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News BMJ Group Awards: Primary Care Team of the Year category

Visionary GPs are extending scope of general practice

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 16 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c926
  1. Domhnall Macauley
  1. 1BMJ

    Sending 1500 Valentine cards to the vice chancellor of Nottingham University was one of the publicity ploys adopted by the university’s health practice, students’ union, and students’ welfare body when they began to lobby for a sexual health promotion officer. If 95% of your 34 000 patients are in the age range 18-30, sexual health is clearly a major issue.

    The university health service also ran nurse led screening clinics for sexually transmitted diseases. It raised the profile of the clinics through evening “road shows” where asymptomatic screening was offered in halls of residence and where students could register for free condoms. It had “pee in the pot” days as part of chlamydia screening, and it ran a “sexual health awareness and guidance week,” with the memorable acronym of SHAG week.

    The team from the university health service, which is based at the Cripps Health Centre, Nottingham, is one of four groups that have been shortlisted for the BMJ Group’s Primary Care Team of the Year award, which is being offered this year for the first time. When the BMJ Group Awards were first launched last year, there was neither a primary care nor a secondary …

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