Liver disease

About us

Liver disease is one of the five most common causes of premature death whose incidence is rising year on year. However, more than 90 percent of liver disease cases are preventable. 

Working in partnership with the British Liver Trust, this project has two aims: improving the detection of risk factors for liver disease in primary care and addressing them before liver disease develops; and improving the early detection of liver disease so that progression to more serious illness can be prevented through appropriate treatment and monitoring. We are working to raise awareness of liver disease as one of the major chronic, preventable, lifestyle-related diseases and to encourage GPs and other primary care staff to take an increasingly important and effective role in its prevention and management. This project is delivered in partnership with the British Liver Trust.

Aims of the project

This project has two aims:
  1. Improving the detection of risk factors for liver disease in primary care and addressing them before liver disease develops;
  2.  Improving the early detection of liver disease so that progression to more serious illness can be prevented through appropriate treatment and monitoring.

Key Outputs

Liver disease online toolkit 

Forthcoming work

  • Guidance for commissioners
  • Contribution of primary care sections for the 5th Lancet publication: ‘Gathering Momentum for the Way Ahead: The Fifth Report of the Lancet Standing Commission on Liver Disease in the UK’ (In press – publication November 2018) – link to publication when available
  • Role in developing European survey on GP attitudes to Liver disease for European Lancet/EASL publication 

Upcoming Liver Disease workshops: Improving the Detection and Management of Liver Disease in Primary Care

Recent outputs

Clinical team 

Dr Helen Jarvis

Dr Jarvis is a GP in the North East of England, with a clinical and academic interest in liver disease. She holds an NIHR In-Practice-Fellowship hosted by Newcastle University, which she is using to start her PhD. Her doctoral work focuses on increasing the evidence base to guide better primary care detection of NAFLD. She has hospital experience in liver disease and a Masters degree in Public Health. As the clinical champion for the liver disease priority project, Dr Jarvis is committed to improving outcomes for people at risk of liver disease, and the need to incorporate liver disease management into routine primary care practice. 


Dr Mead Mathews

Dr Mead trained in Liverpool and Manchester, where she completed a medical rotation before switching to general practice. She now works as a partner in St Marys surgery, Southampton. St Mary’s is a 5-partner, 24,000 patients, forward thinking, inner city practice.  She is married with two children. She commutes daily on her bike to stay sane and enjoys cooking, gardening and photography in her small amount of spare time!

Mead developed an interest in liver disease when the practice took part in a hepatology primary care research project (the LOCATE STUDY). She went on to develop a pathway to enable the detection and management of liver disease in primary care. The pathway was adopted by the CCG and used city wide and has led to the commissioning of a direct access primary care fibro scan service. Through this work Mead was asked to comment on the primary care section of the Lancet commission in to liver disease. 
She joined as the RCGP clinical fellow in 2018-part way through the project.

 
 

 

 

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