UNDERSTAND THE TERMINOLOGY

Like any other medical condition, there’s some terminology you’ll need to get your head round – your clinic appointments will make far more sense when you do and you’ll have a much clearer picture of your HIV health. George House Trust Services Advisers can help you with this.

 

REMEMBER THAT CLINIC STAFF HAVE YOUR BEST INTERESTS AT HEART

Your HIV doctor and the specialist nurses want the best for you. Make an effort to build a trusting and honest relationship with them. The more at ease you feel with your doctor or specialist nurse, the easier it will be to engage with your clinical care.

 

YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME IS YOUR TIME

This is your time to talk about what’s worrying you and to ask for clarification about anything you don’t understand. Your appointment should be a two way discussion between you and the health professional. You should leave feeling that your questions have been answered and you understand the answers you’ve been given.

 

BE INTERESTED IN YOUR HIV HEALTH

Go along to your clinic appointments showing an interest in your HIV health. Your results, for example, will enable you to see how well your medication is working, and you’ll have regular general health checks which will pick up on any other issues.

 

WRITE DOWN THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT TO ASK BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

It's easy to forget some of the things you might want to ask. Write down a list of the things you want to talk about and take it with you – and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Remember that your appointment time is limited so focus on the issues most important for you.

 

TAKE A FRIEND WITH YOU IF YOU NEED TO

Some people find clinic appointments daunting. If you need a bit of support, ask a friend to come along with you. You won’t have to worry about having to remember everything that’s been said - they can listen out for the things you might miss.

 

BE HONEST WITH YOUR ANSWERS

In order for your HIV doctor to have a full and accurate picture of how they can best help you, they need to have all the facts. It’s much better to give honest answers to the questions they ask – even though it might feel embarrassing. Clinic staff won’t judge you – they’ve heard it all before!

 

YOU CAN TRANSFER YOUR CARE IF YOU WANT TO

You may have reasons for wanting to transfer your care to a different clinic. Think carefully about your reasons before making the decision. If you feel there are issues with the staff involved in your care try to work through these with them first. If you decide you want to, changing clinics is easy, and all you need to do is contact the one that you would like to attend and arrange an appointment.

Tuesday, 4 April, 2017

POSITIVE FUTURES CONFERENCE 2017

20th May 2017

 

Our spring conference is set to be a positive and interesting day, with workshops on mindfulness, building resilience and an update on the ground-breaking Terrence Higgins Trust research exploring what it means to age with HIV.

The conference will provide the opportunity to learn new things, share experiences and take away new ideas to help stay healthy and well.

 

A hot breakfast will be provided at registration and there will be time over lunch to catch up with people and enjoy a relaxing massage.

There are only 50 places available so early booking is advised.

You can register for this event here. For more information, email Sharon or call 0161 274 4499.

 

Travel expenses for those who qualify.

You must be 50+ living with HIV and living in the North West of England in order to attend this event.

Friday, 21 April, 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new range of courses, designed to raise awareness and understanding of HIV.

 

Courses can be tailored to meet your individual needs and will:

 

  • increase your awareness of HIV
  • equip you to challenge stigma and prejudice
  • improve the quality of services you provide to people who may be living with HIV

 

As part of our training, we also offer the opportunity to listen to trained speakers who are living with HIV talk about their personal experiences.

 

We can create a bespoke course to meet your particular needs and budget. This includes the option of a short “pop up” course - ideal for a lunch time session - as well as longer courses.

 

Topics covered include:

 

  • Routes of HIV transmission
  • Exploring attitudes to HIV
  • Improving services to people living with HIV
  • Latest developments in HIV

 

Feedback from previous course participants:

 

‘The best training I have attended for a very long time, informative and uplifting’ - Local Authority Social Worker

‘Lots of in-depth information on HIV to allow us to work with our clients more confidently’ - Health Trainer

 

For more information about course costs and to discuss your training needs in more detail email George House Trust or call 0161 274 5653 

 

Friday, 7 April, 2017

Peer Mentor Co-ordinator

 

THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED FOR NEW APPLICATIONS

 

PEER MENTOR CO-ORDINATOR

 

Job Title: Peer Mentor Co-ordinator – “Better Together” Project

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary: NJC scales SCP 26-31, starting salary level SCP 26 - £23,398

Contract: Permanent

Location: Manchester

 

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced person to lead ”Better Together”, an exciting project funded by the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

 

“Better Together” is a 5 year project which aims to increase peer mentoring support for people living with HIV across Greater Manchester. The Peer Mentor Co-ordinator will work closely with staff at sexual health and HIV clinics to ensure that everyone diagnosed with HIV has the opportunity to access peer mentoring support. They will be responsible for promoting the service, recruiting, training and developing volunteer peer mentors and facilitating matches between mentors and mentees. The project will also bring together local organisations to share best practice in peer mentoring.

 

“Better Together” will work in partnership with Positively UK’s Project 100 and will work within the new National Standards for HIV Peer Support.

 

More details about the Peer Mentor Co-ordinator role, including a job description and person specification, can be found in our candidate pack. The application form can also be downloaded here. If you would like a hard copy of the candidate pack and application form by post, please contact: Samuel Clarke on 0161 274 4499 or email: samuel@ght.org.uk

 

The closing date for this post is 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on the 12th May and 16th May 2017 at George House Trust.

 

The successful job applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

 

George House Trust is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We especially welcome applications from groups which reflect George House Trusts’ service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, people from black and minority ethnic groups, and people from refugee communities.

 

George House Trust's vision is for all people living in the North West of England to live happy and healthy lives and be free from stigma and discrimination; for all people to know their HIV status and to be HIV aware. Read our Mission and Values here.

 

  

Monday, 10 April, 2017

Living with HIV? Want to talk to us?
Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk

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