Almost two-thirds of drinkers in the UK are thought to over-indulge on alcohol over the festive season; whilst only one in five experience hangovers in this period, for many the consequences are much worse. The UK has seen an alarming 400% increase in deaths in the last five decades; contrasting a reduced death rate in the other fatal diseases. The British Liver Trust is determined to increase the awareness of the seriousness and prevalence of liver disease in the UK and attempt to overcome the stigma that surrounds it.
As a reminder of the liver disease epidemic faced by the UK, the British Liver Trust has launched their Sound the Alarm on liver disease campaign. The three year campaign calls for the implementation of 10 key changes aimed to improve diagnosis, access to treatment and specialist care for liver patients.
COVID-19 cast yet another light on liver disease in 2020. Although only tentative associations between COVID-19 and liver disease can be made from the limited data available to date, the link between COVID-19 and ongoing liver disease is established, increasing the severity of illness. The COVID-19 - liver disease relationship will prove to be an area of interest and publication as the dust settles in our new post COVID-19 world.
A timely announcement by the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) School of Hepatology is a series of monthly webinars running throughout 2021. The first webinar, Acute Liver Failure, takes place on Wednesday 20 January, 7pm - 8pm, with guest speaker Dr Joanna Moore, Consultant Hepatologist, Leeds Teaching Hospital. The 12 month schedule of webinars are free to attend for BASL members. What better reason do we need to consider dry January?!
A note from the Chair
I'm delighted to inform you that we have appointed two wonderful nurses to join the steering group filling our vacancies; Julie Duncan and Claire Coughlan. They start in January and bring with them a wealth of experience in clinical practice, education and research and we are delighted to welcome them to the team. We will introduce both of them to you on our team page and how they increase and widen our representation of you to the RCN as a whole. Happy January 2021!