The Reducing Harm from Alcohol Programme has been running for two years and has a focus on alcohol related liver disease (ARLD). Following on from our successful conference ‘Getting to Grips with Alcohol’ Conference 2016, the Wessex AHSN Reducing Harm from Alcohol Programme held its 2017 meeting, ‘Integrated Treatment for ARLD: Making it happen (2017). This had a focus on early intervention and integrated treatment for alcohol related liver disease (ARLD). Local clinical leads, CEOs of acute Trusts and commissioners of care attended to review their current position and act on the call to action.
Dr Stephen Ryder -Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham
Professor Sir Ian Gilmore Chair Alcohol Health Alliance UK
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) and St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight (IOW)
ARLD audit evidencing the need to integrate alcohol management into the liver disease pathway. The audit shows excess service use, poorer outcomes (including 25% mortality over 1 year) in ARLD group.
The presentations ended with updates on research support from the James Lind Alliance and CRN Wessex and Dr Ryan Buchanan.
The afternoon workshops focused on:
• Approaches for implementing local treatment pathways
• Approaches for commissioning local treatment pathways