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Sexual Health Indicators of Risk in General Practice 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 session will cover the role that general practice has to play in sexual health care, particularly with those people at risk of sexual health problems such as unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and cervical cancer. The clinical value of sexual history-taking is introduced. 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:

  • Recognise the role of general practice in maximising opportunities to deliver integrated sexual health care
  • Identify factors associated with sexual health risk and how they interrelate
  • Recognise the benefits of sexual health risk assessment to clinical care in general practice
  • Describe the importance of easy access, confidentiality and a non judgmental approach to sexual health care in general practice

You will explore the significance of the difference between risk groups and risk behaviour. The aim is to present the clinical value of taking a sexual history from your patient. You will also learn about the role the practice can play in improving access to care and the importance of confidentiality.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Be working or training in the general practice context
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.

Sexual Health Indicators of Risk in General Practice course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Sexual health
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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