Training Guide 1

Adapting the training manual

The three-day programme is intended to be used flexibly in line with people’s needs, their local situation and the opportunities and resources available. The programme is written in a way that encourages a modular approach adapted to the learners’ requirements. For example, the programme could be delivered across three consecutive days or as one module a week over 11 weeks, to minimise disruption to a service. The content can also be used selectively, for example the module on testing could be used on its own for a team who are newly incorporating testing in their service.

The training can be adapted for delivery to people who are completely new to working with PWID and/or HCV; equally, it can be used for refreshing and updating people who already have experience of work in this area. It uses a highly participative, facilitated approach, which recognises that valuable expertise often resides within the learners themselves. The various activities provide many opportunities for participants to share their questions, uncertainties and expertise in ways that are suited to their own group.

Provision of HCV treatment and care is immensely variable across Europe. In some states, people who inject have access to the very latest treatments; in others, it is difficult to obtain even basic antibody testing. Having local knowledge of HCV prevalence, prevention opportunities, treatment and care provision will help the trainer to adapt the programme to the learners’ specific situations.

The trainer’s role in tailoring the training is therefore key and this manual provides guidance on preparing for the training and delivering it in a way that meets people’s needs. Facilitator supporting content throughout provide background information that allow topics to be expanded upon, if required. Beyond this, electronic copies of the training materials and a range of key resources and further reading are suggested with access to these from:

Correlation    www.correlation-net.org/
EHRN           www.harm-reduction.org/

Finally, it should be borne in mind that all publications go out of date; however, as far as possible, these websites will be updated with updates and new publications as they become available.

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