Practices should take on sexual health training

Providing sexual health training in GPs' own practices could revive services that are 'stretched to the limit', according to a GP interested in women's health.

Practical education for contraception services is underfunded and training sessions can be seen as a hindrance to meeting service targets, Cornwall GP Dr Sarah Gray says in the February issue of MIMS Women’s Health.

Dr Gray, who is involved with training GPs and practice nurses in their own practices to provide sexual health services, told Healthcare Republic: ‘It can be done without practices having to invest huge sums of money.

‘Having attended an initial theory session, a date is agreed and trainees book a list of their own patients. The PCT will pay the local enhanced services payment against my accreditation, for procedures performed in training. This produces clinicians who are properly trained and competency appraised in the setting in which they will be working. By this means we have been about to get up to around 80% of long-acting reversible contraceptives provided in primary care and meet the national target.’

  • Read the full article in the next issue of GP, dated 23 January

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