Sexual Health Professionals Gather for Annual Conference
Over 70 health and social care professionals working on the Island gathered last week for the Annual Sexual Health Conference organised by the NHS Isle of Wight Public Health Department. They were joined by Dr Radha Modgil from Channel 4’s ‘The Sex Education Show’ who spoke about the show and that sex education itself was very important – and that is why they had chosen to do communicate via television.
Dr Modgil is a GP in Berkshire and medical presenter on the TV series which is now in its third series. She also writes for Bliss Magazine Online answering teenagers worries and concerns. She has expertise in sexual health, addiction and women’s health.
Island GP and sexual health specialist Dr Patrick Wills said: “This annual event is an important opportunity for everyone involved in providing sexual health services on the Island to improve their understanding of current issues and share good practice.“
Pictured right are (left to right) Dr Patrick Wills, Sarah Stringer, Dr Radha Modgil and Felicity Young.
Chaired by Island GP Dr George Thomson, other speakers at the event were:
- Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator Fleur Gardiner and Detective Inspector Liz Williams from Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight Public Protection Unit (PPU) who spoke about the roles of the Police and the Council in tackling the problems of domestic abuse; and
- Writer Penelope Friday who spoke about sexuality and disability;
Seminar sessions were held on:
- Sex and the law, consent and confidentiality
- Partner notification
- Domestic abuse
Consultant Nurse for Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
Speaking after the event Sarah Stringer, Public Health Commissioning Manager commented: “The conference allows everyone working in sexual health services to learn from each other and brings important speakers to the Island. Everyone working in sexual health services and the agencies we work with including the Police and Isle of Wight Council are working to ensure that Islanders have access to the best possible services.”
The conference held in the Conference Suite at Lakeside Park Hotel, Wootton is funded by grants from pharmaceutical companies and the conference fee paid by the participants.
Click here to download information about the impact of sexual health problems on the Island. Felicity Young gave an amusing talk titled ‘Felicity Young ate my hamster … and other improbable tales from the GUM clinic’.
Issue date: 31 May 2011
For further information, please contact the Communications Department, Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust, St Marys Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5TG. Telephone number 01983-552003 (out of hours please contact the switchboard)