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From the President

     

Mr Nick Maynard

I am writing this on my way back from a short visit to Aberdeen where we have been finalising some of the arrangements for our annual conference in September. The venue is a fantastic purpose-built Conference Centre, with more than enough hotel accommodation for all of us within easy walking distance. Andy Smith and his Education Committee are putting together a brilliant academic programme, and as always, I am in no doubt that the meeting will be wonderfully social, providing a great opportunity to meet up with friends. We do intend for the meeting to be hybrid, and there will be a virtual component for those who cannot come, but with such great memories of our meeting in Belfast last October still fresh in our minds, I really hope that all of you will come to Aberdeen for the meeting. It might seem a long way to come, but the Conference Centre is close to Aberdeen airport and there are many flights coming in each day from all over the United Kingdom and from Ireland as well. The success of our meetings depends entirely upon you, our members

Although COVID has not disappeared, it is clearly having a far lesser impact on hospital services, and most of us will hopefully have returned to a more normal working life, albeit having to help clear some of the enormous waiting lists that have built up over the last couple of years. I am really conscious of the impact of COVID on surgical training over the last two years, and despite the brilliant Webinar programme put on by Andy Smith and his Training and Education Committee, it is clear from last year’s GMC National Training Survey we have much work to do.  Although the “apprenticeship” model remains a core part of how we train, we need to do more to embrace video analysis and laparoscopic simulation into our training. This will be a significant theme of our meeting in Aberdeen.

We recently sought expressions of interest from the AUGIS Membership to help set up our EDI (Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee. I was absolutely delighted with the response, and I will be asking those who have expressed an interest to set up a working party to develop a detailed programme of how we plan to tackle these issues. As you will know from our recent EGM, we are very close to finalising our negotiations regarding the separation of BOMSS from AUGIS, and our recently constituted AUGIS Bariatric Group will play a major role in defining our future working relationship with BOMSS in a collaborative and complementary way. I am in no doubt that this specialty group will mature and evolve in a similar way to our other specialty groups which have transformed AUGIS into a very different and ever improving association!

Stuart Andrews and Kirk Bowling of BBUGSS (British Benign Upper GI Surgical Society) have agreed that BBUGSS should move fully into the AUGIS infrastructure as the benign surgical group in AUGIS. Benign surgery undoubtedly comprises the biggest section of AUGIS, and I am delighted that Stuart and Kirk are as keen as we are for BBUGSS to be fully incorporated into AUGIS. BBUGSS will of course retain its own identity within AUGIS, in a similar way to our other specialty groups, and they will be responsible for drawing up guidelines and setting standards in benign upper GI surgery, working with Council and other specialty groups as appropriate. Many of you will be familiar with the impressive National Hiatal Surgery Registry (NHSR) that Stuart and colleagues have developed, and we have also agreed that AUGIS will take over ownership and running of the registry through BBUGSS and an NHSR Committee. Stuart has kindly agreed to join AUGIS Council to lead on this integration once he demits as President of BBUGSS.

We are always seeking to improve AUGIS and at our recent Council meeting I reminded all Council members, and particularly our Allied Health Professional and Regional Representatives that we must engage as much as possible with our members, through networking and meetings. There have been some great examples of regions joining together for meetings, and we want to see regional Consultant, AHP and Roux representatives all working together to ensure that every single healthcare worker in the United Kingdom and Ireland knows what AUGIS is all about and wants to join!

I look forward to seeing you all in Aberdeen in September – it will be our 25th meeting since AUGIS was born in 1997, so let’s make sure we make it the biggest and best AUGIS meeting ever!

Best wishes

Nick

President of AUGIS

 

 

 
 

A message from Nick...

A couple of years ago Giles Toogood and Stuart Andrews (President of BBUGSS) agreed that BBUGSS would partner with AUGIS to represent the benign surgery section of our membership. This has already been a fantastically productive partnership, as evidenced by the Webinars put on by BBUGSS both during and since the pandemic, and also the brilliant benign programme put on by Stuart and his committee in Belfast. Benign surgery undoubtedly comprises the biggest section of AUGIS, and following discussions with Stuart Andrews and Kirk Bowling of BBUGSS, I am delighted to announce that BBUGSS will move fully into the AUGIS infrastructure as the benign surgical group in AUGIS. BBUGSS will of course retain its own identity within AUGIS, in a similar way to our other specialty groups, and they will be responsible for drawing up guidelines and setting standards in benign upper GI surgery, working with Council and other specialty groups as appropriate. The President of BBUGSS will of course sit on AUGIS Council.

As you will know we are very keen to improve our data collection, and setting and monitoring of standards for the clinical services we provide. All those working in the different subspecialties of Upper GI Surgery should be rightly very proud of the National Oesophagogastric Cancer Audit (NOGCA) and the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR), and there is now a wealth of data suggesting that such audits and registries not only give us detailed information about activity and outcomes, but also help improve outcomes. Many of you will be familiar with the deeply impressive National Hiatal Surgery Registry (NHSR) that Stuart and colleagues have developed, and those of us who have looked at it in detail are in no doubt that it will achieve everything that NOGCA and NBSR have. We have agreed that AUGIS will take over full ownership and running of the registry through BBUGSS and the NHSR Committee. Stuart has kindly agreed to join AUGIS Council to lead on this integration once he demits as President of BBUGSS.

The registry will only succeed if we all submit our data. I do not think anyone will disagree that we need to know much more about current activity and outcomes in hiatal surgery, and I would strongly urge all surgeons who carry out hiatal surgery to register with NHSR and enter data on your patients – if we do this properly, I am quite certain the registry will lead to improved outcomes for all our patients.

As ever, please do not hesitate to ring or email me through the office if you have any questions or want to discuss anything further.

Best wishes

Nick

AUGIS President 

AUGIS 2022

The AUGIS Annual Scientific Meeting will be taking place from Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 September 2022 at the P&J Live Conference Centre in Aberdeen. 

The Scientific Programme has been awarded 18 CPD Points by the ASGBI. Click here to view the provisional Scientific Programme. 

Please note that the closing date for abstract submission has been extended to 9am on Tuesday 14 June 2022.

Click here to find out more about AUGIS 2022 

AUGIS 2022 Programme awarded 18 CPD Points

AUGIS Annual Member's Update

Welcome to the AUGIS Update which is an opportunity for AUGIS to let our members know what the association has achieved during the previous membership year and to let you know our plans for the forthcoming year. 
We really do value your ideas, thoughts and feedback, so please do contact us info@augis.org 

Click here to view the AUGIS 2022 Member's Update