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New metrics for the Lancet Standing Commission on Liver Disease in the UK

Friday, 16 December 2016 12:41

The format for this third report of the Lancet Commission follows the same pattern as in 2015 in concentrating on the main recommendations, all of which are evidence based and have been most carefully considered in terms of their ability to reduce the current burden of liver disease in the UK and its financial cost. The working groups set up around the recommendations have concentrated this year on producing a set of the main metrics, which will enable further charting of disease prevalence and consequences on an annual basis.

Parliamentary Constituency (England) Liver Disease Burden Profiles

Monday, 03 October 2016 10:58

As part of its mission to increase awareness of liver disease amongst parliamentarians and policy makers the Lancet Commission for Liver Disease, of which the BSG is an active contributor, has been working to produce profiles of the burden of liver disease across England. The profiles have been customised to show data including Years of Life Lost, Mortality Rate and Hospital Admissions that is specific to each of the 533 parliamentary constituencies in England.

To view the profiles for your area please visit the Foundation for Liver Research website at the links below.

Dame Sheila Sherlock travelling fellowships

Friday, 23 September 2016 13:12

The fellowships offer consultants and trainees the opportunity to learn new techniques and acquire new experiences, ideas and stimulation through travel and the exchange of ideas.

Two travelling fellowships are available, covering a period of 1 month each, and will be offered to one consultant and one trainee. Each fellowship will be for a maximum of £2,000, with the recipients being responsible for funding any additional costs.

How to apply

Please email your completed application form and any supporting papers for the attention of the academic vice president to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Monday 16 January 2017. Application forms can be downloaded at the link below.

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

IAS Report into Alcohol's impact on the Emergency Services

Monday, 26 October 2015 09:51

The Institute of Alcohol Studies have today launched a report on alcohol's impact on the emergency services.

The IAS report is based on a survey among emergency services (police, ambulance, fire service and ED consultants) where they were asked about their perceived burden from alcohol related cases, such as time spent on alcohol related cases and also about potential verbal or physical abuse at work from people affected by alcohol.

The survey of front line staff shows that alcohol takes up as much as half of the time of the emergency services. The issue is particularly acute for the police, for whom 53% of their workload, on average, is alcohol-related. However, even fire and rescue teams, who reported being the least affected of the emergency services by alcohol, typically spent one in five working hours dealing with the consequences of drinking.

The IAS would welcome the support of AHA members in spreading the word by sharing the results of the project as widely as possible using your social media and online channels.

The full report is published on the IAS website, along with a short animation film summarising the findings. Both report and film can be found at: http://www.ias.org.uk/What-we-do/IAS-reports.aspx

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