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Alcohol Care Team

Our Alcohol Care Team

Elaine is our alcohol care team lead here at the Royal Liverpool Hospital as part of Liverpool University Foundation Trust.


Elaine qualified as a general nurse in 2001 and has a wealth of experience in both primary and secondary care. In 2005 Elaine completed the Specialist Practitioner Degree in community nursing and began working in addiction services in Wirral in 2005.  Elaine has a passion for working with this patient group and joined our alcohol care team here at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in 2015 as a clinical nurse specialist providing assessment, implementation and ongoing care for our patients where alcohol is impacting on their lives.  

Elaine facilitates community clinics and assessment for detoxification within the acute hospital setting, working collaboratively with community agencies to ensure patients receive a streamlined approach to care. 


Gillian is an Alcohol Specialist nurse, and has been performing this role since she was promoted from Alcohol Support Nurse 5 years ago. Gillian originally came to the alcohol service 7 years ago when she was seconded, whilst working as a nurse on a gastroenterology ward at Aintree University Hospital. Gillian’s day to day role comprises of assessing patients either as an inpatient or as an out-patient in one of the many alcohol clinics; this can be in hospital, community or via telephone.  She see’s patients in numerous settings with in the hospital; AED, AMU, Majors or the Wards. Part of her every day role would be to assess patients suitability for an ambulatory detox, signposting patients to other services, and takes the lead on the ARBI, she performs MOCA’s and offers support to families who have concerns on their patients’ health and well-being.



Caroline is an Alcohol Specialist Nurse within the Alcohol Care Team. Caroline has worked in the team for 3 years and has been working in addiction services for 14 years. Caroline's day to day role involves supporting and assessing patients whom are both an in-patient or who attend the out-patient clinics. Detox assessments, Medication assessments, signposting to further support services and advice and guidance are all part of Caroline's role on a daily basis. She enjoys helping her patients to achieve their goals.

Andrew O’Sullivan is one of the Alcohol Specialist Nurses in the Royal Liverpool hospital working in hepatology. He completed his  nurse training in Liverpool and joined the team in 2018.


His main roles include assessing and reviewing patients presenting to A&E with alcohol related issues as well as seeing hospital based referrals. He works closely with the other members of the alcohol care team to support outpatient clinics and telephone services. He has been involved in numerous hepatology improvement services including liver scanning  A&E patients as well as assisting with the development of withdrawal regimes for patients with liver disease. He has a special interest in education & training and the management of patients withdrawal treatments in the presence of advanced liver disease.  He also works closely with the members of the safeguarding services as the safeguarding link nurse for alcohol.

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