Hepatitis Scotland e-Bulletin 11
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Scottish Hepatitis C Quality Indicators
Healthcare Improvement Scotland today published "Quality Indicators for Hepatitis C". This document was developed through national consultation so as to specify a minimum set of measures that demonstrate quality delivery of person centred, safe and effective care for those affected by Hepatitis C.
Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus National Stakeholder Conference
Monday, June 11th 2012 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
This conference will discuss and debate new approaches, initiatives, technologies and developments in the fields of Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses. The conference is for all stakeholders with an interest in sexual health, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the context of the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011 – 2015. It will be an important event for anyone in Scotland working to:
• improve the health and well being of those affected or at risk of blood borne viruses or sexually transmitted infections
• improve sexual health services across Scotland to reduce poor sexual health outcomes, such as unintended pregnancies.
• reduce the number of newly acquired blood borne virus and sexually transmitted infections in Scotland
• improve awareness and attitudes towards sexual health and blood borne viruses and to reduce associated health inequalities.
Scotland praised by European Study for Efforts to combat Hepatitis C
A recent European study has praised the efforts made in Scotland to tackle the spread of and stigma associated with hepatitis C in Scotland. The Scottish Government invested £43million in 2006 into testing and treatment through their Hepatitis C Action Plan phases 1 and 2. This work is now being continued in line with the Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework.
In the 6 years since the inception of the original hepatitis C Action Plan, the number of people diagnosed with the illness has gone up by a third and the number of people receiving treatment has increased by 120%.
However, all of those involved in hepatitis C recognise that to tackle the issue properly, we need to continue to tackle the stigma around this illness. Our Lead Officer, Leon Wylie, told STV news:
“Someone who has got lung cancer is not berated for smoking, that's somewhere we have to get with hepatitis. Hepatitis is something where you have got an illness; you’ve got a chronic illness. Let’s help with that illness, let’s not judge why or how you got it."
The Scottish Government, NHS staff and the many third sector organisations and workers involved in tackling hepatitis C in Scotland can feel proud of the progress being made in Scotland. However, we will all recognise that we cannot become complacent. There are many challenges ahead in these difficult financial times, and while increases in testing and treatment are to be welcomed we must continue to support people into treatment through to completion.
Lanarkshire BBV Social Care Pathway Development and Networking Day
Hepatitis Scotland will be holding a BBV Social Care Pathway Development and Networking Day in Lanarkshire on Thursday the 31st of May. The event will be held in partnership with HIV Scotland and Lanarkshire Blood Borne Viruses Networks.
This is a free event open to anyone working in or affected by Blood Borne Viruses. lanarkshire_social_care_pathway_flyer.pdf
Promising results announced in new Hepatitis C treatment trials
Gilead Sciences Inc, Bristol Myers Squib, Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer Ingelheim and Medivir AB have all announced potentially exciting results in trials for their respective new Hepatitis C treatments, albeit amongst small sample groups. These results have been reported at the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) meeting in Barcelona being held this month.
These treatments are oral based and are taken without the need for Pegulated Interferon Alpha, which is the main cause of negative side effects in treatment for Hepatitis C. They have all reported cure rates between 77% and up to 100% for Genotype 1 Hepatitis C, the most common form of the virus in the UK.
The Hepatitis C Trust won a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Award for its outstanding contribution to improving health, The King’s Fund and GSK announced today. The Hepatitis C Trust won the award which bring £25000 of funding, along with seven other charities, after a judging process involving 350 applicants.
Crew 2000, an Edinburgh-based organisation that provides information about drugs, helping people who want to manage or reduce their drug use, picked up the GlaxoSmithKline Gold Champions IMPACT Award, along with 3 other charities, which brings £35,000 of funding.
Midlothian Man wins the Hepatitis C Trust photo competition
Steele's winning photograph will now be exhibited at Urban in Ibiza’s London location, West Bank Gallery in Westbourne Grove. It will then be auctioned at Pete Tong’s International Music Summit in Ibiza on May 23 with the proceeds going to The Hepatitis C Trust.
The competition was judged by top British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin, Sadie Frost and Boy George. Rankin said: 'Hepatitis C is a cause that doesn't always get the attention it needs. In an age where deaths from hepatitis C are starting to outstrip those of HIV/AIDS, being conscious of what could be in our blood is more important than ever'.
Glasgow North West Drama Group head for Holyrood!
Glasgow North West Drama Group, shortlisted for the Evening Times Community Champions Award, travelled through to Holyrood on Wednesday the 18th April.
The group were recognised for the innovative approach taken (in partnership with C-Level) in highlighting issues affecting people with hepatitis C, particularly stigma, as well as informing the people about this major public health concern. The Group were shown around the Parliament building, meeting the First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Gordon Peacock, of both the North West Drama Group and C-Level said, "The North West Community Drama Group were honoured to be nominated as a finalist for the Evening Times Community Champions Awards. The group had an amazing experience at the event and were totally awe struck by the reception they got and the recognition they received for their hard work, commitment and skills involved in the promotion of Health and Wellbeing, specifically towards Hepatitis C.".
They will return to the Parliament on Thursday the 24th of May to stage sections of their play C U, C me, Hep C for MSPs.
Viral Hepatitis Training
Monday 21 May - 10am till 4pm
Venue: Simpson House
This training, provided at no cost, raises awareness of Hepatitis B & C and is aimed at workers in a wide range of support services including housing/homelessness, criminal justice, employability, mental health, addiction, and youth services.
We are particularly keen to attract services whose clients include vulnerable young people (under 25yrs). It will enable workers to engage more confidently with service users and other professionals on a range of issues related to viral hepatitis with particular emphasis on risks associated with drug use.
Key areas covered include:
- Viral Hepatitis: What is it? How prevalent is it? How is it transmitted? What are the signs and symptoms?
- Drug use and viral hepatitis - risks associated with injecting, snorting, etc.
- Other transmission routes – sex, tattooing, piercing, etc.
- Understanding the injecting process.
- Prevention - how do we get relevant and meaningful prevention messages to young people at risk?
- Referral and signposting pathways - raising awareness of, and establishing links with key services, including testing and treatment services, harm reduction services, drug services.
This training is supported by NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government’s recently launched Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Framework 2011-2015.