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To encourage professional development and to boost engagement among peers across Europe, EASL’s Nurses and AHPs Task Force has created this liver disease learning centre providing the latest educational resources and a series of interactive development activities. Our aims include:

  • offering education in an alternative format that reflects current challenges for education provision
  • encouraging engagement and fostering links within the community
  • serving as a vehicle for inter-country discussion of practice and learning from one another

Join us on this new educational project. Bookmark this page, check it for updates frequently, and share it with your colleagues so that we can grow together. Create your My EASL profile to receive the latest news. 

Stay tuned for our series of inter-professional open-access webinars. 

Call for nominations for two new Nurses and AHPs Task Force members

Are you supporting and advancing care for people with liver disease through clinical excellence or research? Are you ready to shape the educational/research and clinical priorities of EASL’s Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Task Force?

Since it was founded in 2016, the Nurses and AHPs Task Force has grown from strength to strength. EASL is now calling for nominations for two new members for this Task Force. The term for these members is from the International Liver Congress (ILC) 2021 (end-June 2021) to ILC 2024.

Please note:

  • the candidate must be living in a European country, as defined by the World Health Organization 
  • the candidate must be an EASL member when applying
  • particular attention will be paid to male candidates to maintain gender balance in the Task Force, in accordance with the EASL equality, diversity, and inclusion policy statement
  • particular attention will be paid to AHP candidates (as defined and listed by the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions)
  • the candidates from the following countries will not be given priority this call, as they are already represented in the Task Force: Denmark, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

The call is open from 18 December 2020 to 15 March 2021

Your application should include:

  • a letter of motivation and your goals in joining the Task Force
  • an updated CV
  • a summary of your career achievements to date (including any publications, research, service delivery, clinical excellence, national or strategic working)
  • the completed application form

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 22 March 2021.

Please download the submission form here below and send your completed application to patricia.pochelon@easloffice.eu with the subject line: EASL Nurses and AHPs Task Force

Application

You are welcome to consult the EASL equality, diversity, and inclusion policy statement, as well as the Terms of Reference for the Nurses and AHPs Task Force.

EASL Nurses & AHPs webinar series

Watch the archived webinar

Topic: Sarcopenia in chronic liver disease
Recorded: 8-9.30 pm CET, Thursday, 12 Nov 2020

Learning objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the pathophysiology of sarcopenia and the impact this has on people with CLD
  • To review methods to assess sarcopenia, the evidence for these methods, and their clinical usefulness
  • To review the effectiveness of exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle adjustments in the management of sarcopenia
  • To discuss the practicalities and barriers to implementing strategies within the clinical setting

This was a very interactive webinar, with group discussions, feedback from groups, break-out sessions, and open debates.

A Certificate of Attendance is provided. Participants can add this certificate to their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio.

Digital ILC 2020 Takeaways – Nurses and AHPs

This episode sets the spotlight on the Nurses’ and Allied Health Professionals Forum at Digital ILC 2020. We are joined by three members of the EASL Nurse and AHPs Task Force – Neus Llarch, Palle Bager, and Felicity Williams – for a discussion of the nursing and allied health profession’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Task Force’s achievements this year.

The panel gave their personal highlights from the congress, with a particular focus on the well-received symposium on behaviour change. They also reviewed important contributions from the posters, oral presentations, and meet-the-expert sessions, with topics including a home-based care pathway for the stratified treatment of HCV infection, the impact of oral health on liver cirrhosis, the impact of patient empowerment on the management of post-embolisation syndrome, and how the addition of a palliative care nurse to the liver care team can improve outcomes.

Nurses & AHPs during ILC

Hepatology nurses and AHPs play an important role before and during the International Liver Congress™.  They have an entire day dedicated to them, including the Nurses & AHPs Forum, poster tours, and oral presentations. EASL’s Nurses and AHPs Task Force will be chairing a large part of the events on this day, so it will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet and interact with them.

Keep an eye on this page, the dedicated programme for ILC 2021 will be announced soon.

Digital ILC 2020

Discover the educational resources and the presentations from the Nurses and AHPs day at Digital ILC 2020.

(Re)watch the on-demand sessions here.

A look back at ILC 2019

Discover the scientific highlights of the International Liver Congress™ 2019 for Neus Llarch, Senior Nurse and member of the EASL Nurses and AHPs Task Force.

(Re)watch the Nurses & AHPs Forum webcasts from ILC 2019 here.

2020: Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in recognition of the contributions they make, and the risks associated with nursing shortages. Through 2020, nurses will be honoured worldwide. In addition, every year we celebrate International Nurses’ Day on 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). She was a British nurse, social reformer, and statistician, and is known as the founder of modern nursing.

Meet the dynamic, versatile, and dedicated members of the EASL Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Task Force. Hear their views on what this commemorative year brings us and means to them.

Meet the Nurses & 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 and AHPs Task Force met for the first time during ILC 2016 has continued to actively work on several initiatives.

EASL Viewpoints - Nurses testimonials

EASL Viewpoints are testimonials, interviews, and videos from healthcare professionals sharing what life is like on the frontlines. In their testimonials, liver nurses tell how their working life is affected by COVID-19 and what might be to come.

To honour International Nurses’ Day, we interviewed Liver Nurse Educator at the Leeds Liver Unit and Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Leeds, Michelle Clayton. Additionally, Miss Clayton is a pioneer leader in hepatology nursing, and is the chair of EASL’s Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Task Force.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hepatology nurse Pamela Ballotta, from the Multivisceral Transplant Unit and Unit of Gastroenterology, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova, Italy, describes how she and her nursing peers are adopting rigorous practices to carry forward.

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