In September 2016, I, along with members of the #ChangeTheFaceOfHIV campaign, worked closely with the Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to host a Protected Learning Time (PLT) session on HIV testing. Our aim was simple – #ChangeTheFaceOfHIV, reduce late and undiagnosed HIV, and improve the lives of people living with HIV in Southwark.
With one simple test, we can save lives and improve health outcomes. Being the first point of contact, we can play a pivotal role in diagnosing HIV sooner. Let’s step up, and together make a substantial difference for primary care and our patients.
The session was attended by over 100 primary care professionals and featured a highly interactive agenda, including dedicated consultations and a practical and engaging workshop designed to support GPs with how best to manage conversations with patients about testing for HIV. It was also the first opportunity to put our newly downloadable #ChangeTheFaceOfHIV resources to the test.
We gathered feedback from our attendees on the concerns they have about HIV testing in primary care. These insights have now helped us shape a programme of follow-up support available to all GPs across the CCG to help embed the learnings from the PLT and drive sustainable behaviour change around thinking about HIV as part of differential diagnosis.
As we put into practice our package of interventions and look to support our colleagues in thinking about HIV as part of differential diagnosis, we will update this blog on the progress we have made and the barriers we have helped overcome. You can then take our learnings and apply them in your area.
Watch this space for more information!
Dr Jonty Heaversedge is Chair of Southwark CCG and GP in South East London. He is also a member of the HIV Awareness in Primary Care working group. For more information about the Southwark Pilot, email Jonty Heaversedge: firstname.lastname@example.org
UK/HIV/0021/16(1)b, November 2016