Alcohol Care Teams

- to reduce acute hospital admissions and improve quality of care

NHS Evidence provided by National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended a tried and tested initiative that reduces acute alcohol-related hospital admissions and readmissions as an important scheme to improve NHS quality and productivity. The case has been developed by the BSG, led by Dr Kieran Moriarty.

If each DGH establishes a 7-day Alcohol Specialist Nurse Service, together with an Assertive Outreach Alcohol Service to care for frequent hospital attenders and long-stay patients, for example those with alcohol-related liver disease, healthcare modelling methodology suggests that this could result in a 5% reduction in alcohol-related hospital admissions, with potential cost-savings to its locality of £1.6 million annually. Since the UK population in 2008 was 61.4 million, this would equate to an annual saving for the overall UK economy of £393 million.

An e-seminar took place on Tuesday 13 September and was chaired by Professor Martin Lombard, the Department of Health's National Clinical Director for Liver Disease. Participants heard about the initiative first hand from the author of the case study, Dr Kieran Moriarty CBE, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Royal Bolton Hospital and the BSG lead for alcohol services. His experiences of founding an 'Alcohol Care Team' and its effect on alcohol-related admissions are described in the presentation below:

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