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Announcement:  BSPGHAN Glasgow 25th-27th January

Dear Friends

We are getting ready to welcome all our colleagues to BSPGHAN Glasgow 25-27th January

As we say in Glasgow, ‘please come on in, you’re very welcome’.

We would like make you aware that as part of the social programme we are planning a full traditional Burns supper with Ceilidh on Thursday 26th January, as such we are organising hire of Scottish highland  dress for those who wish as part of the function.  For those of your that don’t know this a traditional annual tribute to our national poet Robert Burns, an evening of humour, poetry, music, haggis and merriment.  

We think it would be fantastic to have as many as possible delegates in official Highland-wear for this event.  As such, in combination with the Scottish Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Kilts4U and with generous help of Nutricia we are offering bespoke Kilt-hire arrangements at very reduced rates.  We present to you the Official BSPGHAN highland wear catalogue for the winter meeting, with choice of 3 outfits each with 5 different tartans to hire for men.  Or the traditional Highland sash to adorn ladies eveningwear, available to buy (as a permanent memento of Glasgow) at a very reasonable cost.

For those of you not with kilts, a full highland can cost >£1500 to buy and is often >£150 to hire in high season, so these are likely to be the cheapest as easiest opportunity you will have to go ‘true Scotsman’.

We will be taking a formal picture of the BSPGHAN assembly on Thursday 26th which will form part of the gift package, so we’re really looking for as much tartan as possible on display. Kilts4U have agreed hotel delivery on 25th Jan onward and collection on 27th as part of these hire-prices.  For those that this is a intrepid departure rest assured, that Kilts4U, Andy and the Richards will be on hand to guide everyone through the kilt wearing experience.

So all you have to do is contact SSPGHAN administrator Karen Fraser; karenfraser4@nhs.net   who will arrange to take £10 deposit and make order for you by December 21st (kilt hire choices and measurements will be dealt with discretion.)

We encourage you all  to say ‘Aye’ to this venture.


Richard Hansen & Andy Barclay, Local Organisers

30th Anniversary of BSPGHAN:  31st Annual Meeting 25th to 27th January 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 encompasses 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 meeting will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly Thistle Hotel) in Glasgow.  The Final Programme is now available. 

Abstract submission is now open, details of registration prices are now available to download from the website, please see http://www.bspghan.org.uk/annual-meeting for full details

We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow next year


Richard Hansen
Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist
Glasgow Children's Hospital

1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF

Service standards for specialist paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional support

RCPCH and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) are collaborating to develop the standards.
These aim to:
  • provide equity and quality of care for ICYP using gastroenterology and hepatology services and their parents and carers
  • inform commissioners / service planners and providers in designing and developing services
  • be used by inspectorates/regulators in inspecting services (including the Care Quality Commission)
  • ensure a smooth transition for children transitioning to adult specialist services
  • promote improved understandings of the interface between secondary and tertiary care.

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.