BSG Elected Clinical Research Group Member Duties & Benefits

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    BSG CRGs consist of a steering group of 10 people with these interests representing a variety of regions within the UK, who are charged with fostering collaborative research within the UK in their specific area. The elected posts are for 3 years. 

    The elected CRG must have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 10, one of which must be a trainee and one a nurse. Other roles can be co-opted to the Group as and when appropriate. It is expected that the Consultant-level applicants will normally have a higher degree and or other relevant experience. 

    The Group aims to meet 2-3 times a year, mainly online with an opportunity for face-to-face once a year.

    They work closely with respective Sections (IBD, Endoscopy, Pancreas, Liver). They also develop part of the programme at the Annual Conference each year, identifying topics of value and inviting speakers.  

    All BSG members except Taster and Undergraduate members are eligible to vote for Clinical Research Group Member role.

    The BSG is committed to a policy of diversity and inclusion in all its activities and appointments.  All applications who meet the published job specification and criteria will be considered without regard to age, race, gender, orientation, ethnicity, in accordance with the Society’s approved E & I policy.

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    About the Clinical Research Groups

    Clinical Research Groups (CRGs) have been formed covering Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pancreas, Food & Function, and Liver. Their aim is to increase the quality and quantity of clinical GI and liver research in the UK. The Food & Function CRG was formed to cover areas formerly within the remit of the Small Bowel & Nutrition and Neurogastroenterology & Motility Groups, with the addition of relevant pancreas-related research. Cancer Diagnosis & Prevention is expected to be covered within the current Groups and elsewhere and thus is no longer covered by a separate Group.
    In 2010, each CRG submitted two to three research priorities or unmet clinical needs that most warranted research funding in their field, which laid the foundation for the National Clinical Research Strategy. This Research Strategy has been revised in 2018 to reflect changes in the clinical research landscape.
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    Overview of the CRG work streams

    • Attend 2-3 meetings a year with significant outputs from those meetings
    • Ensure that the group is active and delivering in line with BSG charitable aims and objectives
    • Lead or be part of an active study/studies
    • Develop and deliver events/webinars e.g. IBD Investigators Day
    • Develop the content for relevant sections of BSG Annual Meeting and BSG Campus
    • Deliver annual report/summary to Executive committee by Chair or Secretary 
    • Higher Committees representation – each CRGs appointed Chair represents its group on Research Committee Meetings
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    Overview of the Section/Committee member duties

    • Contribute to the delivery of group aims
    • Attend as many CRG meetings as possible with a minimum attendance at 50% of meetings – research committee support team member will monitor it throughout the year and feed back to the respective chair
    • Contribute significantly to at least one aspect of committee work each year (e.g. guidelines, work on active study/studies, events/webinars, programme planning)
    • All Section/Committee members are required to serve as abstract reviewers and work to the timetable required by the Programme Committee
    • All Section/Committee members are required to serve on the judging panel if requested of any Awards, Prizes, Bursaries, Scholarships or Grants run by the Group/respective Higher Committee of which they are a member.
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    Overview of how BSG supports you

    Every BSG committee/group has a Committee Support Officer who will support with taking meeting minutes, administrating internal appointments and other projects as needed, and will engage other BSG office staff as required. The BSG office can support with delivering events and educational materials. The BSG office organogram can be seen here
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    Opportunities to communicate with members

    The BSG office team can support you with communicating with members. In the first instance, we suggest contacting your committee support officer, or you can email and the team will respond. 
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    Programme committee – key milestones for BSG Annual Conference and BSG Campus (abstracts, awards, posters, bursaries etc)

    Guidance on what is required can be found here: In order to access this resource page you need to log in to your BSG account. If you have any questions, please contact your committee support officer, or Alex Kelly, who manages the programme committee, at 
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    Working with industry

    The BSG can support with interactions with industry, and to ensure we are offering a consistent, compliance experience for industry partners, request that the BSG office be involved in all discussions with industry relating to sponsorship. 

    Our full industry interactions policy can be found here: 

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    Key policies 

    Key BSG policies and documents, such as BSG’s rules and regulations and the expenses policy can be found here: 

    The BSG’s strategy documents can be found here: 

    If you have any queries, please contact your committee support officer in the first instance. 

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    Member benefits

    Here is a reminder of some of the benefits of being a BSG member: