This report provides a summary of the good practice hepatitis C roadshow held by HCV Action and Public Health England in Newcastle on 17th May 2016. The roadshow was aimed at sharing good practice around hepatitis C and instigating local action to address the virus. The report includes summaries of the talks and workshops held on the day, as well as suggested next steps to be taken in order to tackle hepatitis C more effectively in Newcastle and the wider north east area.
Scottish Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2015 - 2020
The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework, published by the Scottish Government, drives hepatitis C strategy in Scotland. The 2011 - 2015 version of the Framework led to significant improvements in the way in which the virus was managed in Scotland, and the new incarnation of the Framework seeks to sustain and build upon this progress. Specific commitments include the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health concern; the introduction of opt-out testing to Scottish prisons; an evaluation of a possible population-based case-finding approach (either age-cohort screening or screening in high prevalence areas), and treating at least 1500 people per year for the next five years. The Framework also sets out which groups of patients should receive priority access to new hepatitis C treatments.