation’s full name, if applicable). Responses must be submitted to QSconsultations@nice.org.uk by 5pm on Thursday 6th August.
 
Following consultation a summary of the consultation comments, prepared by the NICE quality standards team, and the full set of consultation comments will be shared with the Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC).  The QSAC discussions on the stakeholder comments and the associated decisions will then be summarised in the QSAC meeting minutes. When the quality standard publishes all stakeholders that submitted comments will be sent a link to the minutes on the NICE website so that they may see how their comments were considered by the committee when finalising the quality standard.  Comments received from non‑registered stakeholders and individuals are reviewed by the Committee. A formal response is not given and these comments are not made available on the NICE website. However, if they result in changes to the guideline this is recorded in the Committee meeting minutes.
 
 
Supporting organisations
 
As you may be aware, NICE is proud to jointly badge quality standards in order to help to achieve maximum dissemination among relevant audiences. If you would like your organisation to formally support the gallstone disease quality standard please email QSsupportingorgs@nice.org.uk  to express an interest or indicate your interest on the comments proforma.
 
Those who formally support quality standards must be:
·         National patient, service users, carer, voluntary, charity and non-governmental organisations that are run by, or directly reflect the perspectives of people who use services, carers or client groups, and represent the interests of people whose care is covered by the quality standard.
·         National organisations that represent the professionals and practitioners who provide the care or services described in the quality standard.
·         National organisations that represent commissioners or providers of the care or services described in the quality standard.
·         Statutory organisations (an organisation set up by government for a specific purpose) including Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
 
Kind regards
 
The Quality Standards Team


RCS/J&J Lister Essay Prize

May 5th 2015

In recognition of Lord Lister’s significant tribute to medicine and surgery, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Johnson & Johnson are announcing the 2015 RCS/J&J Lister Essay Prize Award (Medal and £500).

Click for details.


NICE seeks new members for its Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee

January 23rd 2015

The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) draws on the best research evidence available to advise NICE on the safety and efficacy of new interventional procedures, such as new surgical, endoscopic and radiological techniques.  NICE uses the recommendations of IPAC as the basis for its guidance on new interventional procedures to the NHS in the whole of the UK.

We are looking to appoint 1 new committee member as follows: 

•    Specialist in Abdominal/Laparoscopic Surgery – either Upper or Lower Gastrointestinal.

Members of the committee are drawn from the NHS, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and the academic world.  They do not represent their organisations but are selected for their expertise and judgment.
Prospective members will need the following skills, qualities and level of commitment: 
•    Ability to assess evidence on the safety and efficacy of new interventional procedures
•    Judgement to engage in balanced considerations of issues of safety and efficacy 
•    Confidence to make difficult decisions – sometimes in the absence of conclusive evidence
•    Willingness to contribute actively to Committee discussions
•    Time to attend regular Committee meetings and read substantial papers between meetings.  
The criteria for selection will be:
•    Extent and nature of committee experience: higher relative score for more frequent contribution to committee work, and undertaking such work in escalating (local to national) settings;
•    Ability to contribute to the work of the advisory body: assessed by considering the relevance of the professional or lay experience of the candidate to the work of the advisory body (where appropriate, the particular role on the advisory body), with a higher score given to greater frequency and relevance;
•    Nature and degree of motivation underpinning the application: assessed through a review of the covering statement, with a higher score awarded for more clearly articulated reasoning for applying for membership, and for reasons based on the desire to make a contribution to the general good, rather than for personal enrichment or career enhancement (although these may also be legitimate reasons for applying).
•    Ability to understand and interpret multiple complex data sets: assessed by reviewing the qualifications and experience of the candidate and the nature of the advisory bodies to which they have previously contributed.

Time commitment and conditions:  Committee members attend eleven day-long Committee meetings per year as well as an annual awayday and occasional training.  IPAC meetings are held in central London or, less frequently, in central Manchester, on a Thursday or Friday.  Dates are made available up to a year in advance.  Meetings of the Committee are held in public (further information available at) http://www.nice.org.uk/newsroom/publicmeetings/IPAC.jsp 

Committee membership is unpaid, although expenses, including overnight accommodation, are paid.  The period of membership is for three years from appointment.
Equality and diversity: NICE aims to promote a culture of equality and diversity. It aims to ensure equality of opportunity in that no applicant for Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee membership receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of (but not limited to) sex, race, colour, religion, marital status, sexuality, age, ethnic origin, or disability or is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable. The Institute will also aim to create a diverse membership and promote equality including race equality, by eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

HOW TO APPLY
For further information about what the role involves, please use the links below:
•    Application form
•    Role description and person specification
•    Recruitment pack (contains all relevant forms, policies and procedures)

Closing date 17:00 Friday 13 February 2015

Applications should be returned to CCT@nice.org.uk or by post to:
Donna Barnes (CHTE)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 
Level 1A, City Tower
Manchester, M1 4BD 

For further information about any of these positions please contact; Ms Sally Compton, Programme Manager – Interventional Procedures Programme (020 7045 2391) sally.compton@nice.org.uk. 


The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund

January 23rd 2015

RCS Education is awarding four awards of up to £1,000 each for surgical trainees to attend an RCS Education course held at the Royal College of Surgeons. It is open to members and fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who hold a national specialty training number or are working as SAS doctor or a LAT as an equivalent level.

Click here for more details and to apply.
 


RCS Education Bursary

November 22nd 2014

The College is committed to high quality surgical education and offers this bursary in order to promote accessibility to specialty skills training. The bursary will provide up to £1,000 towards the course fees of an RCS Education course held at The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th December 2014

Click here for more information.


NICE seeks new member for its Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee

November 13th 2014

The Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee (IPAC) draws on the best research evidence available to advise NICE on the safety and efficacy of new interventional procedures, such as new surgical, endoscopic and radiological techniques.  NICE uses the recommendations of IPAC as the basis for its guidance on new interventional procedures to the NHS in the whole of the UK.

We are looking to appoint 1 new committee member as follows: 

•    Specialist in Abdominal/Laparoscopic Surgery –either Upper or Lower Gastrointestinal

Members of the committee are drawn from the NHS, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and the academic world.  They do not represent their organisations but are selected for their expertise and judgment.

Click here for more information.


10% off with Virgin Atlantic Little Red

September 8th 2014



Fly with Virgin Atlantic Little Red, to attend ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting in Aberdeen and we’ll give you a discount* off any flight booked online.

The meeting takes place at the AECC, 26th - 28th November 2014 however flights can be taken from 24th Nov to 30th Nov to allow extra time to enjoy the City of Aberdeen.

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Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowships 2015

June 30th 2014

Applications are invited for Fellowships in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery at Colchester, London, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Frimley. Fellowships will run for a period of six months and will commence in April 2015 and October 2015. A total of twelve fellowships will be awarded.
Click here for more details


Price Thomas Travelling Fellowship

June 27th 2014

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

This prestigious bursary is awarded to surgical trainees at ST7 or above, or consultants in their 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 subspecialties (Breast, Colorectal, Upper GI, Hepato-pancreatico-biliary, Endocrine), Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Plastic , Urology, General Paediatric, Transplantation or Military Surgery. The Travelling Surgical Society does not have members in Ophthalmic, EENT, OMFS or Orthopaedic Surgery, so regrettably the award cannot be made to surgeons in these specialties.

Details about the Travelling Surgical Society can be found on the web site (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


2014 ASM Provisional Programme

June 24th 2014

The provisional programme for the 2014 ALSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting in Aberdeen on the 27 and 28 November has just been released.
Click here for more details


2014 Laparoscopic Training Bursaries

June 20th 2014

The ALSGBI is awarding 10 generously funded Stryker Training Bursaries for a value of approximately £1,000 to be awarded in August 2014.
Click here for more details


Surgical Outcomes Club of Great Britain and Ireland - An Invitation

May 1st 2014

The SOC-GBI (Surgical Outcomes Club of Great Britain and Ireland) is a new initiative set up over 2013, with the aim of forming a real and virtual society of like-minded clinicians and researchers, driven by the common goal of understanding and improving clinical outcomes in surgery.

For a summary of progress to date, please see page 9 of the December 13 issue of the Journal of the Association of Surgeons available at the following link: http://www.asgbi.org.uk/en/publications/Journals.cfm

Membership of SOC-GBI is free, please register here: http://www.asgbi.org.uk/en/members/surgical-outcomes-club.cfm


The new ALSGBI iPhone App

March 1st 2014

The ALSGBI app brings relevant information on the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeon to your iPhone and iPad. With full integration built in for our Annual Scientific Meeting, the application is the ideal companion for attendees.

View in iTunes

ALSGBI App ALSGBI App


National Audit of Laparoscopic Theatre Equipment 2012

July 1st 2012

The next round of audit of UK Laparoscopic operating theatres. Click here to view the audit.

The National Audit of Laparoscopic Theatre Equipment 2011