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Intervening to Reduce Risk - Brief Behavioural Interventions and a Patient at No Apparent Risk course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This is the second of four complementary sessions on behavioural and clinical interventions to reduce the risk of patients having, or developing in the future, sexual health problems. The three patients we consider here have a range of needs. There is a focus on interventions to reduce risk and we also consider a patient at no apparent risk. This session has been written in conjunction with Sexual Health in Practice (SHIP). Please see acknowledgements for more details. This session was reviewed by Phillippa Matthews and last updated in January 2015.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify a patient's sexual health risk
  • Formulate management plans that take into account identified risks and prioritised needs of individual patients
  • Practice brief behaviour change interventions, engaging patients in developing strategies to reduce their risk of unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections
  • Discuss the management of patients at no apparent risk

In the previous session, GPS_11_003a Intervening to Reduce Risk – Promoting Contraception, you began to familiarise yourself with the process of formulating a management plan for patients on the basis of their risk assessment.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete the preceding introductory sessions in the Sexual Health and Contraception module
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.

Intervening to Reduce Risk - Brief Behavioural Interventions and a Patient at No Apparent Risk course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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