Title Transfer of UK training programme to improve chlamydia testing in GP practices in England, Estonia, France and Sweden
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-558
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Chlamydia rates in young people are high within European countries. CATTE aimed to increase chlamydia testing rates by GP staff in England, Estonia, France and Sweden by providing GP trainers with a training package and accompanying resources to deliver to GP surgeries. This is based on an educational intervention developed during a randomised controlled trial in England.
Chlamydia is often asymptomatic and undetected may lead to painful and costly sequelae such as sub-fertility. It is therefore important to test young people at risk.
The key aims of this project were to develop sustainable training in the delivery of basic sexual health services (particularly chlamydia testing) by GP staff to young adults, and to improve the detection rate of sexually transmitted infections.
A Train the Trainer (TtT) package equipped professionals who train GP staff to then deliver CATTE (ChlamydiA Testing Training in Europe) to staff working within GP surgeries. CATTE aimed to develop the knowledge and skills GP staff require to provide Chlamydia testing and other sexual health services on a routine basis to young adult patients attending their practice.
CATTE is based on an educational intervention developed by the Health Protection Agency in the UK that significantly increased chlamydia testing by GP surgeries. We have reviewed this intervention within the context of each country by undertaking a pre-training needs assessment process, examining existing guidance, data collection methods , and training of GP staff. This has been written up in a report. We have also explored the attitudes and opinions of staff and stakeholders (and patients in England) about providing basic sexual health services and to the future delivery of the CATTE training to GP staff, by undertaking individual interviews. This has refined the intervention to ensure it meets the needs of each country, and the intervention now includes other sexual health services such as contraception, HIV and gonorrhea.
Two training sessions have been developed in each country. Train the Trainers for trainers to learn how to train GP staff and CATTE, the intervention to train GP staff to increase chlamydia testing rates with young people. Trainers have been recruited in each country and have undertaken the Train the Trainers sessions to learn how to deliver the CATTE training. The CATTE training has been delivered in all countries to GP staff. Follow up sessions are now being delivered.
We have ascertained the success of the project by comparing testing rates for chlamydia by the GP surgeries receiving CATTE, before and after their training. We have additionally evaluate the impact of TtT and CATTE by interviewing staff who received each of those packages. These evaluations are now completed and reports have been written.
Stakeholders for GP training in each country have been involved at each stage during the life of the project to maximise the exploitation of the project outcomes, with the twin aims of obtaining accreditation for the Train the Trainers and CATTE packages in each country, which have now been developed, and their adoption for delivery by those bodies after the project ends.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
open and distance learning
transparency and certification
program or curricula
3 face to face meetings of partner countries, including project staff, trainers and stakeholders.
Reports: needs assessment, pre-training needs report, effect on testing rates, effect on target groups, progress and final reports.
Training packages: 1 day train the trainer and 1 hour Chlamydia testing training for GP staff.
Information pack for stakeholders
Evidence of endorsement by each country's stakeholders