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P162 NHS GGC staff HIV anti-stigma campaign
  1. Jo Zinger,
  2. Louise Carroll
  1. NHS GGC, Glasgow, UK


Introduction People living with HIV, and maintained on ARVs, can live long and healthy lives.

Consequently, there is a growing cohort of people living and ageing with HIV, who are attending NHSGGC for non-HIV related conditions. However, many patients report experiencing stigma and discrimination within these services. NHSGGC responded to this by creating a HIV anti-stigma campaign.

Methods A baseline staff survey was conducted to ascertain knowledge, attitudes and training needs. These results and input from the HIV Patient Forum shaped the campaign, which consisted of: A range of materials, merchandise and activity including posters, road shows, factsheets; training, digital updates and direct messaging to service managers; A patient toolkit which empowers them to challenge stigma and discrimination; Short dramatic videos illustrating patient experience; A repeat staff survey was carried out in 2016

Results 4000 responses to the baseline survey; 9,325 unique website hits; 300+ staff engaged at road shows; 15 delegates attending training; 1,521 responses to the repeat survey; excellent partnership working between NHSGGC staff and members of the patient forum.

Discussion The campaign was successful in raising HIV with non-specialist staff. However, uptake of training was low despite an expressed need. Lack of time to train in non-mandatory areas was an issue. Those that did attend training evaluated it well. Results from the repeat survey will shape future interventions for staff.

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