On Friday 10th February 2017, HCV Action and NHS England held a Midlands & East Hepatitis C Educational Event in Nottingham. With hepatitis C Operational Delivery Networks (ODNs) still relatively new in operation, the event was held with the aim of offering the chance for ODNs across the Midlands and East region to come together to discuss their experiences, share best practice and develop solutions to some of the challenges they face as they seek to ensure the highest standards of hepatitis C care and treatment.
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.