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RU Clear celebrates ten years' service

r u clearThe 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.