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Sexual Health Award

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Winner: Salford PCT

An innovative, integrated sexual health service: In a closely fought category, the winning entry is a project which incorporated a ‘failing’ GUM service into a PCT-based, fully integrated sexual health service, including sexual health screening and services for contraception, erectile dysfunction and psychosexual issues

Winner: Salford PCT

An innovative, integrated sexual health service: In a closely fought category, the winning entry is a project which incorporated a ‘failing’ GUM service into a PCT-based, fully integrated sexual health service, including sexual health screening and services for contraception, erectile dysfunction and psychosexual issues.

The new nurse-led service provides a single access point for all sexual health services, reducing the need for multiple appointments with the associated embarrassment or stigma. An impressive 98% of patients can now achieve access to the sexual health service within the Department of Health target time of 48 hours, compared with only 13% in 2006, before the service was transformed.

The judges were hugely impressed with the enthusiasm of this team and with the scope of their achievements. ‘They started from nothing and have achieved truly excellent results in the face of adversity,’ the panel said. ‘This is a very convincing example of what a nurse-led, nurse-delivered service can actually achieve. It sends out very positive messages for others.’

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Highly commended

Camden PCT
HIV services redesign – development of a one-stop shop clinic: A very close runner-up, this entry described the development of a multifaceted nurse-led model of care for patients in Camden who are HIV-positive. Led and delivered by two HIV nurse specialists, the service provides HIV clinics and consultation, treatment, support and follow-up.

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Finalists

HMP&I Cornton Vale/Scottish Prison Service
The development of a nurse-led cytology service: This project involved the development and implementation of a nurse-led cytology service for female prisoners in Scotland’s only jail for women. It resulted in a significant increase (36%) in the number of women receiving cervical screening, providing them with an experience that, it is hoped, will impact positively on their attendance for future cervical screening once the women leave prison.

North Lincolnshire PCT
Choices outreach project: This project included a series of innovative developments to the North Lincolnshire Choices project, which were aimed at promoting Implanon insertions, targeting at-risk groups in schools and inclusion units, introducing chlamydia screening and extending the service into villages and hard-to-reach areas.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
Achieving 48-hour access to GUM clinics on Teeside: A newly configured service framework across three acute trusts and six PCTs achieved 48-hour access to GUM clinics for 83% of patients. Just one year before, only 29% of patients received 48-hour access, with some facing waits of up to 60 days for routine appointments.

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Judges

- Rosemary Rogers, projects director, Nursing Times
- Leigh Chislett, lead nurse, Victoria Clinic, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
- Anita Weston, nurse adviser in sexual health, Department of Health

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Sponsored by Durex

Durex is proud to sponsor the NT award category for sexual health. This is an area of increasing public concern. Durex works in partnership with nurses in the drive to educate people and raise awareness about sexual health issues. This includes helping to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections and reducethe number of unplanned pregnancies. www.durex.com

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