New report on services for people living with and at risk of HIV in Scotland

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Friday 16th January 2015

HIV Scotland has published 'Making the vision a reality: Services supporting people living with and at risk of HIV in Scotland' [PDF - 4MB]. The report examines the services available for people living with and at risk of HIV right across Scotland - whether directly related to HIV or otherwise - and how the reality those who use and provide services experience compares with the vision set out in policy and law.

It considers the experiences of service users, explores perspective of the services themselves, examines how they function and the challenges they face. Finally the report gives a number of recommendations for a way forward, working towards making Scotland’s vision for services a reality.

Key recommendations include:

  • People living with or at risk of HIV and the third sector should be included as key partners within networks and bodies which have a role in planning and delivery of services, such as community health partnerships, managed care networks, and the new integrated health and social care partnerships;
  • Service providers should consider how they could use telehealth and telecare options to increase the availability and flexibility of services;
  • Service providers should develop clear information about how to access services, in consultation with service users. It should be available in a variety of formats and be displayed in easily accessible places; and
  • Specialist HIV training should be available for staff and volunteers working within health and social care services. This is of particular importance in generic rather than specialist services that people living with and at risk of HIV use.

More information

If you provide or commission services in the NHS, a local authority or the third or private sectors, or make relevant policy or decisions, we do encourage you to read the report [PDF - 4MB] and consider how the recommendations could be implemented. We also wish to thank all those who contributed information to this research - you may like to read this article about why and how we wrote this report.

If you have any questions, comments or would like to discuss the report further please contact us.