Principle consulting client The Hepatitis C Trust at the Welsh Assembly
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The Hepatitis C Trust

  • Health

2005 - Ongoing

We have helped to drive progress towards eliminating hepatitis C as a major public health concern in the UK, acting as The Hepatitis C Trust’s policy & parliamentary team since 2005 and as the secretariat for HCV Action, the network for hepatitis C professionals, since 2010.

IMPACT

  • Our campaigning led to the Government introducing a policy of opt-out testing for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV in English prisons in 2013.
  • Working with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Liver Health, we held an inquiry into hepatitis C elimination in England, which culminated in the Eliminating Hepatitis C in England report, published in March 2018. The inquiry and report played a key role in laying the ground for the NHS England hepatitis C elimination programme launched in 2019 with the aim of eliminating hepatitis C in England by 2025.
  • In Scotland, we convene a Scottish Hepatitis C Parliamentary Champions group of MSPs committed to action on hepatitis C. In 2017-18, we worked with the group to conduct an inquiry and develop a report, Eliminating Hepatitis C in Scotland: A call to action, which helped to inform and guide Scotland’s approach to eliminating hepatitis C by the Scottish Government’s target of 2024. In recent years, we have worked with successive Scottish Government Public Health Ministers, including arranging for them to deliver statements of support for World Hepatitis Day.
  • In Wales, we provided oral evidence to the Senedd Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s inquiry into hepatitis C, which led to its 2019 report on achieving hepatitis C elimination in Wales. Recently, we have coordinated parliamentary pressure for further action on hepatitis C, leading to the Welsh Government setting out a range of new guidance and requirements around hepatitis C in January 2023, a key development in getting Wales back on track towards achieving elimination.
  • By organising and hosting events and webinars on behalf of HCV Action, we have provided a forum for those working towards hepatitis C elimination to access information, share good practice and network. These have included ‘good practice roadshows’ across the UK, an annual national conference for hepatitis C professionals and a high-level roundtable meeting to discuss preparation for the maintenance phase of hepatitis C elimination.
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