UK Department of Health appoints new National Clinical Director for liver disease

Leadership in Health Services

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Article publication date: 4 May 2010




(2010), "UK Department of Health appoints new National Clinical Director for liver disease", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 23 No. 2.



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UK Department of Health appoints new National Clinical Director for liver disease

Article Type: News and views From: Leadership in Health Services, Volume 23, Issue 2

Keywords: Public healthcare, National health directives, Clinical leadership

Dr Martin Lombard has been appointed the first National Clinical Director for liver disease the Department of Health has announced.

Dr Lombard, a Consultant Hepatologist at Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust will take up this new role straight away, leading the development of a National Liver Strategy for England. The strategy will bring together NHS services and builds on the Department’s commitment to tackle the growing levels of liver disease.

Liver disease is now one of the most common causes of death in England and if action is not taken to combat the disease, it could overtake stroke and coronary heart disease as a cause of death within the next 10-20 years. The growth in liver disease is largely fuelled by lifestyle factors such as excessive drinking, risk taking behaviour leading to transmission of Hepatitis C, and obesity and could easily be prevented.

Health Minister Ann Keen said:

Liver disease is the only one of the top causes of death in this country which is affecting more people every year at an increasingly young age. We know that by identifying people earlier, encouraging them to change their behaviour and making sure the right services are in place, we can improve the quality of care and prevent the rise in this disease.

Dr Lombard is a highly-respected clinical expert in this field and I am pleased to welcome him to the Department to lead our National Liver Strategy.

I am confident that Dr Lombard will build on the work already underway to make a real difference for patients and for the healthcare staff working in this area.

Dr Lombard said:

I’m delighted to be able to take up this very important role. Liver disease is a growing problem for society and for the NHS, with viral hepatitis and obesity starting to catch up with alcohol as root causes of the disease.

I’m looking forward to leading the Department of Health’s work with staff across the NHS, patients and patient groups to develop a National Liver Strategy and provide real advances in the quality of care across this important area of medicine.

Dr Lombard will remain active in clinical medicine and will continue to work part-time at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital NHS Trust.

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