BLNA News - Shared Care Liver Project (SCLP) - Showcase Event Report
On 28 November 2017, the project leads for the Shared Care Liver Project (SCLP) held a showcase event in Basildon to highlight and disseminate the joint work of St Luke’s Hospice and Basildon Hepatology team.
The SCLP has been running since 2015 and is a unique and innovative project which offers early palliative care interventions and support to patients with Advanced Liver Disease (ALD) and their carers.
The award winning project was funded by The Health Foundation and supported by Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit (MCPCRU) and has played an important part in informing the national picture on the care of those with ALD.
More than 50 attended from both the Hospice/palliative care and hepatology disciplines. The afternoon included speakers from The Health Foundation and MCPCRU.
The quantative outcome data was presented and highlighted that the project cohort demonstrated improved compliance and often stabilised when offered a multi-disciplinary supportive care approach from the Hospice in addition to their Hepatology services. Significantly, 100% of the cohort had end of life conversations and 68% completed planning documents which included Preferred Priorities for Care documentation and DNACPR documentation.
Qualitative outcome data highlighted themes such as ‘improvement in continuity of care’ and ‘not feeling judged’.
Both the Basildon Hepatology and Hospice teams highlighted the wealth of reciprocal learning gained throughout the project, with enhanced communication being highlighted as key to the success of the project.
The project team will now be focusing on publication of their findings and further dissemination. Further funding is also being sort to continue with development and dissemination of the model.
Virginia Campbell – Advanced Nurse Practitioner St Luke’s Hospice Basildon – co-project lead
Sharon Quinn – Assistant Director of Clinical Care & Quality – St Luke’s Hospice, Basildon – co-project lead
Press Release - British Liver Nurses' Association (BLNA) Launch
We are pleased to announce the official launch of the British Liver Nurses Association (BLNA). As you may already be aware, the BLNA is the new national liver nurses group, founded following the merger of the British Liver Nurses Forum (BLNF) and the British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurses Forum (BASLNF).
After 2-3 years of collaborative working, the BLNF and BASLNF members reached a stage where their aims and objectives for liver nursing were such that it was agreed to unite so as to provide one powerful voice to raise the profile of liver nursing, across the UK.
The BLNA is a professional nursing association run by its members for its members and promises to continue to offer professional support for nurses working within all fields of liver disease. The BLNA will take forward the shared values and strengths from both BASLNF and BLNF and together with and on behalf of its members, will ensure opportunities are available to share best practice, as well as attend educational meetings, with the ultimate aim of improving standards of liver care to all people affected by liver disease.
The BLNA, also promises to continue to maintain and develop strong links with all those professional and charitable groups, locally, nationally and internationally. We look forward to working with you all, in the future.
Fiona Fry and Michelle Clayton.
BASL Nurse Travel Bursary - BASL Annual Meeting and Nurses Day - September 2017
There are 25 nurse travel bursaries available to attend the BASL Annual Meeting and Nurses Day which is taking place from 20th - 22nd September 2017 at Warwick University, Coventry.
To apply for a bursary you must be a member of the BASL Nurse Forum and submit an electronic and a paper copy of the Application Form by 17:00 on Friday 30th June 2017.
Full details can be found in the Guidance Document below and you must apply on the Application Form, also downloadable below:
If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
BJN Awards 2017 - Winners
Congratulations to the liver nurses who were shortlisted at the BJN Awards for the Hepatology/Liver Nurse Award:
1st place: Tara Rees
Tara developed a nurse-led paracentesis service for patients with advanced liver disease and has shared her protocols across Wales.
2nd place: Linda Porter and Sarah Tarff
Linda and Sarah provide an innovative community HCV clinic that has allowed for contact and treatment of a large and hitherto poorly served and socially disadvantaged population with significant disease burden and largely preventable health-economic impact to the wider NHS.
3rd place: Michelle Clayton
Michelle has recently been approached as one of only seven nurses in Europe to set up a Concerted Action Group for the European Association of the Study of the Liver.
Photos of the event can be viewed > here.
BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results
BASLNF and BLNF Merger – Survey Results
A big thank you to all those who completed the recent survey regarding the proposed merger of the BASLNF with the BLNF. We now have the results and I can confirm that 100% of those who completed the survey support the merger.
In the next few weeks I will be back in touch with more details on the timelines for the merger, including the priorities for the new group; launch dates and membership details. I will ensure that this is all as seamless as possible.
The survey has given us a lot of ideas on areas where we need to be focusing on in the future and as always I welcome your input and suggestions.
Guidelines for Nurses - new free digital resource
A new free digital resource called Guidelines for Nurses is available and delivers content that includes guideline summaries, feature articles, and educational resources to help with CPD and revalidation. The resource is available as an app and online.
The app is available to download from the Guidelines for Nurses website for an annual subscription fee of £49.99 HOWEVER access to the content on the app is FREE to all UK-based nurses who register for free on the website first.
Guidelines for Nurses includes a resource centre focussed on liver disease, and one of our most popular pieces of content is the NICE guideline on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
To register on the Guidelines for Nurses website > click here.
Enter the 2017 BJN Awards today - nominations close on 12 December 2016
Enter the 2017 BJN Awards today!
The BJN Hepatology/Liver Nurse of the Year award will recognise nurses who care for and treat very unwell patients with a range of life-altering conditions and diseases. The important work within this specialty should be recognised and any nurse who has made a special impact on hepatology/liver nursing should apply or be nominated.
Many people's lives are touched by these conditions and diseases, and whether they practice in hospitals or the community, nurses will find themselves caring at some stage for such patients.
This Award will recognise an individual or team who have made a demonstrable improvement to the delivery of excellent patient care.
Entries close on 12 December 2016 so nominate a colleague today by visitng the BJN website by clicking here.
NURSES TRAVEL BURSARY 2016
NURSES TRAVEL BURSARY 2016
We are delighted to announce that AbbVie UK Ltd is offering 30 bursaries to support nurses attending the BASL Annual Meeting 2016. This will be open to all Nurses in the UK, both members and non-members of the BASL Nurse Forum.
The bursary application deadline is Friday 10th June 2016.
By Monday 27th June you will be advised of the status of your submission and the deadline for confirmation of acceptance is Monday 4th July.
Please email a copy of your application form to email@example.com AND post the original signed copy to: BASL Secretariat c/o Executive Business Support Ltd, City Wharf, Davidson Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9DZ.
BASL must receive your application (both hardcopy and email) by the deadline of Friday 10th June. You can download further information below:
This travel bursary is funded by AbbVie Ltd, however, AbbVie Ltd have no involvement in the selection of the recipients of the bursary. Details regarding the application and review process for the scholarships can be found as part of these Guidance Notes.
Join BASL Ward Membership Today
BASL Nurse Forum Ward Membership is here, join today:
- £100 per annum for up to 5 members per ward
- Names of up to 5 ward members can be added at any point in the same membership year, up to the max of 5
- Ward member names can be updated annually
- Ward member benefits include; access to the Nurse e-learning toolkits on the BASL website, reduced fees at BASL Events including the Nurses Day at the Annual Meeting in September, and BASL member e-newsletters
- Payments can be made by invoice.
Sign up your Ward today by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A main point of contact for the Ward is required who will be contacted by the BASL Secretariat to obtain further details to set up the Ward Membership.
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