Purpose and aims
The purpose of the network is to provide high quality hepatology services to patients within Sussex that comply with the NHS England national service specification.
The network ensures that all eligible patients are able to access specialist management and treatment for hepatitis C (HCV). The aim is to increase the number of patients who are treated and cured of HCV using the most clinically appropriate and cost effective options. The network aims to provide uniform and consistent service delivery through the use of standardised patient pathways and sharing best practices and experience.
The network is comprised of three NHS trusts: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) is the host or network hub and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) and Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) operate as spokes. The network covers a wide geographical area that includes 210 GP practices and 7 clinical commissioning groups. It is one of 22 operational delivery networks nationally that together cover England.
A network board meets 3-4 times a year and has a wide membership including hub and spoke trusts, commissioners, substance misuse services, alcohol liaison services and Public Health England.
Dr Jeremy Tibble is the clinical lead for the network and is a consultant gastroenterologist/hepatologist at BSUH.