The RCGP Sex, Drugs and BBV Group

The RCGP Sex, Drugs and Blood Borne Viruses Group is a lively group of GPs, nurses and other experts who work hard to promote high quality medical care, education and training in several clinical areas: sexual and reproductive health, problem substance use, HIV and viral hepatitis.

The group develops resources and training for primary care staff with the aim of improving the quality of work in sexual and reproductive health, blood borne viruses and drugs. We organise two annual national conferences, one on sexual health in primary care and another on caring for drug users in primary care. We also represent the College and general practice on national bodies and work on new initiatives in our fields of interest.

The group meets three times a year in London and communicates regularly by email.

The group is looking to recruit RCGP members to join us. The new members will either have an interest in viral hepatitis and / or the management of drug and alcohol problems. Our members must be able to offer time to input a primary care perspective into national initiatives in these fields. Expenses are reimbursed for any incurred. Inevitably much of this work takes place in London and members should be able to travel to attend meetings.

If you think you might be one of the GPs the group is looking for, please write, giving details of your work and interests in the relevant areas with a short CV by 24 November 2014, to Dr Ewen Steward, c/o Helen Chowaniec, Events Executive (Helen.Chowaniec@rcgp.org.uk). We will be short listing for interviews in October, these maybe conducted by telephone.

Person specification

Interests / Experience in relevant field

Essential

  • Special interest in the management of viral hepatitis or substance misuse problems in primary care.

Desirable

  • Experience in devising and delivery of relevant training for primary care practitioners.
  • Experience of provision of sexual and reproductive health care in primary care setting.

Other interests / experience

Essential

  • Local involvement in relevant networks or equivalent.

Desirable

  • Committee experience at local or national level.

Abilities / Skills

Essential

  • Good communication and negotiation skills.
  • Proven ability to work on consensus groups.

Desirable

  • Teaching and training skills

Commitments

Essential

  • To attend group meetings in London 2 - 3 times per year.
  • To be able to attend meetings for at least one national body as representative of the group or the RCGP.

Membership

Essential

  • RCGP membership

Desirable

  • Membership of a professional body or interest group relating to viral hepatitis or substance misuse.

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