When planning scale-up, a comprehensive understanding of the prison context is needed, including the barriers and facilitators of hepatitis C care.

Planning should involve all stakeholder groups – correctional authorities, health services, prisoners, as well as prisoner support services and advocacy organisations – both to secure support, and to ensure all perspectives are considered. This may be best achieved with a formal scoping exercise.

In addition, legislative and organisational factors, as well as the prison environment itself, all impact on the planning for effective and efficient scale-up of hepatitis C testing and treatment services.

Please refer to the Planning Checklist on the Resources page for a summary of the issues which should be considered during the planning phase.