Welcome to BSPGHAN

30th Anniversary of BSPGHAN:  31st Annual Meeting 2017

On behalf of the Glasgow team and BSPGHAN Council, I'd like to invite you to attend the 31st annual meeting of our society in January 2017. The meeting will encompass the full range of paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition with specific foci of IBD, nutrition and microbiome. In addition, we will offer up the best of contemporary Scottish hospitality as well as guaranteed traditional haggis, whisky, ceilidh, Mackintosh and Burns to complement the educational programme.  

The 2017 meeting will be from Wednesday 25th January to Friday 27th January 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly Thistle Hotel) in Glasgow.  Please click here to view 2017 Programme at a Glance.

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow next year


Richard Hansen
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Glasgow Children's Hospital

1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF


Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (PGHAN) Taster Day

Tuesday 14th June 2016

Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham


BSPGHAN is delighted to announce the First Taster Day for RCPCH trainees who have not yet made decisions for their future career pathway. Even though this meeting is intended mostly for trainees at the levels of ST3, we are happy to accept ST1 & ST2 trainees whose applications are supported by a consultant in gastroenterology or hepatology.

This Taster Day will provide trainees a unique opportunity to hear about specialty training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and to meet consultants in these specialties, GRID trainees in PGHAN and learn about training with an interest in GHAN. The main aim is to inspire the next generation of trainees to follow Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as their chosen career.  It will also provide application and interview advice for those intending to apply for the next round of training posts in 2016

Numbers will be restricted to 30 delegates and places are offered free of charge on a first come, first served basis.


Please click here for the Full Taster Day Programme



Exploring the Science of Digestion is back!

Join us at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on 20th June to learn about the hidden world inside us all, the conditions that affect your digestive system and what we know about how to fight them. This is your chance to hear from leading experts in a friendly but informative way and ask them the questions you've always wanted to ask. Click here to find out more and to reserve your free ticket!

Core needs your help to set the priorities for heartburn and Barrett's Oesophagus research

Do you suffer from heartburn or have Barrett's Oesophagus - or know someone who does?  If you do then Core wants to hear from you.

We are running, in collaboration with other digestive disease charities, a consultation with both public and professionals about what should be the priorities for research in this area.  

To start the programme we are asking people to complete a short questionnaire.  It should take no more than five minutes and the link is here.  Please fill it in - and share with anyone else you know who might be interested.

The next stage of this consultation will be a public event on April 8 at UCH in London.  If you're interested in attending please send an email to Jon Smalldon at Core.

Important information regarding the new RCPCH ePortfolio


Dear all,

Please note, the dates for ePortfolio go live have changed slightly from those previously advertised; we have moved the dates back one day to the Friday to ensure the College is open when this important stage occurs and we can provide support for trainees and supervisors. 

Please take note of these changes to dates.

Phase 1 – affecting West Midlands and Scotland users ONLY. This will not affect those in these regions who are not in run through training. Those users will be included in the second phase
13 November - ASSET and the current ePortfolio will no longer be accessible
7 December – new RCPCH ePortfolio system will go live

Phase 2 – affecting all other users including those who use ePortfolio as a non-run through trainee.
 18 December – ASSET and the current ePortfolio will no longer be accessible
20 January – new ePortfolio system will go live

We have updated our website: www.rcpch.ac.uk/ePortfolio-news with this information and with WPBA and ePortfolio forms for trainees to use during the downtime. These are provided as Word files that can be typed into and saved. Trainees should keep a copy and send one to their assessor. When the system goes live the trainees can then ask their assessor to copy and paste the WPBA into the new ePortfolio. Whilst we are putting these provisions in place we strongly recommend that trainees complete as many WPBAs as possible before they lose access to ASSET. Our recommendation is that trainees do 2 WPBA a month  so ideally trainees should try and fit these 2 assessments in before the 13th or 18th depending what phase they are in.

As a reminder all ASSET and ePortfolio data for trainees and supervisors/assessors will be transferred to the new system. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to let me know

Best wishes
Pippa AshtonProject Manager - RCPCH ePortfolio integration project
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH
Tel. 020 7092 6040 Web:  http://www.rcpch.ac.uk  Follow us on Twitter @rcpchtrainees

Keep up to date on the ePortfolio project by visiting www.rcpch.ac.uk/ePortfolio-news.