Do you treat children with Hirschsprung's or Gastroschisis?
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:14
Would you be interested in sharing your expertise, improving the quality of research, and helping to improve outcomes in both conditions? NETS (Next stage in Evidence-based paediatric surgical Treatment Strategies), are developing core outcome sets for Hirschsprung's Disease and gastroschisis, and need doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, parents and patients to help us by completing three online questionnaires over the next 6 months. For more information and to register your interest, please go to www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/nets/taking-part
Launch of IAS Report 'Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol'
Monday, 09 November 2015 10:42
Today the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has published a report condemning the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, suggesting it has "worsened the health of the nation". Titled Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol, the report's main findings include:
- The Responsibility Deal is not endorsed by academics or the public health community
- It has pursued initiatives known to have limited efficacy in reducing alcohol-related harm
- The evidence on the effectiveness of the Responsibility Deal is limited and unreliable, due to ambiguous goals and poor reporting practices
- Where evaluation has been possible, implementation has often failed to live up to the letter and/or spirit of the pledges
- The Responsibility Deal appears to have obstructed more meaningful initiatives with a stronger evidence base behind them
- Download the full report [ 383 kb ]
Hepatitis C ODNs service specification published
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:44
NHS England has published the service specification for Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) for hepatitis C care in adults. The full document is available below. Many BSG members will have been involved in the set up processes to date at a local level but this provides NHS England's final specification document.
The BSG, through Steve Ryder and others, continue to engage with NHS England on the detailed operation of ODNs (including data requirements) and the opportunities for clinical peer review amongst ODNs.
Royal College of Nursing launches framework to improve care for liver disease patients
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 11:52
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a revised competence framework to help improve nursing care for people with liver disease. The framework, published on 18th September and launched at the British Liver Nurses' Forum 17th Annual Conference, aims to promote education and training in this area.
The framework is authored by RCN members Lynda Greenslade, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hepatology at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and Michelle Clayton, Lecturer in Liver Care at the University of Leeds. It describes the professional standards expected of practitioners when caring for adults and young people across England with liver disease. The framework is applicable to nursing staff in primary and secondary care settings, and is also suitable for use by healthcare practitioners such as GPs and liver dieticians.
The framework also highlights how liver disease was formerly considered to be a rare disease, but now is the fifth most common cause of death in the UK, namely as a result of alcohol, viral hepatitis and obesity leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
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