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P162 Do staff in sexual health feel competent seeing men post integration of services?
  1. Alison Currie1,
  2. Susan Brechin2
  1. 1Department of Sexual Health, NHS Lanarkshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Sexual Health, NHS Grampian, UK


Background/introduction Integration of Genitourinary Medicine and Sexual and Reproductive Health is happening across Scotland. This means that some staff previously seeing only women are now dealing with men.

Aim(s)/objectives We wanted to identify if staff felt competent and trained to manage male patients.

Methods A link to a web based survey (10 questions) was emailed to all clinical staff in two services in Scotland who provide specialist care to a similar size of population but have a different approach to clinic service provision.

Results There were 16 responses from centre 1 and 21 responses from centre 2. 68% (centre 1) had routinely seen male patients prior to integration versus 33% (centre 2.) 81% (centre 1) and 66% (centre 2) said they felt comfortable taking a history and examining male patients. 100% (centre 1) but only 71% (centre 2) said they had access to local and national guidelines in the clinic. 75% (centre 1) and 62% (centre 2) felt they had enough training for managing straightforward cases in both heterosexuals and MSM. 14% (centre 2) felt they had enough training for only heterosexual men but not enough for MSM. 25% (centre 1) and 24% (centre 2) felt they hadn’t had enough training for managing either heterosexual males or MSM.

Discussion/conclusion The survey highlights that there is further training needed within both centres so that staff feel confident in managing both heterosexual males and MSM.

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