RU Clear celebrates ten years' service
The 1st October 2016 marked 10 years since RUclear
went 'live' as Greater Manchester's Chlamydia Screening
Programme. It was and still is the largest screening
programme covering the then 10 PCTs that made up the Greater
Manchester Sexual Health Network.
Controversial from the start, the programme offered dual testing
meaning all tests were for gonorrhoea as well as chlamydia.
The hard work started on May 1st 2006. A team of four, equipped
with a national strategy, three laptops and a small office began a
journey to convince 10 PCTs to all follow the same pathways. There
was a steering group with a Lead Sexual Health Consultant,
representatives from each PCT, Commissioners, nurses and Lead
virologists to guide the programme.
Ten years has seen a lot of change. The team has gone from
raising awareness of chlamydia to a patient management service for
testing, giving results and arranging treatment for people and
their partners who receive a positive result. The team has
won awards for patient safety, partnership working and a 'Brilliant
Ideas' We're Proud of You award.
As well as working to the National Chlamydia Screening Programme
guidelines and screening under 25s in Greater Manchester, the team
is developing and providing home testing postal services to other
geographical areas for all ages. They have also established, in
conjunction with the MRI laboratory, HIV and syphilis home testing
kits. What began as a team of four, is now a staff of 16!
Congratulations to Diane Cordwell, Head of Service for RUclear,
and all of her colleagues on such a great achievement.