Updated advice sheet on dispersal process for asylum seekers with HIV

Friday 19 September 2014

Clinics who have asylum seeking patients can find that the process of 'dispersal' to housing in other parts of the UK undermines continuity of care. The Home Office has in place Healthcare Needs and Pregnancy Dispersal Guidance which is designed to reduce this impact - and since 2012 the policy has been to not routinely disperse people living with HIV away from their clinic.

NAT (National AIDS Trust) is concerned that not all case workers and HIV clinics are aware of this Guidance, so they have produced a new advice sheet for healthcare and voluntary sector professionals. This is an update on the earlier (2006) NAT/BHIVA guide and is also endorsed by BHIVA.

The advice sheet can be downloaded from: http://www.nat.org.uk/media/Files/Publications/Sept_2014_Dispersal_HIV.pdf