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Developing a local hepatitis C strategy 

Name: Dr Erika Duffell
Position: Consultant in health protection
Location: Greater Manchester Health Protection Unit (Health Protection Agency)

Summary

Dr Erika Duffell led a project on behalf of the local primary care trusts (PCTs) to improve services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C in Greater Manchester. A steering group produced a comprehensive needs assessment and evidence-based strategy, which convinced PCT commissioners to invest in services for the condition.

So far, the programme has led to the development of outreach clinics in local drug services, the recruitment of extra medical and nursing staff, new testing methods for drug users, and the creation of a local prevention network and research team to improve prevention services.