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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.

Map of Medicine Project

Monday, 16 July 2012 12:11

The Royal College of Physicians has been collaborating with the Map of Medicine since 2008. The Map of Medicine provides a visual representation of evidence-based, practice informed clinical care pathways. Communities looking to redesign services to meet additional demands use Map of Medicine care maps as a starting point for clinically-led service improvements. It is also increasingly being used as a starting point for the commissioning of services. It is made available free at point of care to NHS staff through licensing agreements with NHS Connecting for Health Local Service Providers and is also freely available to the public on the NHS Choices website.

The RCP has worked with its Fellows and Members to gather the practice-based knowledge for the evidence based care maps which are peer reviewed by our Joint Specialty Committee. Care maps relevant to GI are:

  • Crohn's disease
  • Dyspepsia
  • Food allegy
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Obesity in adults
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Alcohol dependence, withdrawal and liver disease
  • Jaundice

Audit Network Funding Available

Monday, 21 May 2012 15:13

HQIP is inviting further applications to its Clinical Audit Networks fund, which supports the important work of regional networks and events in promoting clinical audit. Regional clinical audit networks can apply for up to £2,500 to cover the cost of events and £1,000 for network administration over the course of a financial year.

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