BSG responds to inquiry into alcohol strategy
Tom Smith, BSG Chief Executive
The BSG has submitted formal written evidence to the Health Select Committee's inquiry into the government's alcohol strategy. While the strategy has many strengths it does not present a clear vision for alcohol treatment services and we have highlighted the importance of Alcohol Care Teams in achieving this. We also call for a Minimum Unit Price of not less than 50p. Addressing these issues could present real opportunities for improving lives and mean long-term saving for the NHS. Read more on the BSG's written evidence below:
- Full BSG response [ 60 kb ]
NICE 'Alcohol Dependence and Harmful Alcohol Use' Quality Standard
Scope of the Quality Standard
This quality standard covers the care of children (aged 10-15 years), young people (aged 16-17 years) and adults (aged 18 years and over) drinking in a harmful way and those with alcohol dependence in all NHS-funded settings. It also includes opportunistic screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinkers.
Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use quality statements
The quality standard refers to harmful drinking and alcohol dependence collectively as 'alcohol misuse'. It requires that services should be commissioned from and coordinated across all relevant agencies encompassing the whole care pathway. An integrated, multidisciplinary approach to provision of services is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care to people who misuse alcohol. A specialist alcohol service is one in which the primary role is the assessment and management of alcohol misuse, including both psychological and physical effects. Some specialist addiction services will have this role for both drug and alcohol misuse.
Survey of Hepatology Service Provision 2010
In 2004 Professor Roger Williams identified 34 centres in England and Wales as offering specialist hepatology services, including 6 liver transplant centres. This March 2010 report is based on a follow up survey six years later. With other sources the survey will help to build a picture of hepatology services in 2010 and how they might be developed.
- Hepatology Service Provision Survey 2010 [ 3.26 Mb ]
The National Plan for Liver Services UK 2009
A Time to Act: Improving Liver Health and Outcomes in Liver Disease
Prepared by the:
British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL)
British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) (Liver Section)
Hepatitis C in the UK: 2008 report - Health Protection Agency
2008's report details the action being taken at a local and national level to tackle hepatitis C across the United Kingdom (UK). Since the Agency's first annual hepatitis report for England, published in 2005, government action plans have been published in all countries of the UK. Each of the plans reflects the different priorities and concerns of that country, taking into consideration the differing systems for service delivery and the level of local accountability versus national coordination within each country. The countries are at different stages of implementation but all share common goals. We outline here the common major achievements and aspirations that are shared across the UK.
- View Report [ ]
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