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RCN Foundation - new educational funding opportunity now open
News Type: Nurse News

The RCN Foundation NHS Education Fund supports the education and training of nurses, midwives and health care support workers working within the NHS from all corners of the UK.

Any individual working in an NHS nursing or midwifery team can apply.

Grants of up to £1,600 will be awarded to cover the cost of a wide range of educational courses. This might include for example, postgraduate modules, clinically-focused courses and shorter training courses.

Details about how to apply for the grant can be found by clicking here .

The fund opened for applications on Monday 7 March 2022 and will be reviewed on Tuesday 19 April.

RCN FOUNDATION Education Grants Now Open
News Type: Nurse News

The RCN Foundation has opened its spring round of education and career development grants. These grants aim to support those involved in nursing and midwifery to develop their careers and improve the care they give to patients. Grants can be used to undertake undergraduate degrees, postgraduate qualifications and professional training.

The RCN Foundation is an independent charity, and nursing and midwifery staff do not have to be an RCN member to receive their support.  The education grants are for up to £5,000 and open to nurses, nursing associates, midwives and health care support workers who will begin their study between 01 September 2021 and 01 September 2022. Applications close on 31 May 2021.

The RCN Foundation Education Grants are available online at 

Enter the 2018 BJN Awards today - Hepatology/Liver Nurse Category - closes on 19 November 2018
News Type: Nurse News

Enter the 2018 BJN Awards today!

The British Journal of Nursing is delighted to welcome nominations into the BJN Awards 2019. A showcase of nursing excellence, the BJN Awards recognise and celebrate the individuals going above and beyond in delivering their care.

The nurse who goes above and beyond. The nurse who puts patient care at the heart of their role. The nurse who inspires you. The nurse who drives the profession. The nurse who deserves to be celebrated. We all know that nurse.

Please nominate for the Hepatology / Liver Nurse of the year category

By nominating that nurse, you will not only be gaining them the recognition and reward they deserve, you will be doing your part to highlight the critical contribution nursing makes to healthcare.

Entries close on 19 November 2018 so nominate a colleague today by visitng the BJN website by clicking > here.

Join the editorial board of Gastrointestinal Nursing’s Liver Nursing Supplement
News Type: Nurse News

Gastrointestinal Nursing’s Liver Nursing Supplement is looking for a new member of its editorial board. Members of the board play a vital role in the success of the supplement by offering their expertise to review the quality and relevance of its content to readers. They advise the editor on article ideas, potential authors and the strategic direction of the journal.

Gastrointestinal Nursing is the foremost clinical journal for nurses working in hepatology, gastroenterology and stoma care, publishing research, reviews, case studies and opinion on patient care and professional development.

If you are interested in joining the editorial board, do have a look at the formal role description here;  Download GIN Liver Nursing Supplement RD.pdf 

To apply, send an email to Benjamin Wakefield. with a little information about your present role and areas of expertise. You can also mention any relevant organisations you belong to, talks you have given or work you have published. Applicants will be chosen based on how well their expertise fits any gaps in the existing members’ knowledge base.

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2018. 

BLNA News - Shared Care Liver Project (SCLP) - Showcase Event Report
News Type: Nurse News

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
News Type: Nurse News

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.

Kind regards,

Fiona Fry and Michelle Clayton.
Co-chairs BLNA

BASL Nurse Travel Bursary - BASL Annual Meeting and Nurses Day - September 2017
News Type: Nurse News

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:

Download BASLNurseBursaryGuidanceDocument_2017.pdf

Download BASLNurseBursaryApplicationForm_2017.pdf

If you have any questions please contact .

BJN Awards 2017 - Winners
News Type: Nurse News

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
News Type: Nurse News

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
News Type: Nurse News

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.