North West Archives - British Liver Trust

AIH Support (national)

Online forum for anyone affected by AIH
Ann Brownlee

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Haemochromatosis Support Group
Marguerite Smith
0776 804 2802

Haemochromatosis UK
Advice line: 03030 401102

Hep C Trust

The Hepatitis C Trust no longer run support groups but have a UK national helpline, staffed solely by people who have had experience of living with hepatitis C.   They are open from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm, on 020 7089 6221 or by email to

In addition to this, they also run a Freephone national helpline specifically for prisoners to access information and support on 0800 999 2052

Office: 020 7089 6220

ICP Support (national)

Provides support and information on ICP via moderated social media groups and a telephone support line.

Manchester Royal Infirmary Liver Patients Support Group

Meets at Manchester Royal Infirmary, M13 9WL
Esther Pears
0161 276 8772

PBC Foundation (national)

PBC Foundation
0131 556 6811

PSC Support (national)

Information, research and support for anyone affected by PSC
Helpline: 01235 253545

RLUBH Liver Support

Meets 4th Monday of each month in the Gastroenterology Lecture Theatre (opposite clinic L)  6.15-7.30pm
Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital Liver Support
Jayne Wilkie

R-Space Recovery Group Liverpool

Help and support for people in recovery or who want to achieve or maintain their abstinence or sobriety. R-Space helps people overcome isolation and unhealthy living practice.
Meetings in north Liverpool (L11) and south Liverpool (L18) on a weekly basis.

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What is a CCG or ICS?

CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) were established as part of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012. They are groups of general practices, which come together in each area to commission the best services for their patients and population.

ICS (Integrated Care Systems) are new partnerships between the organisations that meet health and care needs across an area, to coordinate services and to plan in a way that improves population health and reduces inequalities between different groups. ICS will replace Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) by April 2022 and cover a wider geographic area than CCGs.

Devolved nations – health is primarily a devolved matter across the four nations which make up the UK. Among these variations are differing regional structures, Scotland and Wales have Health Boards, England have CCGs (currently being superseded by Integrated Care Systems) and Northern Ireland has Health and Social Care Trusts.

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