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British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

BSPGHAN Educational events 2020 and Annual Meeting 2021 

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  1. BSPGHAN Annual Meeting and AGM January 27, 2021- January 28, 2021
  2. BSPGHAN Masterclass  “Intestinal Failure – Past, Present and Future”? August 12th, 2020 14.00 -15.00  
  3. 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.

What’s new

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.

Please book your study leave now.

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

Best wishes,
Sue Protheroe
BSPGHAN President
President@BSPGHAN.org.uk

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