Royal College of Physicians

NHD April 2017; Issue 123

Quality Standards for specialist paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition

The RCPCH has partnered with the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) to develop new standards for paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. The purpose of the Quality Standards is to reduce variation in care, ensuring equitable services are available for all infants, children and young people and to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for children with gastroenterology, liver or intestinal disorders throughout the UK.

The standards will be formally launched at RCPCH Conference during the BSPGHAN symposium on Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 2-5:45pm.

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NHD November 2016: Issue 119


Published October 2016

This has been prepared by the Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party, chaired by Professor Tony Rudd. The working party also supervises the National Audit Programme for Stroke. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have recognised this 2016 edition of the guideline.

This guideline provides a complete overview of stroke care, taking into consideration the whole of the stroke pathway from acute care through to longer-term rehabilitation, including secondary prevention.

Healthy diet and lifestyle recommendations are discussed as part of the secondary preventative measures for stroke, with nutrition and hydration being part of the rehabilitation guidance in the management pathway. Dysphagia and dietary modification are also included. The full guideline can be viewed and downloaded at


Published 13 October 2016

The government recently announced that it would introduce a new Soft Drinks Industry Levy from April 2018. The Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 30 charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups, including the RCP, have put together a response to express its views on the design and implementation of the proposed levy. The OHA believes that a soft drinks levy is a positive measure in tackling the worrying levels of overweight and obesity in the UK. It supports the Government’s proposals to introduce a soft drinks industry levy. Read the full response at