This is a range of thirteen small booklets and 26 illustrated leaflets which are widely available in HIV clinics and treatment centres across London (as well as in each of the Wandsworth Oasis shops). They are often referred to as ‘gold standard’ resources and are designed to support the doctor-patient dialogue.
Information is critical in HIV. The more people understand their health and treatment the more likely they are to participate in decisions about their care, stick to their medicines, are more satisfied with services, have better health outcomes and - important in these days of financial austerity – they tend to cost the NHS less!
This year two of NAM’s booklets, which Wandsworth Oasis has funded - HIV & hepatitis and HIV, mental health & emotional wellbeing - have been highly commended at the British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. This is an annual award ceremony held in central London. The aim of the BMA awards is to “support and encourage patient-centred care in meeting the needs of patients through the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced information which will promote both greater awareness and understanding of health matters, and patient choice.”
NAM has now won more than thirty commendations from the BMA, most of which are for the booklets and leaflets Wandsworth Oasis has supported.
HIV & hepatitis is for people living with HIV who want to know more about hepatitis A, B and C. The booklet was revised in 2015 to include the updated British HIV Association (BHIVA) guidelines on the management of hepatitis viruses in people with HIV, and information on new treatments for hepatitis B and C. The judging panel wrote: “This is a very informative and easy to read booklet which conveys a lot of information in a small space.”
Living with a long-term illness like HIV can mean people are more likely to experience mental health problems and HIV, mental health & emotional wellbeing addresses many of the difficult issues people commonly experience. The BMA said: “I like this handy little booklet which provides a lot of information clearly and concisely. I’m particularly impressed with the way the resource has involved patients in its production and also the plans for dissemination, promotion and evaluation which are creative and well-thought-out.”
If you could like to obtain copies you can read them as a Flipbook online via the links above. Alternatively pop into your local Wandsworth Oasis shop and pick up a copy or you can ring NAM on 0207 837 6988.
All of us at NAM are enormously grateful to everyone at Wandsworth Oasis who provided us with the support to enable us to produce these resources.
We have a rigorous production process during which we work with people living with HIV and people working in HIV, including health professionals and staff in support organisations to ensure we are providing reliable, useful information. None of this would be possible without the support we have received from Wandsworth Oasis.
Some of the glory is therefore due to you all – once again!!
Thank you from all of us.
Caspar Thomson, NAM