Liz Farrington, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Hepatology, Honorary clinical fellow, Plymouth University

Liz Farrington qualified in 1995 with a BSc in Nursing Studies and went on to work in a variety of hospitals around the UK, predominantly in GI surgery. Liz developed a specific interest in Hepatology whilst working in New Zealand with patients undergoing hepatic surgery and, on moving to Cornwall in 2003, started working with Hepatitis C treatment patients as a specialist nurse. In 2006 she completed an MSc in Advanced Healthcare Practice and in 2009 qualified as an independent nurse prescriber.

This has allowed Liz to develop her practice as an advanced nurse practitioner, working autonomously with patients with a variety of hepatological conditions, many of whom are undiagnosed. She is an independent referrer for radiological and endoscopic procedures and fully trained in the performance of ultrasound guided percutaneous liver biopsy.

Liz is passionate about liver disease and works closely with the Department of Health, Royal College of Nursing and British Liver Trust to enhance awareness and understanding of the disorder, whilst focusing on strategic developments to ensure quality and equity in healthcare delivery. She is an editorial board member for Gastrointestinal Nursing Journal liver supplement and in 2014 was acknowledged for her contribution to the Lancet publication addressing the liver disease crisis in the UK.

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