AUGIS News Winter 2017
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President’s Message 
Mr Richard Hardwick

I am over half way through my part of the main meeting. Your 
Presidency so it is a good time to feedback on these changes will be 
reflect on what has been achieved important for us to see what has 

and look at what the coming year worked and what needs changing.
will bring. As an ex-president said 
AUGIS runs and contributes to 
to me when I took on this role, “if many meetings each year and 2017 
you achieve one thing in two years 
you will have done well!”
has been no exception. The 
Consensus meeting on 
We conducted a strategic review of Laparoscopic Liver Surgery in 

our activities in Oct 16 and
Southampton, the IFSO meeting in
concluded that AUGIS should London and the AUGIS annual 

continue to represent the needs of meeting in Cork, were all very well 
patients and clinicians in the attended and you can read more 

generality of upper GI conditions about them in Mark Taylor’s 
and avoid becoming a super- roundup in this newsletter. A big 
specialist cancer and metabolic “thank you” to everyone who 

surgery group. I am confident that worked so hard to make these and 
this was the right decision. other meetings successful in 2017.

Speaking to surgeons at the Cork Our IT systems have been (IST) and the first Core Trainees 
meeting with a benign upper GI will take up their posts in the pilot 
upgraded in the last year which will 
practice was particularly useful, improve our ability to communicate sites soon. The IST scheme is likely 
identifying that there is currently a with members and cut costs. to change the way we deliver core 
gap in representing relevant 
Traditionally, AUGIS paid ASGBI to training throughout the NHS, 
complex problems such as surgery manage all IT including our hopefully for the better. For more 
for para-oesophageal hernias and information go to: 
membership database. This 
GORD at our meetings. With this arrangement has now ended; our 
in mind we have agreed to change surgery/trainees/ist. AUGIS has 
broadband and hardware is 
the format slightly for our next provided by RCSEng and we have also been involved in the SAC 
annual meeting which will take our own software to manage curriculum review for General 
place in Edinburgh from 19th – 21st 
membership and meeting Surgical training. The GMC is now 
September 2018. The meeting will registration. This is already proving considering its response but all the 
start at lunchtime on the indications are that the new 
more efficient. BJS subscriptions 
Wednesday and run through to will also be offered to AUGIS curriculum will be adopted. Go to 
lunchtime on the Friday. This will 
allow us to include many more members at significantly reduced 
rates. Members will be sent further to find out more. There are 
presentations and discussions but details in the New Year. While the fundamental changes which will 
also get people off home at a 
RCSEng building is being re-built affect trainees and trainers alike. 
decent time on Friday. The AHP we are housed in new offices in the The increase in consultant posts 
programme will be re-vamped as with an interest in Emergency 
old Nuffield Building next door. 
per requests from members who Click on the following link for General Surgery continues and 
attended Cork, and include a series AUGIS has been working with the 
of workshops on the Wednesday
contact details:
ASGBI to develop guidance on 
morning followed by a multi- appropriate job plans. The NHS has 
disciplinary symposium in the AUGIS has contributed to the never been good at work-force 
RCSEng Improving Surgical Training
afternoon which will be
planning and we are in danger of

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