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Around half of current injecting drug users will have hepatitis C, although this prevalence rate varies across the country.  Find here tools, resources and other relevant documents to help drugs service staff raise awareness of hepatitis C amongst service users, and improve testing and access to care.

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  • Good practice case study: Community pharmacy testing on the Isle of Wight
    This HCV Action good practice case study looks at a community pharmacy testing pilot on the Isle of Wight. It involved the delivery of blood borne virus testing at 22 community pharmacies from September 2014 - May 2015. Primarily focused on increasing the numbers of people tested and diagnosed for hepatitis C, it trebled the number of tests carried out in community open access settings, and led to a significant increase in the numbers of people being referred to specialist care.

    This case study looks at why the pilot was established, how it operated, and the outcomes that it achieved.
    UK, South West Oct 2016 Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Edinburgh Access Practice outreach service
    This HCV Action good practice case study focuses on Edinburgh Access Practice's outreach service, offering testing and treatment for hepatitis C to the homeless population. In the period from March 2014 to December 2016, of the 80 referrals received, 59 patients attended (70%) and 25 started treatment, compared with typical hospital clinical attendance rates of 30-50%. From January 2017 to June 2018 use of DAAs have enabled a further 52 patients to receive treatment at the EAP over the course of just 18 months.
    UK, Scotland Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Hepatitis C care for homeless individuals in Slough
    This good practice case study, produced by the Turning Point substance misuse service, highlights recent work carried out by nurse and hepatitis C champion Fay Smith in collaboration with colleagues. With previously-homeless individuals accommodated following the Covid-19 outbreak, the opportunity was seized to offer hepatitis C testing and treatment to this cohort.
    South East 17 Aug 2020 Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Intensive testing at HMP Low Newton
    This good practice case study explores how HMP Low Newton micro-eliminated hepatitis C by running an intensive testing weekend in January 2020 which had a phenomenal 99.3% uptake rate.
    UK Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Ipswich NHS Trust prison in-reach
    In August 2015, Ipswich NHS Trust launched an in-reach treatment service in four prisons, seeking to increase the number of inmates receiving treatment for hepatitis C. Despite a number of challenges, clear pathways have been established for engaging patients into treatment, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of prisoners being treated for the virus.
    UK, England, East of England Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: ITTREAT (Integrated community-based Test – stage – TREAT)

    This HCV Action good practice case study summarises a 4-year Integrated Test-stage and TREAT (ITTREAT) community project in Brighton, where a specialist hepatitis nurse was appointed to lead a ‘one-stop’ holistic hepatitis C service - including testing, assessment of liver scarring, education and treatment - within a community-based substance misuse service.

    UK, South East Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Nottingham outreach clinics
    This HCV Action good practice case study looks at the community outreach work done by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Statistics showed that between 2000 and 2002, 256 people were diagnosed with hepatitis C in Nottingham. Of these, just 49% were referred to a specialist clinic, 27% attended and 10% received treatment. During the 2010-12 period, after the establishment of community outreach services in the area, 80% of people diagnosed were referred to a specialist clinic, 70% attended and 38% started treatment.
    UK, East Midlands Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: One Recovery Bucks BBV Pathway
    This good practice case study focuses on the One Recovery Bucks drugs service BBV pathway. Implementation of the pathway has seen the proportion of patients who test positive for hepatitis C going on to access treatment increase from 18% to over 90%.
    UK 10 Jan 2020 Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Oxford Liaison Service outreach
    This HCV Action good practice case study looks at the community outreach work done by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A survey of injecting drug users in the Oxfordshire area to determine levels of hepatitis C testing found that a third of responders had never been tested for hepatitis C. Following the survey results, the Trust established a Liaison Service, training substance misuse staff to test clients for hepatitis C, referring patients to secondary care and, in some cases, treating patients in the community.
    UK, South East Case study PDF
  • Good practice case study: Pop-up hepatitis C testing for people in supported accommodation during the COVID-19 outbreak
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ‘Everyone In’ policy meant that people who would otherwise be homeless were given accommodation in hotels. Surrey Operational Delivery Network, like many other ODNs, used this as an opportunity to engage with this cohort, offering testing and treatment for hepatitis C. This case study details how the team from Royal Surrey County Hospital and The Hepatitis C Trust were able to test people in these hotels and other forms of accommodation.
    UK, England, South East Case study, Strategy & Planning PDF

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