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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