NHS Grampian Managed Care Network (MCN) for Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses

There are a number of health and social outcomes that can be affected by having poor sexual health, or by contracting and living with a blood borne virus (Viral Hepatitis B, C or HIV).  Our Managed Care Network (MCN) exists to improve outcomes, working with partner organisations outside the traditional boundaries of ‘health’, to ensure the delivery of accessible, high quality and holistic services. By doing so, is it hoped that the complex needs of individuals and groups are being met in a way that is acceptable and accessible to those living in Grampian.

Our strategy is underpinned by the Scottish Government’s Framework for Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) 2015-2020. Leadership for the local implementation of the National Framework is provided by the main MCN Group, supported by a Coordinating Group and four working groups (see below).

Who are we?

Our Network is made up of individuals representing organisations who want to work with us to achieve improvements in the health and wellbeing of the Grampian population. Generally in our MCN there is representation from NHS Grampian, Health and Social Care Partnerships, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, Third Sector organisations and Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Grampian.

The ‘management’ of this MCN is delivered by a small team who help to coordinate and support strategic and operational activities. Team members all have distinct roles; some also have a role in national groups, but together we work collectively under the umbrella of the MCN. The local MCN support team comprises:

  • Executive Lead for Sexual Health and BBVs – Dr Emmanuel Okpo, Public Health
  • MCN Manager – Lisa Allerton, Public Health
  • Clinical Leads: Dr Daniela Brawley, Dr Sue Brechin, Dr Lindsay McLeman
  • Health Improvement Practitioner: Penny Gillies, Public Health
  • Public Health Researcher: Jacqueline Bell, Public Health
  • MCN Project Manager: Margo Urquhart, Public Health
  • Sexual Health and BBV Trainer: Jacqueline Williams, Public Health
  • MCN Administrator: Senga Smith, Public Health

MCN Working Groups

All of our working groups report on progress against their agreed priorities to the MCN, which then used to stimulates discussion around additional opportunities and partnership working.

MCN Strategic Plan and Annual Reports

The MCN Strategic Plan is aligned to the national priorities as set out in the Scottish Government Framework for Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses 2015-2020, which can be accessed here.

  • NHS Grampian MCN for Sexual Health and BBVs, Annual Report 2015/16
  • NHS Grampian MCN for Sexual Health and BBVs, Annual Report 2016/17

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 Contact Us:

For more information about the MCN for Sexual Health and BBVs, please contact the team at: nhsg.mcn-shbbv@nhs.net

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