Welcome to the resource library, where you can find strategy, research and examples of promising practice in medicine, commissioning and drug services for hepatitis C
Good practice case study: South West Peer-to-Peer Education
In 2014, Addaction and The Hepatitis C Trust, supported by AbbVie, formed a partnership through which the two organisations worked together to support people with a history of injecting drug use into the hepatitis C care pathway. The partnership project adopted three key interventions; peer-to-peer education, a buddying scheme, and a workforce development programme. An external evaluation was conducted on all three elements of the project (with the report available here). This case study summarises the findings of the peer-to-peer education intervention.UK, England, South West Apr 2017 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
Hepatitis C Commissioning Toolkit
The Hepatitis C Commissioning Toolkit, an update to the original toolkit published in September 2013, sets out key commissioning responsibilities, with the intention of bringing clarity to an often highly fragmented commissioning landscape. The toolkit is also intended to aide commissioners in commissioning cost-effective services which are tailored to the needs of people with hepatitis C, by setting out how to ensure a clear, connected and properly funded hepatitis C care pathway, as well as providing good practice examples.England Case study, Tools & Templates, Strategy & Planning PDF
Good practice case study: ROADS @ Bristol Drugs Project
This HCV Action good practice case study looks at the work done by ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service) @ Bristol Drugs Project. When ROADS took over the service in November 2013, under 12% of clients assessed as appropriate to be tested for hepatitis C went on to actually be tested. Bristol ROADS made a concerted effort to increase the number of people receiving hepatitis C tests by better coordinating services and finding ways to address the complications that prevented people who had agreed to be tested for hepatitis C from actually receiving the test.UK, South West Case study PDF
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
HCV Action good practice case study: Outreach service in Newcastle
This HCV Action good practice case study looks at an outreach service that has been developed in Newcastle. Based at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, the service delivers three outreach centres in locations across the north east region. Prior to the outreach service, hospital attendance at new hepatitis C patient appointments was less than 50%. The service has resulted in attendance rates of 75%, an increase in the numbers of people being treated, and comparable Sustainable Virological Response (SVR) rates as hospital-based treatment.North East, UK, England Jul 2016 Case study PDF
HCV Action good practice case study: Waverley Care Self Management Programme
This good practice case study looks at the Waverley Care Self Management Programme. The programme involves the delivery of workshops to people with hepatitis C, which focus on issues such as self-identity, confidence, self-esteem, goal setting and problem solving, with the aim of supporting people with hepatitis C to make informed choices regarding their lifestyle choices and improve the knowledge that they have of their condition.
The case study explains details why the programme was established, how it works, and the outcomes that it has achieved.UK, Scotland Apr 2016 Case study PDF
HCV Action good practice case study: Positive Help support services
This good practice case study looks at the support services offered to people with hepatitis C in the Lothians by Positive Help. These services include a transport service which allows service users to attend appointments and stay engaged in the care pathway, as well as a service providing domestic help in service users' homes.
This case study details why the services were established, how they work, and the outcomes that they have achieved.UK, Scotland Apr 2016 Case study PDF
HCV Action good practice case study: Outreach fibroscanning and testing by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Many people with hepatitis C who access drug and alcohol services face barriers to accessing secondary care. In order to enable this group to have access to specialist services in an environment in which they felt comfortable, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust developed a bespoke outreach fibroscan and testing service for the assessment of hepatitis C and liver disease. The service has operated in drug and alcohol services and homeless hostels, targeting people who may find it otherwise difficult to access secondary care.UK, Greater London Dec 2015 Case study PDF
HCV Action good practice case study: Peer to Peer Hepatitis C Mentoring in Hampshire
A hepatitis C peer to peer (P2P) mentoring project established in 2012, in partnership with The Hepatitis C Trust, in order to engage with and support people who have, or may be at risk from, hepatitis C. As an extension of the project, in 2014 a series of testing events were held in order to both raise awareness of hepatitis C among people at risk, and also to increase the numbers of people tested, with mentors playing a key role in ensuring that those being engaged with were fully supported throughout.UK, England, South East Dec 2015 Case study PDF