Debate on APPG report 'The HIV Puzzle'
Mike Freer, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS has secured a debate in Westminster Hall debate to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Group's 2016 report 'The HIV Puzzle'.
The report, driven by evidence presented from charities, civil society groups and pharmaceutical industry, notes significant upheaval to HIV and sexual health services since the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was implemented. Many identified 'fragmentation' of the service, characterised by a split in commissioning responsibilities between NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities. The lack of a 'lead commissioner' or other mechanisms such as an up to date service specification is leading to widely diverging standards in care across the country.
The report highlights a number of key areas where civil society, Government and healthcare professionals can work with older people living with HIV to ensure they are supported physically and emotionally. These include:
• HIV support services aimed at people living with HIV aged 50 and over should carefully consider the diversity of needs of service users and consider tailoring different support packages to 50-60 year olds, 61-64 year olds and to individuals aged 65+
• RCGP should work with BHIVA, BASHH, HIV charities and people living with HIV to provide training and support to current GPs to increase their understanding of HIV and its interaction with ageing
• Social care providers should ensure continued professional development for staff around HIV, using key awareness days such as World AIDS Day and utilising local and national HIV organisations to ensure all activities are based on up-to-date evidence.
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