The current BSPGHAN advice on shielding will change on August 1st in line with Government advice.
From 1 August, the government will pause shielding unless the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly.
This guidance will be updated on 1 August.
See specific advice for our patients’ families
**Clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people (0 to 18)
Specialists in paediatric medicine have reviewed the evidence on the level of risk posed to children and young people from COVID-19. The latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low.
All children and young people currently identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, and advised to shield, should continue to do so until 31 July, when the government will pause shielding for everyone.
All decisions on whether children and young people should be removed from the shielded patient list (and therefore will not be advised to shield again in future if transmission starts to increase significantly) should be based on a consultation with a paediatric specialist or GP who will be best placed to determine the most appropriate care. Gov.uk advises that a paediatric specialist or GP will be in touch over the summer to have these discussions.
Returning to school
- children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can go back to school (when the rest of their class goes back)
See guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
This advice is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide.
This does not replace any local public health measures put in place to protect the local population. If there is an outbreak of COVID-19 within your area, please follow any guidance set out locally or any specific law which applies to the area you live in .If local restrictions are in place in your area, please visit local lockdowns guidance
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BSPGHAN Educational events 2020 and Annual Meeting 2021
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- BSPGHAN Annual Meeting and AGM January 27, 2021- January 28, 2021
- BSPGHAN Masterclass “Intestinal Failure – Past, Present and Future”? August 12th, 2020 14.00 -15.00
- BSPGHAN Trainees meeting August 19th 2020 13.00-16.00
The pandemic has given us unique challenges in delivering and hosting educational events, especially our upcoming annual BSPGHAN meeting.
Our trainees have led the way and pulled together highly successful Zoom educational initiatives.
Following discussion at Council, Dr Ronald Bremner, my co-host, and I have agreed to arrange a virtual annual meeting and AGM in 2021, harnessing the recent success of weekly trainees’ online events.
Virtual annual meeting and AGM January 2021
We plan to offer interactive “live” panel discussions and debates to continue our professional and friendly interactions on January 28th, 2021.
For abstract submission and management, we will use the online system that worked well last year and offer poster submission with poster walks using uploaded video presentations alongside.
Following demand, we plan to offer to stream parallel sessions for the Associates, Trainees and PeGHAN colleagues on the first day January 27th 2021. We are willing to secure a venue to host a small face-to-face meeting alongside the online annual meeting nearer the time if this is in demand. We hope that this hybrid meeting will offer the best of both worlds. It may become the template for meetings in future, hopefully with a large proportion of the meeting being face-to-face in future. Council have agreed that we run a meeting in Birmingham in 2021.
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Twitter - The trainees, led by Joe Chan and supported by Mark Beattie plan to use our BSPGHAN Twitter account take on a larger role for the virtual meeting.
Uses will include publicising upcoming talks, facilitating online discussions and post-talk questions for the speakers.
The first BSPGHAN Masterclass on 12th August 2020 https://BSPGHAN.org.uk/events
You are invited to join the first BSPGHAN Masterclass on August 12th, 2020 14.00-15.00. Dr Sue Protheroe will deliver a talk on 'Intestinal Failure; Past Present and Future'. Time and registration details will be circulated shortly “BSPGHAN Masterclasses” will invite a wider audience (to include international trainees, non-GI health professionals, non-BSPGHAN members) with the intention of sharing GI learning to a wider audience, and extending the society’s reach and influence.
BSPGHAN Trainee’s meeting on 19 August 2020 ; https://BSPGHAN.org.uk/events
A trainee members' meeting has been organised by Dr Neil McConnell, chair of the Trainee Group. The programme is being finalised and will be uploaded shortly. Talks will cover why to train in gastroenterology and hepatology; insight into the START Exams and Consultant Interview Tips. This meeting is open to Trainees and those who may be interested in a career in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Returning to Hospital Schools
The Department for Education has published a suite of guidance relating to school opening in September. It is the intention of the department that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. From 1 June, DfE asked schools to begin welcoming back more pupils in specific year groups. Hospital schools on hospital sites were asked to work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups and informed by risk assessments. Since then, the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) has decreased, the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and there are clear measures that need to be in place to create safer environments within schools.
Returning to school is vital for children’s education and for their wellbeing, and we therefore need to ensure all pupils can return to school sooner rather than later. This includes pupils receiving hospital education on hospital sites.As you will see from the guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings/guidance-for-full-opening-special-schools-and-other-specialist-settings), we are asking hospitals to work with the relevant Infection Prevention and Control team and NHS Trust to ensure that all pupils educated on hospital sites are able to return to education in September where it is safe and feasible to do so and in line with hospital IPC measures. We expect headteachers and NHS trusts to work together over the summer holidays and beyond, to enable the return of all pupils at the start of the autumn term. We would be very grateful if you could share the guidance with the relevant members of your staff teams to ensure key messages are widely distributed and to enable planning for September to commence
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