Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

RSH Deliver HPV Education

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

RSH Deliver HPV Education

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SOCIETY NEWS

Letters and HPV information leaflets were sent to nearly 50,000 health professionals and teachers at the end of March as The Royal Society of Health (RSH) launched the first stage of its Human Papillomavirus (HPV) education programme.

The letter laid out details of the HPV awareness raising campaign and teaching pack produced by the RSH. These materials have been planned by a panel of health and education experts, along with industry representatives and young people, from across the UK, with sponsorship from Sanofi Pasteur MSD, to precede a nationwide HPV immunisation programme to vaccinate 12-13 year old girls against cervical cancer. The Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), have also been consulted in the development of this programme, both joining the steering group as observers to help coordinate the work of the RSH and government departments.

The RSH campaign materials will be rolled out to secondary schools, GP surgeries, pharmacies and local authorities, aiming to gain public understanding.

The HPV general information leaflet produced based on research and testing by University College London will answer teachers', parents' and young people's questions about HPV.

The RSH curriculum linked teaching & learning support pack to be rolled out in summer 2008 is available to order now at www.rsph.org.

RSH Chief Executive Professor Richard Parish said: "Education is paramount to ensure the HPV immunisation programme is an effective measure to improve public health. …

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