This masterclass considers inter-relating factors regarding physical, social and mental health, initially exploring this through the lens of the complicated impact of living with HIV. HIV-related neuropsychological difficulties are also explored. Although the focus is primarily on HIV (regarding children, adults and/ or carers who are positive) this serves as a jump off point to think about complex care and safeguarding in the context of chronic health conditions. Specifically, safeguarding is considered in terms of long-term condition management and the impact of variable parenting abilities.
Starting with a general introduction to, and update of, relevant HIV information, we move onto thinking about the effect of stigma on young people and families: how this can inhibit access to required care and services. We discuss the relationship between early trauma and physical health vulnerability, and expand this out to elaborate how marginalised communities, with associated layers of powerlessness, can be further disadvantaged regarding physical and mental health outcomes.
There will also be emphasis on the importance of self-reflection for healthcare professionals, particularly when conducting difficult conversations and working with complexity. The benefits of inter-professional working and psychologically-informed wraparound approaches to care will also be elaborated.
The session utilises a combination of presentations and interactive tasks aimed at providing a space for exploration of, and reflection on, salient issues. The intention is for the audience to have opportunity to guide discussion in terms of their everyday practice needs.
This is a ground-breaking book, addressing the complex psychosocial issues in the field of HIV care. True to the title, it gathers perspectives from a range of professionals, as well as the expertise of people living with HIV, to think broadly about the complexities of care delivery. It supplies care frameworks and practical ideas, which can easily be extrapolated to other areas of health and social care provision.
“This is perhaps what HIV care can offer other health specialities. It’s an approach that firmly puts the patient, with his or her complex world, front and centre. Though the topics here relate to HIV care, the underpinning principles can and should apply across all areas of health. This book makes an important contribution to the care of people living with HIV, and a vital learning tool relevant to all health sectors”
Dr Ian Hodgson - International Nurse Consultant
The editors and authors have vast experience in clinical care and the teaching/training of care professionals, as well as regular involvement in national projects, including the development of care standards/guidance.