Clinical News

Obesity surgery 'no quick fix'

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:26

NCEPOD called for improvements in presurgery counselling for bariatric surgery and patient-consent procedures, as outlined in their report"Too Lean a Service?"

HQIP launches new PPI learning tool and resources

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:15

HQIP has launched three new products to help organisations achieve successful patient and public involvement in clinical audit. These are a guide to developing a patient panel, a guide to developing a patient-friendly audit report, and an online learning tool for patients involved in audit.

HQIP has invited patients, carers, volunteers as well as clinical audit professionals to test the online learning tool, which aims to introduce clinical audit to patients, and others, who want to be involved in clinical audit activity in their local organisation.

Burden of Liver Disease and Inequalities in the North West of England

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 13:12

Burden of Liver Disease and Inequalities in the North West of England


Liver disease causes approximately 2% of all deaths in England. While other major causes of death are falling, the number of people who die from liver disease is rising and younger age groups are disproportionately affected.

This report collates routinely available data on the burden of liver disease and describes its relationship with inequalities. We hope that it will be a useful resource for Directors of Public Health, health and wellbeing boards, commissioners and providers of services as well as others involved in or with an interest in liver disease. We realise that there are gaps in the information where data are not routinely available. However, we hope the report serves as an important baseline to measure progress on reducing ill health caused by liver disease.

Survey of Hepatitis C Services in Prisons in England

Tuesday, 24 July 2012 08:39

Survey of Hepatitis C Services in Prisons in England

The first dedicated survey of hepatitis C services in prisons in England shows that diagnosis and treatment for chronic hepatitis C infection is available to prisoners in most prisons in England, but that care models available vary between in-reach service and out-reach based services.

The aim of the survey was to collect basic information on what type of services are provided in prisons for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of prisoners infected by hepatitis C. There are some positive indications emerging from the survey, the most important one being that hepatitis C diagnostic services are now being offered in all prisons except one. A previous generic survey carried out in 2007 showed only two thirds of prisons testing.

The results of this survey details useful information for policy makers, commissioners and service providers on models of good practice for provision of diagnosis, treatment and care of people living with hepatitis C infection in prisons in England.

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