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England Infected Blood Support Scheme

We support people historically infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV from NHS blood or blood products. We also help families, civil or long-term partners after the death of someone infected.

We provide information on:

  • who can join the scheme and claim financial support, and how to join
  • how members can apply for grants or speak to organisations that offer support
  • how our payments affect your tax and benefits.

From November 2017, we took over the schemes run by:

  • Eileen Trust
  • MacFarlane Trust
  • MFET Ltd
  • Skipton Fund
  • Caxton Foundation

The scheme provides support to:

  • infected people
  • immediate family where the infected person has died

People infected by hepatitis C and/or HIV and their families

This includes people who were chronically infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV as a result of treatment with NHS blood, blood products or tissue prior to September 1991 in England or an overseas British Military Hospital.

People who received infection from someone in the above group are also included if they are, or were:

  • the spouse or civil partner of the person
  • living with the person as partners in a long-term relationship
  • the child of an infected mother

Payments for people infected with Stage 1 chronic hepatitis CPayments for people infected with Stage 2 advanced hepatitis CPayments for people infected with HIV

Widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary

The scheme provides support to widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary.

Support information for widows, widowers or partners of a deceased beneficiary

Estates of people who died before joining the scheme 

If you manage the estate of an infected person who died, you can contact us.

If you registered with any of the previous UK support schemes, we will already have your details providing you have given consent to transfer your data to us.

If you haven't already done this, you should do it as soon as possible by getting in touch with the charity you registered with.

If you haven’t given consent, you will not receive your payments.

People infected by hepatitis C and/or HIV

If you became infected yourself and are not registered with us, use these forms.

Hepatitis stage 1 application formHepatitis stage 2 application formHIV primary eligibility application formIf you have HIV and want to apply for the first time, contact us.

Special Category Mechanism

You may qualify for regular payments equivalent to those payable at Stage 2 if you:

  • are a successful stage 1 applicant
  • can prove complications with your hepatitis C infection/treatment qualify you for greater payment

Application form for Special Category Mechanism paymentsGuidance for Special Category Mechanism payments

Widows, widowers or partners

If a beneficiary has died, please contact us to let us know.

Our guidance document provides more on the support the scheme offers to:

  • widows
  • widowers
  • civil/long-term partners of members who have now died

Support for widows, widowers or civil partners will be available soon.

Following a death, if you think you should receive payment, use this form.

Application form for payment to widows, widowers and civil partners

 We have application forms for payments and grants for existing members.

Support and assistance grants

Members of the scheme can apply for support and assistance grants, including:

  • income top-up support
  • one-off grants

Application form for income top-up and one-off grantsGuidance on support and assistance grants will be available soon.

Extra support

Members of the scheme can apply to EIBSS for a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) which will be funded by the scheme. You need to complete an application form and send it to: FREEPOST EIBSS.

Download a PPC application form

 

Other organisations that provide support include:

Hepatitis C Trust

Haemophilia Society

BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists

For financial and benefit advice, there are other organisations, including:

Money Advice Service

Citizens Advice

For advice on training and guidance, the National Careers Service offers information and support on this.

Scheme members can use the form to tell us of a change of:

  • name, address or bank details
  • contact preferences
  • to authorise another person to speak to us on their behalf

Change of details form

As long as you live in the UK, payments you receive from the scheme do not affect:

  • your income tax bill
  • any entitlement to means-tested benefits

Guidance on tax and benefits

The scheme has a clear process to allow any applicant to appeal a decision they are unhappy with.

We explain how the appeals process works.

Guidance on appealing will be available soon.

If you have any queries, you can contact us:

Email: nhsbsa.eibss@nhs.net
Telephone: 0300 330 1294

You can write to us at:
EIBSS
NHSBSA
80 London Road
London
SE1 6LH

If you want more information about the new scheme, you can visit the Government website.