AUGIS Newsletter Summer 2015
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President’s Message Mr Ian Beckingham


At the end of June AUGIS took part in An updated version of the guidelines for 
the second Digestive Disorders the management of Bile Duct stones 

Federation week at the ExCel centre co-written with BSG will be released in 
in London. The meeting was once again Winter 2015, and the RCS 
very successful in terms of overall commissioning guidance documents on 
attendance (in excess of 4000 people GORD and Gallstone disease will be 

attended for one or more days) and revised early in 2016. The other 
content (see Helen Riley’s report later remaining guidance documents (eg UGI 
in the newsletter) with some excellent Cancer service provision) on the AUGIS 

plenary session talks and joint AUGIS website date back to 2010 and are in 
sessions with ACP and BSG. AUGIS need of updating, and Council will be 
members attendance was significantly undertaking this over the next year. 
less than at our usual annual meetings These documents can be viewed at 

and we have sent out a survey to you all www.augis.org/management-guidelines.
to find out if you came, what was good 
or could be improved, and if you did The AUGISt training day is being 
not attend, why not and would you held in Nottingham on 1-2 October. 
This is a two day residential course with 
attend future joint DDF meetings. Once up to date best practice guidance, MDT 
we have these results and have assessed 
the financial implications of this meeting simulation session, Vivas for pre-exam work put in Brighton. Please contact 
we will need to make a decision on candidates, technical skills sessions for 
more junior registrars and sessions for the AUGIS office (nichola@augis.org) 
whether or not AUGIS takes a full part for details on how to book.
in the 2018 DDF meeting.
trainees and new consultants on how to 
manage and organise life in an UGI Finally, the 3rd round of the Consultant 
AUGIS council has been busy in the surgical practice. With the original 40 Outcomes Publication audits will be 
compilation of various guidance places nearly sold out at the time of this happening again in autumn. As in 
documents. In March a joint document 
article going to press, we have previous years the data has not yet been 
on “The Future of Emergency General increased the numbers of what is supplied to us and we will doubtless be 
Surgery” was agreed with ASGBI and already proving to be one of the most asked to rush the data through again at 
ACP as the main stakeholders in the sought after courses of the year – the last minute. With this in mind we 
provision of the future Emergency 
encourage your trainees or newly would ask the OG cancer and Bariatric 
Surgery service. At the last Council appointed surgical colleagues to come Consultants to have their annual data 
meeting a document for the along to this heavily sponsored course ready to allow comparison with the data 
Management of Acute Gallstone disease (www.augist.org/augis-training-day-2015) we will be shown from HQIP to facilitate 
was agreed. We are all aware that the 
Our thanks to Medtronic for their the fastest possible turn around and give 
evidence base in much of General
support with this meeting.
us time to raise any anomalies with
Surgery is minimal and the idea of this them. SWORD is progressing well and 
document is to produce a “best Venetia Wynter-Blyth (AUGIS AHP we will be adding further procedures 
practice” style pathway that can be used Representative) has created a follow up 
over the summer months and hope to 
to advise clinicians and commissioners, to last years highly successful training have the HPB datasets available for 
and which can be used as a benchmark day for AHPs and Clinical Nurse viewing in the autumn and will then 
for future studies and comparisons. Jane Specialists which will run in parallel work to produce an OG data set.
Blazeby (AUGIS Research Lead) held a with the AUGISt training day on 1-2 

meeting in July of interested surgeons October in Nottingham. The course is 
with a view to starting up a number of aimed at all nurses, dieticians and 
clinical trials to answer some of the physiotherapists involved with the care 
many questions which are still poorly of UGI patients and the program covers 

understood in the optimal management many aspects of OG and HPB problems 
and timing of procedures in Gallstone
with a host of quality speakers. Again 
disease. Once set up we will be heavily sponsored (thanks to Lilly 
encouraging AUGIS members to
Oncology) please encourage and 

recruit to these trials over the support your AHPs in attending this 2nd Ian Beckingham
next 12 months or so.
meeting and build on the tremendous
President, AUGIS






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