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Bringing Up Sexual Health in General Practice course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This is the second of the group of introductory sessions for the sexual health and contraception module. This session is the first of three which address how to take a patient’s sexual history. This session has been written in conjunction with Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP). Please see acknowledgements for more details.

This session was reviewed by Philippa Matthews and Mel Gardner and last updated in July 2020.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Explain the clinical value of sexual history taking
  • Suggest and develop strategies for raising the subject of sexual health when the patient isn’t expecting it
  • Suggest and develop strategies for managing consultations with accompanied patients

When working with individual patients, knowledge of risk behaviours is by far the most valuable. You can find out about risk behaviours by taking a sexual history.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Be working or training in the general practice context
  • Have completed the Session - Sexual Health Indicators of Risk in General Practice (400-0143)
Instructors / Speakers
Philippa Matthews,
General Practitioner

Dr Philippa Matthews (MBBS, FRCGP) is currently Primary Care Development Lead at the Africa Centre in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, working with a population with the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. Prior to this she was a GP in Kings Cross, London, and Sexual Health Clinical Lead for Islington.

She has developed and delivered sexual health training and written extensively about sexual health services in primary care, most recently authoring MEDFASH’s new HIV Testing in Practice (HIV TIPs) webtool to support GPs and practice nurses to increase HIV testing in this area.

Judith Mullineux,
Sexual Health in Practice Coordinator

Judith is project manager of the Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP) scheme in Birmingham and associate lecturer at Warwick Medical School, undertaking module leadership on the Post Graduate Award - Delivery of Sexual Health Care.

For many years Judith practiced as a nurse and health visitor in a variety of settings – hospitals, schools and primary care. After graduating from Birmingham University in 1988 and completing a masters degree in health promotion and education in 1994, Judith developed extensive experience in education, as an FE college lecturer and Open University Tutor. For the last 17 years she has worked as a health promotion specialist delivering and managing a wide range of diverse sexual health promotion initiatives, involving Theatre in Health Education (THE), peer education and NHS workforce development, across the Birmingham area.

Bringing Up Sexual Health in General Practice course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
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