Fast-Track Cities London annual round up of 2021/22 and plans for 2022/23 were presented to the Fast-Track Cities Leadership Group in April.
Despite the COVID pandemic and the effect this had on London, partners continued to deliver on the ambition of getting to zero HIV by 2030.
All of the work in 2021/22 supported the strategic aims of the Fast-Track Cities London roadmap to zero.
Key achievements 2021/22:
- Launched six month pilot across London using Consultant Connect to connect HIV consultants directly with GPs while in an appointment
- Worked with NAT to run a national public knowledge and attitudes survey
- Worked with multiple stakeholders, and people living with HIV, to develop the ‘Evolving care for people living with HIV in London’ report, setting future priorities for London
- Brought together a community of practice to develop a framework for empowerment programmes to tackle internalised stigma experienced by people living with HIV
- Launched a fund for organisations to deliver empowerment programmes and started working with six new stigma projects
- Delivered training and learning opportunities for the Fast-Track Cities HIV improvement community to increase HIV testing, support HIV treatment and care, tackle stigma and improve quality of life
- Brought together clinical teams from 2 London hospitals to develop a staff HIV knowledge and attitudes survey as a first step in developing an HIV Friendly Charter
- Started working with Manchester FTCI on a plan to tackle societal stigma using national NAT survey data, learning from consultation with HIV sector and best practice within HIV sector and mental health around tackling stigma and discrimination.
- Hosted joint 40th anniversary of HIV event with Apothecaries Society, engaging the city of London in Fast-Track Cities work
- London joined up with the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Partnership to curate the largest display of the UK AIDS quilts in London since the early 90s
- European AIDS Clinical Society held their international conference in London in November 2021 with Fast Track Cities London hosting a session dedicated to discussing the London and our impact. This special session was alongside Prague and Bergamo.
- London recognised with the international Fast-Track Cities Circle of Excellence Award, reflecting 40 years of joint working and confirming our place as world leaders at tackling HIV
- London presented at the Fast-Track Cities conference in Lisbon on ‘Getting to zero through co-production and adaptation: Lessons from London’s Improvement Collaborative projects’
London’s HIV improvement community achievements in numbers:
- Rapid progress and scaling up of programme to tackle HIV stigma
- Work with partners to develop testing strategy for London
- Support implementation of the national HIV Action Plan
- Work with partners to research and develop improved mental health offering for people living with HIV
- Realise value of current investment in HIV improvement community projects as additional HIV cases are diagnosed early
- Develop leadership group, culminating in a recommitment to the Fast-Track Cities initiative
- Work with newly formed ICSs to support integrated commissioning of HIV services and realise the ‘Evolving HIV care in London’ priorities
- Bring together UK Fast-Track Cities and work with international colleagues to share learning and best practice
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