APPG welcomes NAT to Parliament to launch its reports on HIV support services and commissioning across the UK
Today, Baroness Barker, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, hosted the launch of two reports by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) on HIV support services. The first report outlined the continued value of support services with the second report contextualising this need with data on local authority and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) spend in 2015/16 and 2016/17. The launch of the reports was accompanied by testimony from people living with HIV about the significance of support services in helping at different stages in their care.
Why we need support services outlined the variety of HIV-specific and generic support services that are required to ensure that people living with HIV are empowered to live healthy and secure lives. The report found that majority of people living with HIV use support services, with about a third of people living with HIV accessing services in any one year. HIV support services – the state of the nation outlines the reported expenditure by the different commissioning bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The report found significant variation in investment across the four nations, reflecting differences in overall population density and HIV prevalence but concluded that all four nations have uncertainties around commissioning responsibilities and roles to varying degrees.
Speaking at the launch of the reports, Baroness Barker noted; ‘what we have heard today is the sometimes life-saving impact that support services can have – not just in helping people adhere to treatments but ensuring that they have access to up-to-date advice about a variety of issues affecting people living with HIV including employment issues, relationship and disclosure support to help them live healthy lives’.
Electronic copies of the reports can be found at http://www.nat.org.uk/publications