Issue 16.2

Abstracts for the 18th NHIVNA Annual Conference

Abstracts for 18th NHIVNA conference held at Manchester Conference Centre 29 June–1st July

Patients, peers and volunteers

Welcome to the bumper 2016 summer edition. In this issue we have focused on upon the one thing that makes us nurses: patients. Within HIV care, it is our patients who have fought, challenged, shaped and developed the HIV service that we see today. Patient involvement has led to patient groups, peer support, peer-led services and the involvement of patient at the highest board level to ensure their voices are still heard and acted upon.

Shaun Watson
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Peer support in HIV care

While very much an upcoming health support strategy, peer support has been a mainstay of HIV care since the initial days of the epidemic, over 30 years ago. The gay community took up the challenge to look after its own when few others would, setting up organisations such as Body Positive and Terrence Higgins Trust to provide support and share what little information there was available. Peer support has developed over the years and with the NHS recognising its value, and many local authorities specifying the requirement for peer support and mentoring in their tenders for HIV services, the time has clearly come for programmes that deliver on the approach laid out in the BHIVA 'Standards of Care for People Living with HIV'.

Garry Brough
Positively UK

Take Control, Learn and Connect: weekend workshops for people recently diagnosed with HIV

For many people, receiving an HIV diagnosis is a worrying and confusing time. Whatever the reaction, one thing that is common at the start of a person’s HIV journey is the need for information, reassurance and support. Providing support and interventions at this early stage of diagnosis has long been recognised as beneficial to the client. Positively UK has developed a weekend workshop programme for recently diagnosed people: Take Control, Learn, and Connect.

Marc Thompson & Jim Fielder
National Coordinator, Project 100 & Gay Men's Support Worker, Positively UK

Resourcing peer support volunteers in HIV prevention and sexual wellbeing: NHS settings

Nursing staff in sexual health and HIV settings may find themselves busier than ever before, as HIV diagnoses amongst gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to rise. in a climate of cuts and austerity, this is a concern. Read about 56 Dean Street's solution.

David Stuart
56 Dean Street

Rewriting the Patient Champion: a report on creative innovations in patient empowerment

Patient Champion is a rather grandiose title for a role that aims to empower patients, and give them a voice within their healthcare service. Community engagement can be a potent tool in improving wellbeing within patient cohorts. It offers strategies to, for example, achieve better collective mental health, or for working with people who have been marginalised by wider society.

Patrick Cash & Laurie Poole
Patient Champion, 56 Dean Street & 2Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs, Researcher

HIV Nursing

Sharing best practice in HIV care

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