On 17th May 2016, HCV Action and Public Health England (PHE) staged a hepatitis C good practice roadshow in Newcastle. The event was designed to showcase and share best practice in the prevention, diagnosis, testing and treatment of hepatitis C, and identify specific issues and potential solutions for tackling hepatitis C in Newcastle and the wider north east region.
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.