The British Liver Trust is the leading UK charity for adults with all types of liver disease. We are determined to achieve real change in liver health. Most conditions such as stroke, lung disease, heart disease and most types of cancer have seen death rates decline dramatically over the last 40 years yet we are facing a liver disease crisis in the UK with the numbers affected increasing at an alarming rate. Our key areas of work are;
Supporting those affected by liver disease
We have a range of award winning publications and online information packed with high quality information about every type of liver disease. Our nurse led Helpline provides up to date information and support and is a lifeline for patients and carers. The Trust’s Health Unlocked forum provides a supportive online community where those affected by liver disease can meet and support each other 24 hours a day. The Trust also facilitates support groups across the UK where those affected can meet face to face.
Raising awareness of how liver disease can be prevented and promoting early detection of those with a problem
The Love Your Liver Campaign seeks to raise awareness of the major risk factors that can cause liver damage and encourage those who are at risk to get tested. It includes;
- a free online screener that assesses whether you are at risk of liver disease and provides information on what to do if you are
- a year round awareness campaign with the media and through promotional displays
- targeted activity in ‘Liver Awareness month’ in January and in ‘Love Your Liver week’ in the third week of June
- Love Your Liver community screening events held in association with local liver clinicians around the UK
The Trust is also working in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners on a three year programme to raise awareness, increase the numbers who are diagnosed early and improve care of liver disease in primary care.
Campaigning for better and more equitable services
We campaign for best possible and more equitable services for people with liver disease. This includes representing patients on Government committees, to NICE and on different stakeholder groups so that their voice is heard and acted upon. We also work hard to influence the Department of Health, NHS and Parliamentarians at a UK-wide and individual country level. The Campaign section of the website provides more detail on some of this work.
Supporting patient focussed research
Research has always been a priority for the Trust. Beyond our role in directly funding a select number of projects, we also support research by providing a patient perspective; involving patients in the design and governance of research; providing information about new clinical trials and promoting new research to as wide an audience as possible. You can find out about current research projects here.