Caring for people with liver disease: a competence framework for nursing


Feb 2013 by Royal College of Nursing / NHS Liver Care

Nurses are key to the prevention of liver disease. Nurses in every area of clinical practice can identify and signpost individuals at risk, for example by screening for hepatitis B and C, excess alcohol consumption and obesity, and helping patients to make informed choices through health promotion and education.

The National Liver Disease Strategy for England identified the need for a framework to ensure patients with liver diseases or risk factors were recognised. This document encapsulates the requirements and professional standards which will help nurses to provide quality liver care and improve outcomes.  It is an essential document for all nurses whatever their clinical background and setting, providing a framework on which skills, knowledge and understanding can be assessed.