Research and analysis

Blood-borne virus opt-out testing in prisons: evaluation of pathfinder programme

Preliminary data from the blood-borne virus (BBV) opt-out testing in prisons.


Blood-borne virus opt-out testing in prisons: preliminary evaluation of pathfinder programme, phase 1 April to September 2014

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Opt-out testing for blood-borne viruses (BBVs) was published as a joint developmental priority in the National Partnership Agreement between Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in October 2013.

The lessons learned from the experience of 11 pathfinder prisons, reported here, will help to identify key factors for successful implementation of the programme across the adult prison estate by the end of 2016 to 2017.

Preliminary data suggests a near doubling of BBV testing following the introduction of the opt-out testing policy.