North Staffordshire: Clinic in a Box

In North Staffordshire there are 18 high schools that have the Clinic-in-a-Box sexual health service. 

This is funded from Sexual Health rather than School Health, although in many cases it is the school nurse that runs the session and CIB reimburses School Health for the time.

What's in the box:

  • Emergency hormonal contraception
  • Sphygmomanometer to check blood pressure
  • Condoms
  • Condom demonstrator
  • Information leaflets
  • Pregnancy test sticks and urine pots
  • Chlamydia test packs

The box can stay in the school if there are adequate lock-up facilities. All the nurses are family planning trained and have done extra training to offer emergency hormonal contraception under a PGD. 

The sessions are all drop-ins during lunchtime. Take up from young men has been much higher than in community contraceptive clinics. In the period April - September 2006 the service was used by 57% females and 43% males.

If a school is interested in having a CIB service, the nurse will do a presentation to teachers and/or governors, and also sometimes parents are invited in to a presentation.  Most schools have sent letters home with pupils outlining the health service being offered and inviting objections. Feedback from schools and parents has been positive. 

Young people would like the service to be available more often. They say it the nurses are approachable and friendly and they are comfortable using the service.

Contact: Paulette Booth, Clinic-in-a-Box co-ordinator,
E-mail: Paulette.Booth@northstaffs.nhs.uk