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The British Liver Trust is the leading UK liver disease charity for adults – we provide information and support, fund and champion research and campaign for better services for people at risk of, living with and affected by liver disease.
The ‘silent’ nature of the disease means that currently three quarters of people are not detected until they present with end stage liver disease in hospital; by this time the scope for treatment is substantially reduced and for some it is too late. Some liver conditions are genetic or caused by autoimmune problems, however over 90% of liver disease is preventable and the huge increase in the numbers with liver disease in the UK are primarily due to rising rates of obesity and increases in alcohol consumption. The Trust is committed to supporting everyone with liver disease, whatever the cause. The earliest possible diagnosis and best care is vital for everyone affected. We also need to reduce the stigma associated with the condition.
The British Liver Trust has therefore set the strategic foci of:
>supporting those affected by liver disease
>raising awareness of how liver disease can be prevented
>promoting early detection of those with a problem
>campaigning for better and more equitable services
>supporting patient focussed research
The Trust undertakes a range of services in support of these goals and details of these can be found on the charity’s website.
This is a hugely exciting time to consider joining the British Liver Trust Board. Our organisation is not large, but we are well respected externally. Public awareness of liver disease is increasing, not least because of our high profile media activity. We are looking for up to three trustees to build on this momentum and to strengthen our organisation to bring about much needed change for people affected and at risk of liver disease.
While we welcome applications from all backgrounds, we would be particularly interested to hear from individuals with charity legal or financial experience, strategic marketing or communications experience, those with lived experience of liver disease, those with health policy and political campaigning skills and those having networks of influential contacts who would be able to support the British Liver Trust.