Wed 10th June 2015

Public Health England develop online course for detecting and managing HepC

Hepatitis C (HCV) remains a huge problem in England, with an estimated 214,000 people infected. The vast majority acquired the infection via injecting drug use, with up to 60,000 living in the capital. However, 40% of people remain undiagnosed, and only 3% are estimated to receive treatment in any one year. Whilst testing is available in drug services, there are a range of barriers for drug users in accessing HCV treatment. Given Public Health England's role in providing expert evidence and developing the workforce, PHEL Alcohol and Drugs Team commissioned the Royal College of General Practitioners to develop an e-learning course - Hepatitis C: Enhancing Prevention, Testing and Care. This 2 hour, free, online course is now available. It will be promoted to all drug treatment services with providers encouraged to embed the course in inductions and appraisals. Commissioners will be encouraged to include the course in future commissioning arrangements. The course can also be accessed by a range of workers in other settings, as well as peer support workers and service users themselves.

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Read full article in HCV Action