NHS Wales have launched a Delivery Plan setting out their vision for liver disease services.
It identifies that liver services must promote early diagnosis and referral, deliver expert and high standards of care, facilitate self-management and ongoing care, support the availability of quality information and help to target research into the disease.
The Plan is split into six themes:
- Preventing liver disease and promoting liver health
- Timely detection of liver disease
- Fast and effective care
- Living with liver disease
- Improving information
- Targeting research
The specific aim for theme 4 is that people with liver disease are supported to manage their condition. For theme 5 it is that NHS Wales and its partners provide better information and support to people at risk of developing or already suffering with liver disease.
The specific priorities for these themes include:
- Facilitate the strengthening of the co-productive approach to designing services and treatment plans.
- Improve access to specialist dietetic advice and psychological support, especially for patients with cirrhosis and chronic liver failure so that they can better self-manage their condition.
- Encourage each health board to engage community support groups to help patients manage their condition in the community.
- Develop information to increase public awareness of risks factors related to these conditions in a way which is specific and relevant to each of the at risk communities; this work must have as its focus the de-stigmatisation of liver disease and its causes.
Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website here.