Further training and funds vital in sexual health
Sexual health services in general practice have indeed been the victim of underfunding and a failure to engage GPs (see 'Sexual health services chronically underfunded').
While primary care is certainly the largest provider of sexual health services in the country, it seems that quantity is not always accompanied by quality. Further training and investment are vital if sexual health is to be managed well by those best placed to care holistically for the needs of the community.
The RCGP's sex, drugs and HIV task group has been working with the Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health (MedFASH) to develop an Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health (ICSH), which is intended to provide that first 'toe in the water' for those who have little or no training in this area.
The RCGP ICSH has been developed in partnership with the leading specialist societies for sexual health and other relevant stakeholders with development funding from the Department of Health.
Further details of the RCGP ICSH can be obtained by emailing Russell Fleet, project manager at MedFASH, at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 020 7383 6801.
From Dr Chris Ford, clinical lead for the RCGP's Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health