Clinical News

Financial case for action on liver disease

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:31

Liver disease has grown to become one of the most common causes of premature death in the UK and its burden continues to escalate. 62,000 years of working life are lost to liver disease every year and its impact on the poorest in our society is disproportionally severe, contributing to the widening of socioeconomic health inequalities in the UK.

Worsening liver disease health outcomes could be reversed through concerted preventive action to tackle its main causes: alcohol misuse, obesity and viral hepatitis. Voluntary agreements with the food and drinks and alcohol industries have proved ineffective.

Through this paper, the Foundation for Liver Research seeks to make the financial case for public health action in these areas and urges the implementation of targeted measures recommended by the independent Lancet Commission on Liver Disease. This paper summarises the escalating financial costs to the health and care system as well as the wider societal costs related to the three lifestyle-related risk factors.

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme - clinical leads appointed

Thursday, 20 July 2017 17:08

Leading clinicians from across the NHS have joined the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme to lead reviews into a range of medical and surgical specialities. GIRFT today announced the appointment of surgical leads and senior advisors for 14 new work streams.

The BSG wishes to congratulate member Dr Beverley Oates on her appointment as the clinical lead for Gastroenterology. The clinical leads will produce national reviews of each specialty with work beginning before the end of the year.

Professor Tim Briggs, Chair of GIRFT and National Director of Clinical Quality and Efficiency at NHS Improvement, said: "I am delighted that we have attracted another high calibre group of extremely experienced and enthusiastic clinical leads into the GIRFT programme. The fact that each work stream is led by an expert in the speciality is a vital part of the GIRFT methodology, because it means trust clinicians know they are dealing with people who really understand the challenges they face."

Dr Oates said: "I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to join the GIRFT team. I am very patient centred in my approach and I am keen to be involved in this exciting programme to ensure high quality patient care is paramount, and that NHS resources are used to their best effect for the benefit of our patients. As the late Jo Cox inspirationally said 'we have more in common than that which divides us'. I know that there is a lot of great work going on in our hospitals and I am looking forward to being able to help disseminate good practice, and enable teams to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical quality, productivity and efficiency."


Become a tribunal medical member and contribute your skills in a new way

Friday, 14 July 2017 12:58

Applications for medically-qualified members of the First-tier Tribunal will open on 3 August 2017.

This is an exciting opportunity for medical professionals to use their skills and knowledge to make important decisions that will make a real difference to people's lives.

The Social Entitlement Chamber in the First-tier Tribunal is looking for approximately 200 new medical members to bring their expertise to the tribunal. It hears appeals arising from decisions made about disability benefits. Doctors from all backgrounds can apply.

As the medical member you will sit alongside a tribunal judge and sometimes a disability-qualified member. All tribunal members contribute to the decision about the benefit being appealed.

Your application must be submitted by 1pm on 24 August.

Improving Quality in Liver Services

Friday, 07 July 2017 08:59

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has officially launched its new exemplar liver accreditation programme, Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS), led by Dr James Ferguson, clinical lead for the programme.

Born out of the successful LiverQuest pilot project, IQILS is supported by the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) and has been shaped in partnership with the wider liver community, professional bodies, societies and patient groups.

Having taken learning and recommendations from the original LiverQuest pilot, the new accreditation scheme, will support liver services to deliver high-quality care for patients.

IQILS is open to all liver services across the UK, enabling them invaluable access to a new online tool, expertise and up to date guidance on improving standards and enhancing patient experience.

For more details regarding the scheme, how to sign up, and discount eligibility, information can be found at Alternatively, contact Madeline Corrigan, IQILS Programme Manager at the RCP at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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