BSPGHAN Annual Meeting 26th – 28th January 2022, Birmingham (Face to Face)

Dear Colleagues

We are delighted to announce that registration is open for the 2022 Birmingham BSPGHAN Annual meeting. We look forward to seeing friends old and new in January as we countdown to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the summer.  Birmingham offers you the opportunity to experience a culture that’s rich, vibrant and diverse and the organising committee guarantees the warmest of hospitalities to you all.

We are delighted to announce that the fees will remain the same as those charged for BSPGHAN 2020 meeting in Brighton.

Please note that Abstract submission deadline is 26th November 2021

Earlier this year, as you know, we planned to meet in Birmingham, but priorities were elsewhere; social distancing and safety were paramount. We worked hard to offer a virtual meeting in April instead and thank you for supporting that.  BSPGHAN has focused to ensure that trainees, associates and members are not left behind with their professional development and invested in online learning and training. A huge thanks to our thanks to energetic webmaster, trainee supporters and members who have contributed and worked so hard to provide such a high quality education series.

So why meet face to face in 2022?  

The pandemic has highlighted the crucial importance of colleagues acting together – in particular, the challenges that span units, regions and nations.  It has also reminded us the importance of working collaboratively and creatively to rethink priorities and shape future care.  

We need the benefits that associating in person with friends offers. Being together provides different way of learning; nurtures us, helps us develop new skills, responsibility and humility. The power of long lasting friendships, networking, mutual support, laughter and fond memories can’t be understated.

We like this quote- “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behaviour is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.    Warren Buffett.

“We would totally hang out with you all”   … Sue and Ron

Getting here

The venue

We chose the Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, a modern venue that reflects the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, which is just a minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street station. No onward travel required when you arrive at the station.

New Street station is a 9 minute train journey to Birmingham International Airport.

Easy parking is available close to the venue.

The BCEC offers some of the largest event space in the city with high ceilings and ample meeting room and foyer space which is perfect for mingling but maintaining a degree of space if preferred.


The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre is connected to the Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre, Small Brook Queensway, via a glass link bridge.

Programme:  The At A Glance Programme can be downloaded here

We are offering interactive Masterclasses, MDT panel discussions including the young person’s perspective. The content will be informative and of interest to everyone on Wednesday 26th January known as the Post graduate day.

The social programme

The traditional Annual Consultant v Trainee Football Match that evening is open to all footballers and new for this time, we have the Birmingham Highlights 5k Fun Run (for those who wish). In the evening, please join us for a Drinks and Buffet reception at the Grand Hotel to relax, meet and mingle (at last!).

Birmingham’s original Grand Hotel was opened in 1879. When the hotel closed in 2002, a campaign by the people of Birmingham saved the much loved landmark from demolition; and now, almost twenty years later and following a £50 million restoration; – The Grand Hotel has just been opened.  Housed in one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings on Colmore Row, the luxury hotel is a Grade II* listed building. Retaining the building’s French Renaissance exterior, it offers Victorian and Arts & Crafts interior; grandeur with an art deco sheen and is located in the heart of the city and surrounded by the lively bars and restaurants. New Street Station and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are both a five-minute walk away.

The main meeting days on Thursday 27th January and Friday 28th January have vibrant and varied sessions including Invited state of the art lectures, Plenary and Scientific sessions, Electronic posters, Working Group meetings and Exhibitions.

The BSPGHAN Gala Dinner

The evening drinks reception and BSPGHAN Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th January 2022 will be a 10-15 minute walk away in the stunning 15th floor roof top function area of the 4* Park Regis Hotel. The Sky Suite has floor to ceiling glass and offers panoramic views of Birmingham’s skyline and beyond. We will dine and dance; have a few speeches and present the BSPGHAN Research Prize and the Distinguished Service Award/s.

New for 2022, on Friday 28th January we have arranged Innovative sessions to link the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition (CAPGAN) with the BSPGHAN Pancreatitis Working Group and later that morning the British Association of Paediatric Surgery (BAPS) has joined forces with BSPGHAN to present joint working on emergency endoscopy care.

Thank you very much for supporting the Society and registering for the 2022 BSPGHAN Annual meeting; please register now and join us in getting back together as a Society. We are confident that the meeting offers a stimulating and challenging time and that being together will help us grow stronger as a Society, reinforce existing and new friendships and is definitely one not to be missed.

BSPGHAN 2022 Annual Meeting organisers

Sue Protheroe and Ron Bremner 25th October 2021

*If Government restrictions cause the meeting to be cancelled, refunds to be offered.

BSPGHAN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD – call for nominations now closed

BSPGHAN Council thank BSPGHAN members for nominations for the 2021 BSPGHAN Distinguished Service Award. The decision on who will receive the award will be announced at the BSPGHAN Gala Dinner on Thursday 27th January 2022

A call for nominations will be advertised on the BSPGHAN website  in September  each year.  

Please download the full details for eligibility, standards, criteria and selection process.

*A Full or Associate member of BSPGHAN for at least 5 years at the time of nomination.  

Please remember that Honorary Membership may also be conferred by the Society, at the recommendation of Council, upon distinguished colleagues who have made an outstanding contribution to paediatric gastroenterology, whether they be members of the Society or not. Upon retirement, Full Members may apply in writing to the Convenor to become Honorary Members. Honorary Members are not be required to pay the annual subscription fee and do not have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting nor at Special Meetings. 

Best wishes

Sue Protheroe 

President of BSPGHAN 18/8/21 

Updated JCVI Guidance –  Covid vaccination of children and young people aged 12- 17 years

Updated JCVI Guidance – Covid vaccination of children and young people aged 12- 17 years

Dear members

Please see updated Guidance from the JCVI

in addition to previous advice

At this time,

  • the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine is the only vaccine authorised for persons aged 12 to 17 years in the UK
  • JCVI advises that all 16 to 17-year-olds should be offered a first dose of Pfizer-BNT162b2 vaccine. 
  • Persons aged 12 to 15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, should be offered 2 doses of Pfizer-BNT162b2 vaccine with an interval of 8 weeks between doses.

This currently includes children with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register. Details regarding additional person-groups with underlying health conditions to be offered vaccination will be provided as updates in the Green Book.

Children and young people aged 12 years and over who are household contacts of persons (adults or children) who are immunosuppressed should be offered 2 doses of Pfizer-BNT162b2 vaccine.

The rollout of Covid vaccination in England will be led through primary care. The letter notes: “We recognise that not all eligible 12-15 year olds may be identified through the GP record. Therefore, any approach by parents of children at increased risk should be considered and clinical judgement used around eligibility in line with JCVI advice. In addition, trusts may refer 12-15 year olds for a COVID-19 vaccination if they consider them to be eligible”

Letter to primary care –

FAQs on Vaccination delivery operations

Best wishes


Dr S Protheroe
BSPGHAN President

RCPCH COVID Vaccination Update

The College has recently updated its webpage on the COVID-19 vaccine programme with some FAQs. This is available alongside advice for paediatricians published earlier this year on the eligibility of children and young people for COVID-19 vaccines in phase 1 of the programme. We’re continuing to monitor these issues and will update the FAQ page as the situation develops.

With best wishes,

Kate Webb
Health Policy Lead
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

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