About YHLN

The Yorkshire and the Humber Liver Network has its origins in an inaugural network meeting in October 2007. Originally the West Yorkshire Hepatology Network, this first meeting included representation from outside the boundaries of West Yorkshire in Hull, Harrogate and York and in 2010 the organisation was renamed the West and East Yorkshire Hepatology Network. As the network continues to develop, a suggestion for name change was made in May 2012 and the name changed to the Yorkshire and the Humber Liver Network later that year. Co-incident with this, the network has expanded to include acute hospital trusts in South Yorkshire.

The network was originally founded as a forum for sharing knowledge and practice, developing guidance and strengthening links between specialists in secondary care gastroenterology and hepatology services and with the supra-regional unit in Leeds for the benefit of better care for patients with liver disease around the region. The early meetings had a programme that included a mix of educational activity, shared experiences of service delivery and review of difficult or interesting case studies. This small group also benefited from the opportunity to talk to other professionals about the growing problem of liver disease in our region during the breaks. The network meetings have been dominated over the years by the “big 4” – fatty liver, alcohol, hepatitis C and hepatitis B, but we have also run a joint symposium with the Leeds Liver Transplant Unit for the wider network, and looked at some of the less common conditions.

In 2011 the network was approached by the National Liver Strategy team at the Department of Health to pilot a development of the network into primary care. As the number of deaths from liver disease in the UK continue to rise rapidly, particularly in the North of England, earlier recognition, prevention and treatment of liver disease is essential. (See Network Projects)

We are aiming for an integrated liver network which leads to effective partnerships between primary and secondary care and will

• increase early diagnosis of treatable and preventable liver disease,

• allow the development of local pathways for liver services,

• inform commissioners of service needs for patients with liver disease,

• identify regional standards in the management of liver disease,

• identify service standards for healthcare providers in liver disease, 

• foster good communication between primary and secondary care and

• facilitate patient focussed care for liver disease in primary care.

For any enquiries about the network, how to get involved or how it could help you if you are a service
commissioner please contact us at enquiries@yhln.org.uk

 

Dr Rebecca Jones
(Chair)

 Dr Sulleman Moreea
(Co-chair)