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BMA Medfash Award for HIV Scotland - nominated by Ingrid Young

Key partner receives award for work in the community.

HIV Scotland is the national HIV policy organisation for Scotland.  They work on behalf of all those living with and at risk of HIV to ensure that Scotland has responsive policies, quality services and a supportive environment that enable people living with or at risk of HIV in Scotland to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

BMA Medfash Award Ceremony 2017
Image from BMA Foundation for Medical Research

BMA Medfash Award

The British Medical Association has this year held the first ever MEDFASH (Medical Foundation for HIV and Sexual Health) prize for Improving the Quality of HIV and Sexual Healthcare. We were delighted to hear that HIV Scotland had been awarded the prize, following nomination by Chancellor's Fellow, Dr Ingrid Young. 

HIV Scotland were awarded the prize in recognition of their collaborative work across the sector and leadership in making PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) available in Scotland.

The nomination was supported by Dr Rak Nandwani (NHS GGC, Chair of the HIV Clinical Leads) and Dr Ann Eriksen (NHS Tayside, Executive Lead for Sexual Health & BBV, Co-Chair of the Sexual Health & BBV Executive Leads Network).

Tweet from BMA Foundation at the Award Ceremony

@GeorgeConverses receiving @HIVScotland #medfash prize

— BMA Foundation (@BMAFoundationMR) December 5, 2017

BMA Medfash Award George Valiotis Receives Award
George Valiotis from HIV Scotland received Award | Image from BMA Foundation for Medical Research

HIV Scotland website - news item and video celebrating the award

Collaborating with health and community practitioners

HIV Scotland have been a key partner on Ingrid's Chief Scientist Office-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship project 'Developing HIV Literacy'.  Through this work, she collaborated with health and community practitioners and other stakeholders (including HIV Scotland, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Terrence Higgins Trust, Waverly Care, aidsmap) to understand and support HIV literacy in the context of new and emerging HIV prevention technologies (e.g. PrEP).

Dr Ingrid Young's profile

PrEP Scotland website