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New film puts Hep C in the primary care spotlight

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Mark Platt
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New film puts Hep C in the primary care spotlight
Posted on: April 13 2015, 11:42 am

A new film to raise awareness and increase knowledge of hepatitis C among GPs and other primary care practitioners has been launched by the Royal College of GPs, the Hepatitis C Trust and HCV Action.


Hepatitis C affects around 214,000 people in the UK and the virus can lead to liver disease and cancer, making it a significant public health issue.

With 90% of all patient contacts in the NHS conducted by GPs and their teams, it is likely that patients with hepatitis C will at some point be treated in general practice and wider primary care services, yet guidance from both NICE and Public Health England suggest that more needs to be done to raise awareness levels among primary care professionals.

The open-access film aims to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge about the virus, build their confidence in diagnosing and supporting patients and inform them of the new and highly effective treatments available in primary care. ‘Detecting and Managing Hepatitis C in Primary Care’ is available to view for free on the HCV Action website.

The film is split into four bite-size sections, each of which is also available as a stand-alone resource:
Section 1: The impact & consequences of hepatitis C
Section 2: Identifying those at risk
Section 3: Current & future treatments
Section 4: Supporting people through treatment

Structured to enable reflective learning and support GPs in applying learning to practice – evidence of which are essential for appraisal and revalidation - the film is aligned with CPD requirements.

Charles Gore, Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust and member of the HCV Action Steering Group, comments: “HCV Action and The Hepatitis C Trust are delighted to be partnering with the RCGP to launch this highly important film. Despite the fact that hepatitis C affects so many hundreds of thousands of people in the UK, we frequently hear of low awareness and knowledge of the virus among GPs. GPs will be increasingly relied upon in the future to manage and detect the virus, and so this really is a must-see film.”

Danny Morris, Clinical Lead for the RCGP Certificate in the Detection, Diagnosis & Management of Hepatitis B & C in Primary Care, said: “Hepatitis C affects a huge number of people in the UK, and if left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to serious illness and life threatening complications.

“GPs will increasingly be involved in delivering care and support to these patients, so it is vital that we raise awareness of the virus, improve education around disease prevention, improve rates of diagnosis and increase access to hepatitis C treatment throughout primary care.
“This video is essential viewing for all primary care professionals needing to increase their confidence and competence in identifying, diagnosing and managing hepatitis C and in offering lifestyle advice to patients by supporting them to reduce transmission risks and improving health and well being.
“It also complements the Hepatitis B and C Part 1 Certificate, which is run through the RCGP’s Substance Misuse and Associated Health team. We thank the Hepatitis C Trust and HCV Action for their support in this project and look forward to continuing our joint-work in the future.”
Further Information
Neil Cowan or Grace Everest, HCV Action
Tel: 020 7089 6220 or

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