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Change Grow Live’s ground-breaking approach to tackling hepatitis C has achieved a major milestone

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...engage with people who have never accessed hepatitis C treatment and continue to work towards eliminating hepatitis C. ‘It has been such an achievement to see the first hepatitis C...

Gilead Sciences and WDP partner up to eliminate hepatitis C

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WDP and Gilead Sciences have formally partnered for a second time to support sector-wide efforts to eliminate hepatitis C virus (HCV) in drug and alcohol services by the end of...

Countdown to Elimination

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...‘We now have three years to achieve our shared goal of elimination of hepatitis C as a public health issue in London,’ London Joint Working Group (LJWG) co-chair Dr Suman...

WDP and partners shortlisted for HSJ Awards 2022

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...Provider Forum has been nominated for its ‘Hepatitis C Virus Screening in Drug Treatment Services’ initiative, which aims to eliminate hepatitis C from UK drug and alcohol services by the...

Promotional Feature: Hepatitis C and Me

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Kevin Stow, an ex-drug user and previous hepatitis C sufferer shares his experiences and talks about how being cleared of hepatitis C helped give him the momentum to overcome his...

Promotional feature: Stigma: Hepatitis C and drug misuse

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...people living with hepatitis C. It aims to address the stigma that many people with hepatitis C face, encouraging and empowering people living with hepatitis C to access care and...

Survey demonstrates need for improvement of hepatitis C services

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...understanding about hepatitis C care amongst service users ‘I regularly see service users who are partially or substantially ignorant of issues around hepatitis C.’ Drug and alcohol support worker Sixty-six...

Hepatitis C : new hope, old problems

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...while treatment for hepatitis C is changing fast, the eventual impact this will have on the societal burden of hepatitis C may be a great deal slower. To understand why...

Coordinated effort needed to eliminate hepatitis C

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...says a new report from the Hepatitis C Coalition. All parts of the ‘hepatitis C pathway’ need to work together to support the NHS in its target, says Signposting the...

World Hepatitis Day 2021

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Hepatitis C Lead at Turning Point Dr Becky John discusses the work Turning Point is doing to help the fight in eradicating hepatitis by 2030. This year marks ten years...

Recovering from hepatitis C: Steps to empowerment through peer support

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...If left untreated, hepatitis C can cause serious or potentially life threatening complications like liver cancer.2 The majority of people living with hepatitis C are from disadvantaged or marginalised communities....

Becoming free of hepatitis C

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...Public Health England. Hepatitis C in England: 2017 Report. http://www.hcvaction.org.uk/sites/default/files/resources/hepatitis_c_in_england_2017_report.pdf [Accessed: July 2017] 2, NHS Choices: Hepatitis C. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c/pages/introduction.aspx [Accessed July 2017] The I’m Worth… campaign has been developed and...

World Hepatitis Day 2019 DDN Round Up

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World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is held each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and to find undiagnosed patients and promote testing and treatment.   DDN produced...

Advice on the hepatitis B vaccine shortage

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...risk-based prioritisation The temporary guidance on prioritisation of Hep B vaccine is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hepatitis-b-vaccine-recommendations-during-supply-constraints It also appears on the main Gov.uk Hepatitis B page under vaccination: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hepatitis-b-guidance-data-and-analysis In table...

Hepatitis C Peer Education

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Vital bonds Ignatious Harling shares his progress as a hepatitis C peer educator. Ignatius Harling is a peer educator at Addaction Bournemouth – Read the full article in DDN Magazine...

Big strides made in elimination of hepatitis C, but still a long way to...

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In the past five years the number of people thought to have hepatitis C in the UK has reduced dramatically. But, on World Hepatitis Day, drug, alcohol and mental health...

Hepatitis can’t wait

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An online event by NHS England marked the start of the 10th World Hepatitis Day, with the slogan ‘Hepatitis can’t wait’. The event reaffirmed the commitment to eliminating hepatitis C...

Tackling hepatitis C – three Change Grow Live services reach a major milestone

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Change Grow Live explains how three of its services have recently achieved micro-elimination of hepatitis C: West Kent, Reading, and Bromley. When we say a service has micro eliminated hepatitis...
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A ground-breaking approach to hepatitis C in North Yorkshire and Humber

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...C.  An innovative approach to hepatitis C treatment Traditionally, drug treatment services have tested and identified people with hepatitis C, before referring them to their relevant NHS Operational Delivery Network (ODN) for treatment. Now,...

Richmond Integrated Recovery Service is leading the way in the diagnosis and treatment of...

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...to have active hepatitis C. The most common route for transmission of the hepatitis C virus in the UK is through intravenous drug use. Jen and the Service Manager, Simon...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the Hepatitis C Trust. The virus is...

Hepatitis C ‘grossly under-prioritised’, warns charity

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Just 3 per cent of people infected with hepatitis C are treated each year, despite it being curable, says a new report from the Hepatitis C Trust. The virus is...

Humankind Charity supports World Hepatitis Day with new national Action Plan

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The Humankind charity has launched a new national Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July. Stacey Smith, Nursing Director at Humankind. The action plan aims...

Leeds peer support launched for people with hepatitis C

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...about getting hepatitis C treatment. There can also be a lot of stigma with the disease.’ Around 216,000 people in the UK have chronic hepatitis C, which prevents the liver...

The Hepatitis C Trust

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The Hepatitis C Trust are the national UK charity for hepatitis C and has been operating since 2001. They are a patient-led and patient-run organisation and almost all of the...

DDN September 2022

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...acknowledges the trauma that underlies most addiction problems (p8). People with lived experience have been vital to the development and success of essential parts of the treatment system, including hepatitis...

PHE updates on hepatitis B vaccine shortage

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Since mid-2017 the UK has experienced a shortage of hepatitis B vaccine due to global manufacturing issues. In response to the shortage, Public Health England (PHE) developed temporary recommendations on...

Doubling Down

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...Hepatitis C Trust World Hepatitis Day this year will be unlike any other we have celebrated before. Hepatitis C continues to have a huge impact on people who inject drugs,...

Worldwide cocaine manufacture hits record high

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...being treated for drugs issues in Africa and Latin America. Around 11.2m people were injecting drugs, the document says, around half of whom were living with hepatitis C, compared to...

Back to ‘Brilliant Basics’ for Change Grow Live with a HIT Harm Reduction Partnership

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...the micro elimination of Hepatitis C, increasing access to structured treatment, enhanced outreach work, continued focus on optimised dosing and improving the coverage and quality of needle and syringe programmes. ...

New liver cancer support service launched

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...most often caused by alcohol, hepatitis or obesity. The service has been launched ‘so that everyone living with liver cancer has better access to high-quality information and we can better...

The Forward Trust expands its reach in Southend, Humberside and London

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...look slightly different for everyone. Interventions on offer include: one-to-one and group support; health checks and testing for blood-borne viruses, including Hepatitis C; help to detox; prescribed medication (where appropriate...

On a mission to cure hep C

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...the major risk factor for infection in England, 50 to 80 per cent of injecting drug users are infected with hepatitis C within five years of beginning to inject (Hepatitis...

Staying on track

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...remotely. So, where does that leave our plans for eliminating hepatitis C? While people who had started treatment are being supported to complete it and become hepatitis C free, outreach...

Hep C: An end in sight?

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...We can win the war against hepatitis C but we need to seize the opportunity, says Dee Cunniffe We have seen great strides in the development of treatment for hepatitis...

Hepatitis C and Health Guide

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Hepatitis C represents a major public health challenge but patients now have the opportunity to be completely free of the virus through a short course of treatment. This Hepatitis C...

Countdown to hep C eradication

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...Substance Use and Hepatitis C annual conference. Read the full article in DDN Magazine ‘The strategy from NHS England has always been to eradicate hepatitis C,’ NHS clinical lead for...

Experts by experience

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...not have hepatitis C were the experts – or the ‘cases’, with those who had hepatitis C also interviewed as ‘controls’. Our 37 participants (ten women, 27 men) were recruited...

Experts by experience – full referenced version

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The Staying Safe study is a hepatitis C prevention project with a difference. Instead of focusing on risk practices and transmission events, such as the sharing of needles and syringes,...

Boost for BBV testing among London’s homeless population

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...Working Group on Substance Use and Hepatitis C (LJWG). Of those who were tested for hepatitis C, more than one in ten were found to have antibodies for the virus,...

Local authorities unprepared for hep C responsibility

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Local authorities are ‘not ready to take responsibility’ for hepatitis C, according to an audit of English commissioners and local councils by The Hepatitis C Trust. Despite local authorities assuming...

Why isn’t more being done to tackle hep C?

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A new report is calling for hepatitis C to be prioritised as a major health inequalities issue by Public Health England, the NHS and local authorities. Although hepatitis C is...

Hep C Positive

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...awareness about the virus in Swindon. With almost half of NHS commissioners having no measures in place to increase hepatitis C treatment in the UK, according to a recent Hepatitis...

Local authorities unready for hep C responsibility

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Local authorities are ‘not ready to take responsibility’ for hepatitis C, according to an audit of English commission­ers and local councils by the Hepatitis C Trust. Despite local authorities assuming...

Fighting for a C change

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...of the Hepatitis C Coalition and hepatitis C lead for North West London When I first graduated in medicine, hepatitis C didn’t even have a name, let alone a cure....

It’s time to get tested, urges PHE

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...Hepatitis C treatment monitoring in England, with 70 per cent of those treated reporting injecting drugs as their ‘likely risk’ for acquiring the virus. ‘Hepatitis C is a serious infection...

Safe from harm

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...on hepatitis C called for collective action to make treatment high on every political agenda ‘Sixty per cent of people who inject drugs worldwide are infected with hepatitis C –...

Stuck in the system

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...and chances of disease. As chief executive of the Hepatitis C Trust and vice chair of the Hepatitis C Coalition, Gore was speaking to the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party...

NHS England sets out ambitious plans to eradicate hep C

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...not yet been diagnosed so that we can cure them’, said Hepatitis C Trust chair Charles Gore. ‘It will prevent the liver cancer that hepatitis C causes. It will save...

Treatment complete?

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...levels of BBV screening and uptake of hepatitis B vaccination and yet have tiny numbers of service users going into hepatitis C treatment. Now I admit that I am biased...

‘Considerable progress’ towards eliminating hep C, says UKHSA

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...becoming infected in the first place if we are to eliminate hepatitis C,’ the agency states.  ‘It is really encouraging to see cases of chronic hepatitis C declining in England,’...

More than half test positive in community hep C pilot

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...free, accessible hepatitis C testing in community pharmacies is a more patient-centric way of engaging with a group of vulnerable, young people where hepatitis C prevalence and risk of transmission...

Hep C deaths down 11 per cent in a year

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...sexual health clinic. It could save your life.’ Hepatitis C in the UK: 2018 report here See September’s DDN for an eight-page pull out on hepatitis C and health  ...

Soapbox

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...exchanges could lead to a 25 per cent rise in hepatitis C among drug injectors. To bring down hepatitis C prevalence, treatment needs continued investment. Evidence shows current injectors can...

Hard Miles

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...with viral hepatitis. On paper, hepatitis elimination is such a no-brainer, but there’s a lack of empathy from the people who have to pick up that elimination plan and give...

Hep C deaths down 16 per cent

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...may have been at risk.’ Hepatitis C in England 2019: working to eliminate hepatitis C as a major public health threat available here Could you have hepatitis C? at www.hepctrust.org.uk/quiz...

Post-its from Practice

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Beyond a script Actively bringing patients closer to services could mean a paradigm shift for hepatitis C treatment, says Dr Steve Brinksman Good quality shared care has always meant a...

Hep van man

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With hepatitis C still massively under-prioritised, DDN hears how The Hepatitis C Trust’s testing van is taking services out on the road. ‘It probably adds up to a few months...

NHS Substance Misuse Providers Association talk about their plan to eliminate Hep C across...

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...eliminating Hepatitis C in their services. Gilead and NHS SMPA’s programme has been developed to drive widespread implementation of established best practice pathways across all NHS SMPA member services. The...

Tayside achieves world first in effectively eliminating hep C

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...by Hepatitis Scotland to mark World Hepatitis Day. #BeHepCFree aims to re-engage people who have yet to access specialist treatment and encourage people who may have been at risk to...