A selection of guidelines is available for members, covering a variety of subjects including consent, investigations and minimally invasive surgical procedures.
The BSGE was actively involved in setting the general standards for hysteroscopic and laparoscopic procedures. These guidelines and best practice information have been finalised and are available for our members to download together with further useful information from NICE and the RCOG
Miss Elizabeth Ball
>Guidelines Portfolio Chair
Royal London Hospital, London
We have two priorities:
(1) Start work on BSGE Guidelines.
(2) Set up a sustainable guideline group for the future.
Without further delay we would like to start on the guideline on laparoscopy in pregnancy. We are planning to extend it to surgical emergencies in pregnancy such as appendicitis, in conjunction with surgeons. It is envisaged that the guideline is a series of systematic reviews.
The plan is to conduct a scoping survey from BSGE members to determine subheadings and identify future guideline needs. We have liaised with the RCOG guideline group and will get our guideline rubber-stamped by the RCOG, rather than developing a joint guideline from scratch, which is more time consuming.
Recognition and funding
We decided against seeking sponsoring by industry sources. We aim to publish the SR leading to the guideline in peer reviewed journals. We are likely to identify research needs leading to a multicenter trial. We would like to seek limited funding from the BSGE for the systematic reviews.
Sustainability of guideline group and research staff
I am in the process of recruiting a group of consultants to review and comment on the evidence and of getting together a pool of junior doctors with an academic interest to learn systematic reviewing and carry out the searches. This activity will be incorporated in future job descriptions.
Guidelines Portfolio Chair