Laura Hughes the new Hepatitis C Elimination Co-ordinator with Hep C U Later, an NHS Addiction Providers Alliance and Gilead Sciences innovation project focused on eliminating Hepatitis C. Laura is part of a highly specialised practitioner team helping to increase Hepatitis C testing and to raise awareness of better needle exchange provision and education for all patients.
Laura started her career off as an admin and progressed into needle exchange, so harm reduction has always been a passion of hers. From there, she has worked in the criminal justice system, firstly in police custody suites and then in prisons. Here she was able to work with patients to support them on their recovery journeys. She then progressed to management within the prisons and has been privileged to have an active role in the way that services are delivered in order to give the best to patients and continually challenge health inequalities.