Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

The Sexual Health promotion team within the Specialist Sexual Health Service at Worcestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) have a remit within their service level agreement to deliver SRE directly to groups identified as being particularly vulnerable, or potentially engaging in risky behaviour. The team have identified that young people attending work-based learning are often very vulnerable and that their tutors are often not equipped or lack the confidence to deliver SRE sessions themselves. Therefore, the team delivers SRE sessions within Entry to Employment courses across the county; in colleges, voluntary sector providers (including Prince's Trust) and the private sector (including Beacon Employment). In addition, they provide training for staff who do not feel sufficiently competent and confident to deliver SRE to ensure they are abreast of information about sexual health and local services.

The Sexual Health promotion team aims to provide one session for each new Entry to Employment group with a broad focus including risk-taking behaviour, condom use and chlamydia. In addition to factual information about sex, the team encourage discussion about relationships and incorporate messages about delaying sex and the enjoyment of it for those pursuing sexual relationships. The sessions are designed to address a variety of learning styles and educational ability. They use active learning techniques to generate discussion and very little written work, in order to engage learners. The sessions are all evaluated by young people, their tutors and the health promotion staff. The session also makes links with, and signposts young people to, local services; after the session young people have the option to take a chlamydia screening or a postal testing kit away with them.

For further information contact: kate.wilson@worcspct.nhs.uk or Debra.newton@worcspct.nhs.uk
Health promotion team, Specialist Sexual Health Service, Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

More case studies on this theme can be found in the Sex Education Forum briefing Foundation Learning and Apprenticeships (2010).