This training raises awareness and understanding of issues relating to blood borne viruses (BBVs). Its main focus is on Hepatitis C but it will also explore issues relating to Hepatitis B and HIV.
This course will enable workers to engage more confidently with service users and other professionals on a range of issues related to viral hepatitis with particular emphasis on risks associated with drug use. Key areas covered include BBV prevention, testing, treatment, and support.
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
- demonstrate increased knowledge on BBVs and their prevalence in Scotland
- identify prevention strategies –how do we engage with and get relevant and meaningful prevention messages to people at risk
- demonstrate an understanding of the injection process and how to minimise risk
- demonstrate an understanding of current testing and treatment options
- identify the role of key services including prevention, testing, treatment and support services.
Staff and management of services working with drug users or people at high risk of BBVs, drug workers, housing/homelessness, criminal justice, social work, mental health, services working with vulnerable young people.
Free within Scotland and bespoke costs for elsewhere in the UK and Ireland.
Half day or one day