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Welcome to another publication of Hepatitis Scotland's e-Bulletin. This brief issue is focussed on further developing Hepatitis Scotland's information sharing role.
Keeping up to date and informed on emerging issues relating to viral hepatitis, and cascading this out to partners and stakeholders through our regular e-bulletins, is a key part of our work here at Hepatitis Scotland. However, given the range of issues and the pace of change in the modern world, this is no small task. The Hepatitis Scotland e-Bulletin can be an opportunity to share views, experiences, and knowledge through our Scotland and sector-wide contact list, with the potential to enhance and enrich our understanding on a diverse range of issues. If you have any successful projects, local research or insights about other recent research, innovative ideas, local events or simply would like to express your views, why not put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) then forward it directly to us and we’ll consider it for inclusion in our e-bulletin.
New National Patient Involvement Officer
Lesley Bon has been appointed as National Patient Involvement Officer for Hepatitis Scotland. She comes to Hepatitis Scotland having previously worked within Service User Involvement at Glasgow Homelessness Network. Lesley said “I’m looking forward to enhancing opportunities for people affected by Viral Hepatitis to have more of an input into the decisions and services that affect their lives. All stakeholders have an important role to play in supporting and representing the experiences and views of people affected by Hep B and Hep C, please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss any potential involvement or support opportunities".
Lesley will be looking to meet with services and individuals with an interest in patient support and involvement in the near future. Her contact details are: mobile 07771561890, telephone 0141 221 1175 or email Lesley@hepatitisscotland.org.uk .
COMBINATION THERAPY: enhancing HCV support through joint-working
People living with HCV experience a range of issues that may make it difficult for them to access testing, attend hospital care, and manage their condition effectively. Some of these issues are HCV-specific whilst others are more generic, including welfare rights, housing, employment, alcohol and drug use.
Hepatitis Scotland and the GGC Viral Hepatitis MCN are holding an event in Glasgow to discuss the information and support needs of people living with HCV:
Date: Wed 7th December Time: 10:00-3:00
Venue: Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB
A number of real-world scenarios will be used to trigger discussion regarding the level and types of support that people require, and the services that are best placed to meet these needs.
This event will provide an opportunity for statutory and voluntary sector service providers to:
•Identify the key information and support needs for people living with HCV
•Discuss the evidence base regarding which interventions are most effective at meeting these needs
•Consider the mix of HCV-specific and generic services that are best placed to provide information and support
All are welcome however limited spaces are available for external delegates with priority being given to Glasgow-based stakeholders.