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Get Involved on World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is a great opportunity for you to get involved and be part of eliminating hep C.

There is a global aim to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030 and England looks set to be one of the first countries to eliminate hepatitis C by 2025. This World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity for you to be part of eliminating hepatitis C…

There are many ways you can be involved, some big, some small, but all of them will make a difference! Keep reading for some useful ideas.

World Hepatitis Day is a great opportunity for you to get involved and be part of eliminating hep C.

These key websites are a useful resource for all healthcare professionals:

Hep C U Later – for useful resources and further information visit hepculater.com

The Hepatitis C Trust – for resources and support visit hepctrust.org.uk

The British Liver Trust – for information and booklets on liver disease visit britishlivertrust.org.uk

Awareness:

Raising awareness of hepatitis C is a simple but very effective way of supporting hepatitis C elimination, from sharing simple facts amongst colleagues, to making sure everyone knows where to access more information.

We’ve developed a Hepatitis C Factsheet which can be shared within organisations, on social media or in meetings.

INHSU offer some great online learning modules: inhsu.org/online-learning-modules/

Testing and treatment:

Encourage people to get tested by directing them to the national hepatitis C testing portal. Anyone can access this portal online to order a free, at-home, finger-prick test, visit www.hepctest.nhs.uk.

We have lots of useful resources available on our website. These are aimed to help you and provide the information to share with the people you work with. Some of these are:

  • Hep C poster, click here
  • Hep C wallet size information cards, click here

Do you have a TV screen in your service? You can raise awareness of hep C and risks by using our TV screen graphics. Find them here.

Do you need help with how to engage people into testing? Explore our Engaging People in Testing Document. Find it here.

There are many ways that the health needs of individuals can be addressed alongside their need for testing or treatment. A great example of this is linking in with other healthcare providers to provide health and well-being events. The drug and alcohol service in Thurrock, Inclusion Visions Thurrock did this, read their good practice tips here.

Data:

Data analysis can be an effective method for identifying individuals who may have been at risk of hepatitis C in the past.

In primary care, there are useful tools that utilise algorithms to detect individuals with codes that correspond to risk factors. Contact our team at connect.hepculater@mpft.nhs.uk if you would like to know more about how to use this tool effectively.

Working in drug and alcohol services provides opportunities to improve NDTMS data quality within your services. To explore data-related interventions that could benefit your services, contact the Hep C U Later team at hepc.ulater@mpft.nhs.uk.