Press Release

01 May 2013

A national and innovative competence framework, Caring for people with liver disease: a competence framework for nursing has been launched by the Royal College of Nursing and the NHS.

Author of the framework, Dr Kim Manley, Co-Director of the England Centre for Practice Development, based at Canterbury Christ Church University, worked with senior nurses with expertise in caring for people with Liver Disease to develop this resource.

The framework describes the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to deliver person centred liver care.

The work has been supported by a range of key stakeholders including professional representatives from the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), British Liver Trust (BLT), The Hepatitis C Trust, British Association for the Study of the Liver Nurses Forum (BASLNF) and the British Liver Nurses Forum (BLNF).

Nurses and other health professionals will use the framework to help them to identify individuals at risk of liver disease, promote healthy livers and lifestyle as well as care for individuals with existing liver disease.

Carrie Jackson, Head of the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies at Christ Church, and Director of the ECPD, said: “Competence frameworks are focused on outcomes and are an indispensable tool for those commissioning, managing and developing the workforce. They inform the development of education and training programmes as well as assessment strategies, all of which are going to be vital in implementing the National Liver Disease Strategy.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University 

  • Liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in the United Kingdom
  • There are three types of major liver disease; alcohol, hepatitis B and C and obesity.
  • Nurses can make an impact on patients suffering with liver disease by informing and educating them about healthy life choices.

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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