A Surgeons Guide to AGIP - Assoc GI Physiologists
The Association of Gastro-intestinal Physiologists (AGIP) is an Associate group within the British Society of Gastroenterology, first inaugurated in 1991. Associate Membership of the BSG is intended for those who have a long-term commitment to some aspect of gastrointestinal practice or research, but who are otherwise ineligible for other forms of membership e.g., gastrointestinal nurses, dieticians, clinical GI physiologists, nurse consultants and other non-medically qualified individuals; all groups of health care workers warmely welcomed by TPFS.
Intending Associate Members should have been in a relevant post for at least one year, and their commitment should be demonstrated by regular sessional contributions to gastrointestinal practice or research amounting to at least two-and-a-half days per week. The constitution of AGIP is governed by BSG guidelines.
AGIP has a Council of 12 and is chaired by Jeff Wright (Nottingham). TPFS membership on council includes Prof Graeme Duthie and Steve Perring (Poole). Steve is a member of our QA & G committe.
A Radiology break out session chaired by Arvind Pallan (Birmingham) and Eric Loveday (Bristol) occured at TPFS AGM in Manchester 2015. The majority of radiologists present were GI specialists and any were members of BSGAR. Some were uroradiologists, others primarily involved in womens imaging. There was also a a significant number of trainee radiologists in attendance. Most were involved in an MDT process. One attendee was a clinical physiologist performing pelvic USS. Most used DProctography as primary imaging modality with MRI for problem solving.
Consensus was reached on the following points:
- There is a lack of defined standards
- ESGAR standards are imminent which may or may not be applicable to UK practice
- There was a strong feeling that there is a need for a representative group
- That group would sit professionally within the Pelvic Floor Society as it spans different Radiological Disciplines and encompasses allied health professionals, especially GI physiologists
- Expressions of interest will be sought via relevant bodies (BSGAR, BSUR, ESGAR, Womens imaging specialists)
- There was strong support from the surgical committee members present
- Those present agreed to collaborate on standards for performance and reporting of examinations and agreed indications for imaging investigations.