Advanced Services

Hepatitis C Antibody Testing

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Documents

Service Specification

PSNC Guidance

Service Announcement

Service Page

Briefing 029.20

Training

CPPE Training

The Community Pharmacy Hepatitis C Antibody Testing Service, which had its introduction into the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was officially launched on 1st September 2020. Initially, this service will run until 31st March 2022.

The new Advanced service is focused on provision of point of care testing for Hepatitis C (Hep C) antibodies to people who inject drugs (PWIDs), i.e. individuals who inject illicit drugs, e.g. steroids or heroin, but who haven’t yet moved to the point of accepting treatment for their substance use. Where people test positive for Hep C antibodies, they will be referred for a confirmatory test and treatment, where appropriate.

The service is part of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s national programme to eliminate Hep C virus as a major public health threat by 2025. The service aims to use community pharmacies to target PWIDs for testing, as they are the healthcare venue most likely to be visited by that group of people.

Source: PSNC


Additional support and commonly asked questions.
  • Who can provide this service?
  • How much can I claim for a HepC Test under this service?
  • How can I order test kits?
  • More FAQs
  • Forms
Who can provide this service?

Any pharmacy that meets the service requirements will be able to provide the service, but it will be of most interest to contractors that provide a locally commissioned needle and syringe programme service, with a sufficient number of clients, to make the investment in provision of the service worthwhile.

Pharmacy contractors considering providing the service should first read the service specification and then consider the likely costs of providing the service and the number of PWIDs they are likely to be able to test.

How much can I claim for a HepC Test under this service?

Contractors will be able to claim a payment of £36 per test performed on an eligible PWID, plus the cost of the test (including VAT). The kits currently cost £5 + VAT each and they come in boxes of 10 with next-day delivery charged at £14 + VAT per order.

Claims for payments for this service should be made monthly, via the NHS Business Services Authority’s (NHSBSA) Manage Your Service (MYS) portal.

How can I order test kits?

The POCT kit to be used by pharmacy contractors in the service is the InTec Rapid AntiHCV Test. This is distributed in the UK by Matrix Diagnostics (01992 762678).

Orders can be emailed to Orders@matrixdiagnostics.co.uk, including the full contact details and delivery address for the pharmacy and a purchase order number, where used.

Information on the product can be found on their blood-borne virus test product page, which also includes a video instruction on how to use the test kit.


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