A collaboration involving researchers in the School of Nursing and Midwifery to improve the sexual health of men in NI's prisons has been recognised at the South Eastern Trust Chairman Awards and 2018 CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards.
"Firstly, we introduced a nurse-led initiative to provide asymptomatic sexual health check-ups for patients. This is the first time nurses have provided comprehensive check-ups, as prior to this the medical consultants mostly saw patients who were showing symptoms. Nursing staff completed eLearning modules and attended training provided by the Trust's sexual health team before piloting the service. A failsafe process for the appropriate management of all positive results received by prison healthcare staff is coordinated by the Trust's Sexual Health Nurse Advisor.
"Secondly, we used a participatory action research model with a group of young men from Hydebank Wood College, which resulted in the development of a short animation video, encouraging a positive approach to looking after one's sexual health by attending check-ups."
"It is wonderful to see this project recognised as an excellent example of how key health messages can be meaningfully communicated to young men. Central to the development and effectiveness of the intervention was the inclusion of the voices and experiences of the young men themselves. This direct participation and authenticity means that young men are more likely to hear and act on key messages, resulting in benefits not only for the sexual health of male prisoners but also for that of their partners and future partners."
"This project very clearly demonstrates our commitment to translating ideas and research into action to positively impact individual lives and wider society and I am delighted that it has been recognised at the South Eastern Trust Chairman Awards and 2018 CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards. The success of this project has ultimately been down to the partnership approach it adopted and we worked closely with partners in the South Eastern Trust, Morrow Communications, Hydebank Wood College, and, crucially, with the young men themselves, to co-create an effective intervention which will improve the lives of young men and the communities to which they will return."
Congratulations to all in the @QUBSONM team recognised for innovation in enhancing male prisoner health - a great example of the creativity of @QUBstaff and of our commitment to translating ideas and research into action to positively impact society. #LoveQUBstaff https://t.co/pA0Of43e6s— Queen's Staff (@QUBstaff) 23 October 2018
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