Terrence Higgins Trust to run new HIV awareness course in London

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HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will be launching a new City & Guilds course in understanding HIV and AIDS in London.

The qualification, a Level 2 Award in Understanding HIV and AIDS VRQ, is designed for people who are interested in HIV and AIDS or working in a role where knowledge of the issue would be beneficial to their work. It’s ideal for people who work as GPs, nurses, GP reception staff, voluntary workers, probation officers, police officers, teachers, social services staff, staff in drug support services and residential care services, amongst many others working in health and social care, as well as interested individuals.

The course has already run successfully in Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham and is launching in London from 23 February. Accredited through the UK’s leading vocational education provider, City & Guilds, areas of study on the course include:

Transmission and prevention of HIV

Stigma and discrimination in HIV and AIDS

Managing HIV and AIDS

Joanna Hurren, Head of Function at City & Guilds, said: “This course is invaluable for anyone wanting to enter a career in the HIV sector. It is also the ideal career development support for someone already working in a role where they need to be aware of issues relating to HIV and AIDS.”

Jackie Redding, Director of Social Care and Service Development for THT said: “We’re delighted to be running this course in Peterborough. It raises vital awareness of HIV and gives individuals the knowledge and skills to support individuals affected and tackle the stigma that still sadly exists. I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch and find out more.”

The distance learning course is structured into three units, with two face to face study days held in central London and 44 hours of study time for all units. The course costs £350 + VAT for private sector workers and £250 + VAT for public sector workers.

Students who have completed the course said:

“The course is a must do for all working in social care or sexual education, no-matter the level.”

“I would recommend the course to anyone non-medically trained working, or hoping to work, in the field of HIV.”

To sign up for the course or get further information visit www.tht.org.uk/cityandguilds or contact Justin Barrett on 020 7812 1727 or email hivvrq@tht.org.uk