As part of the NHS’s goal to eliminate hepatitis C as a major health concern in England, Change Grow Live is leading a ground-breaking new approach to treatment in North Yorkshire and Humber.
For the first time, we are bringing together drug treatment providers across the region to share their expertise and deliver support directly to the people who need it.
People will now receive their hepatitis treatment as a part of their overall support, in a setting they are comfortable with and from people they know and trust. This new approach will remove barriers to treatment, build greater trust with the people we support, and encourage more people than ever to engage with treatment and be cured of hepatitis 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, services will be working together to share expertise and resources, and deliver treatment directly to the people they support. By linking up care across different providers, we can make sure that everyone is getting the highest quality support in the way that is most accessible for them.
This partnership approach has been developed by the North Yorkshire and Humber ODN with input from Change Grow Live. As the lead provider, we will be sharing our expertise in this area, including our blood-borne virus toolkit, treatment pathways, and specialist teams and workers.
Our Hull Renew service will act as the central hub for this new model, which also brings together Changing Lives, Humankind, East Riding Trust, We Are With You, and Spectrum Community Health CIC. Each provider will cover their own area, but we will be working closely with each other and our specialist colleagues from the NHS. Our colleagues at the Hepatitis C Trust will continue to offer care and support to people
Carrie Richardson, Northern Regional Manager for the Hepatitis C Trust, said: “We are really excited to see the launch of this new service and the impact it will have on easing patient access to treatment. We hope this approach could act as a blueprint for future models of hepatitis C care and lead to a greater number of patients in substance misuse services achieving a cure.”
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