Modifying the progression of liver disease through changing pathways for early diagnosis and lifestyle change

Theme 4

Public Health and Primary Care

The problem:
Early deaths from liver disease in the UK continue to increase dramatically. Younger people are particularly affected. Liver disease is often considered as ‘alcoholic’ or ‘non-alcoholic’ but the reality is that many factors interact to make a person at risk of liver disease. Current pathways in to care for patients are determined by alcohol intake and this may mean some patients are not getting the care they need.

The solution:
• Analysis of big data to understand patient flows through current care pathways and to learn more about people who are at risk of liver disease.
• Work with primary care to understand how GPs are using care pathways and how this could be improved.
• Work with primary care, secondary care and CCGs to modify pathways in to care as needed.

Expected outcome:
• Clarity for GPs on combined effect of multiple risk factors for liver disease, to help identify those at risk of liver disease early.
• Modification of pathways in to care, improving patient experience and outcomes. Simplifying referral process for GPs.
• Savings to the NHS through better early detection of liver disease and appropriate, low cost lifestyle interventions.

Kate Glyn-Owen explains her work:


Kate Glyn-Owen from NIHR CLAHRC Wessex on Vimeo.

Back to theme > Contact us

Kate Glyn-Owen


University of Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care NHS Trust

NHS West Hampshire CCG

NHS Southampton City CCG

NHS Portsmouth CCG

NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham CCG

NHS North Hampshire CCG

NHS South Eastern Hampshire CCG

NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG

NHS Isle of Wight CCG