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Now with over 4,500 members from all over the world, EASL is an influential international organisation. It attracts the foremost hepatology experts as members and has an impressive track record in promoting research in liver disease, supporting wider education, and promoting changes in European liver policy.

Leadership & Governance

Nurse and AHPs Task Force

EASL recognises the role of nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in leading initiatives to improve education, standards, and ultimately the care for patients with liver disease. In early 2016, a special Nurse membership was initiated. The Nurses Task Force met for the first time during ILC 2016 in Amsterdam and has continued actively working on several initiatives.

Dr Jean-Charles Nault is the Governing Board representative at the Nurses and AHPs Task Force.


Objectives of the group

  • Work collaboratively on the agendas of research and quality; develop links with affiliated liver nursing forums, committees, and societies across Europe
  • Develop programmes, including the Nurses and AHPs Forum at ILC, intended to benefit nurses
  • Work jointly with the EASL Office to have a sustainable membership programme for nurses and AHPs
  • Collaborate in strengthening liver nursing across Europe, with joint funding and links to ongoing medical projects
  • Work together to raise and improve the experience of care, and to deliver quality service that is measurable and transparent to people with liver disease and their families

When and where does the Nurses and AHPs Task Force meet?

The group meets twice a year, once at the International Liver Congress™ and again at the EASL Office, to plan and organise its activities.

For more information on the Task Force or to ask a question, please contact us at nurses@easloffice.eu

Definition of AHPs

Allied health encompasses a broad group of health professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases; promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings. (Source: Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions).

The following professions (non-exhaustive list) can be included under the AHP category:

  • Dieticians,
  • Physiotherapists,
  • Pharmacists,
  • Clinical psychologists,
  • Radiographers,
  • Orthoptists,
  • Occupational therapists,
  • Paramedics,
  • Study coordinators/ Study nurses,
  • Laboratory assistants,
  • Physician’s assistants on case management (clinic),
  • Pathology assistants,
  • Assistants of geriatric care,
  • Medical Social Workers.

Read the Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) Task Force Terms of Reference

Find out more about the Nurses and AHPs activities.


Dr Palle Bager

Aarhus, Denmark

Dr Nuria Fabrellas

Barcelona, Spain

Kathryn Jack

Nottingham, UK

Dr Patrizia Künzler-Heule

St.Gallen, Switzerland

Jennifer Towey

Birmingham, UK

Felicity Williams

Birmingham, UK
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