Hepatobiliary and pancreas


This Lead and Inform Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers:

  • The management of people with serious complications of cirrhosis (about 3,000 cases each year).
  • Services for people with complex liver, biliary and pancreatic surgery (about 5,000 cases each year).
  • This CRG works with the infectious diseases CRG on services for Hepatitis C (about 10,000 treatments each year).
  • This CRG will work closely with the Cancer Programme of Care regarding surgery for HPB cancers.


  • Chair: Dr Richard Aspinall, National Speciality Advisor
  • Yasmin Stammers, Lead Commissioner
  • Paula Ghaneh, Clinical Member
  • Ajith Siriwardena, Clinical Member
  • Douglas Thorburn, Clinical Member
  • Sital Shah, Pharmacy member
  • Angeline Walker, Public Health Lead
  • Eric Martlew, Patient and Public Voice representative
  • Robert Mitchell-Thain, Patient and Public Voice representative
  • Patient and Public Voice representative – TBA


  • Rebecca Jones, British Association for the Study of the Liver
  • Dr Lynsey Corless, British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Dr Coral Hollywood, British Society of Gastroenterology


A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.

Service specifications

Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.

The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG:


Policy statements are brief documents that define the current commissioning position to support service contracting.

The following policy statements fall within the scope of this CRG:


Not routinely commissioned:

Policy statements

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