Innovative Swanswell programme helps people improve their sex life
11 February 2011
Swanswell’s created an innovative programme to help people in Birmingham who are affected by sexual dysfunction.
With Valentine’s day and National Impotence day (14 February) around the corner, the national charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – is raising awareness of its new sex and wellbeing service.
As part of the pilot for the Birmingham East and North (BEN) Primary Care Trust, a quick and easy screening tool has been developed to identify if people are having sex-related problems.
Swanswell’s drug workers have been trained to use this tool so they can carry out an initial assessment for clients using our shared care services in the BEN PCT area and provide basic treatment.
If further help is needed, staff can refer clients to the programme’s sex therapist or work closely with their General Practitioner (GP) if a medical condition is identified.
Treatment is also open to anyone in the BEN PCT area who has been referred to the service by their GP or by attending a drop-in clinic at the New Attitudes Contraception and Sexual Health Service on the 2nd floor of the Health and Wellbeing Walk-in Centre, 196 High Street, Erdington, every Thursday between 10am and 2pm.
Erectile dysfunction is one of those issues that can affect a couple’s relationship and forms part of the awareness raising of National Impotence Day. It affects more than one in ten men (GP Online, 2007) and can be caused by many factors, such as anxiety, stress or an underlying medical condition.
Jan Phillips, Senior Practitioner with Swanswell, said: ‘Our sex and wellbeing service can help anyone facing difficulties with sexual dysfunction get the appropriate treatment quickly, so they can continue enjoying their relationships.
‘Issues such as erectile dysfunction are more common that people think, so they shouldn’t feel embarrassed about talking to us. Simple changes to lifestyle or their way of thinking, can make a big difference.’