HCV Action good practice case study: HCV Management Model in Cornwall

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Dec 2014 by HCV Action
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The hepatitis C management model that has been developed in recent years in Cornwall provides an integrated model of care for people with hepatitis C in the county, incorporating partnerships between hospital-based hepatology and drug and alcohol services and spanning testing, treatment and care. Since 2008, the model has incorporated and facilitated community-based treatment, leading to a significant increase in the number of at-risk individuals tested for hepatitis C; a significant reduction in Did Not Attend (DNA) rates, and a marked increase in the number of people in Cornwall accessing HCV treatment. This written case-study provides an overview of how the model has developed, including the introduction of a roaming treatment service across the county, led by Helen Hampton, an Addaction nurse. It serves as an excellent example of how NHS providers can work together with third sector providers to develop a regional hepatitis C management model which is fully cognisant of the often-complex needs of people with hepatitis C, and which works in an innovative way to address these needs.
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UK, England, South West