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New BSG guidelines on management of abnormal liver blood tests

Updated guidelines on the management of abnormal liver blood tests have been published by the Clinical Services and Standards Committee (CSSC) of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) under the auspices of the liver section of the BSG. The original guidelines, which these new guidelines superseded, were written in 2000 and have undergone extensive revision by members of the Guidelines Development Group (GDG). The British Liver Trust will be supporting their dissemination – particularly through our partnership with the RCGP.

You can read the full document here

Launch of IQILS liver service accreditation system

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has launched its Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS) accreditation scheme. The British Liver Trust fully supports the scheme and believes over time it will drive up standards of care.

The IQILS scheme enables liver services to:

  • Adhere to professional standards of best practice
  • Identify sub-optimal practice so it may be improved
  • Receive independent validation that they satisfy standards of quality.

Liver services who wish to start working towards accreditation should sign up on the RCP website.

New Hepatic Encephalopathy ‘Passport’

The British Liver Trust has worked with Norgine to produce a Patient Passport for people with advanced liver disease who either have the symptoms of HE or are worried they may develop them. The passport includes a ‘patient alert card’ that individuals can keep in their wallet so that healthcare professionals are aware of their condition and do not think it is caused by other factors.

You can download the passport here, and order multiple copies here.

Launch of British Liver Nurses Association (BLNA)

The British Liver Nurses' Association (BLNA) is a special interest group of the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL).  It is a professional nursing organisation aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of liver disease, in order to improve the quality of patient care, through:

  • The advancement of good clinical practice in the care of individuals with, or at risk of liver disease;
  • The promotion and dissemination of patient-focussed research;
  • The provision of educational support and educational opportunities in the field of hepatology;
  • The promotion of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with liver disease.

For more information and to join BLNA, visit their website.

HCV in Primary Care & Drug and Alcohol settings - free workshops

People who inject drugs (PWID) represent approximately 90% of newly acquired hepatitis C (HCV) infection. Clinicians working with PWID play an important role in reducing HCV-related morbidity and mortality through early diagnosis and treatment.

With the advent of new well-tolerated, short-course direct acting antiviral (DAA) HCV regimens with cure rates >95%, there is a chance to vastly improve the health outcomes of people living with HCV.

This course will strengthen the capacity of clinical staff to manage HCV in their setting. Through online learning and a face-face workshop, delivered by local experts, participants will gain the skills to confidently manage HCV. This workshop is designed for Addiction Specialists, General Practitioners, Nurse Prescribers, Pharmacist Prescribers and other clinical staff working with people who inject drugs.

The workshops are free of charge. Places are limited so registration is essential. Click here for more information

Liver Disease Toolkit for primary care

The Liver Disease Clinical Priority Programme is a partnership between the British Liver Trust and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Its goal is to make liver disease prevention, detection and treatment a central part of routine healthcare amongst the UK’s 43,000 GPs

A newly developed toolkit of resources has recently been launched, and is available to access here. If you have any links with primary care in your area please let them know about this new set of resources.

The toolkit includes: Guidance on testing; NICE guidelines explained; patient pathways; best practice examples; audit templates; patient resources; latest facts and stats; top tips on managing liver disease; links to key articles; FAQs