HIV Scotland's CEO Nathan Sparling welcomes and introduces the Living Well: 50+ project

Nathan Sparling is the Chief Executive at HIV Scotland, having joined the organisation as the Head of Policy & Campaigning in July 2017. He is a member of the National PrEP Co-ordinators Group for Scotland, and leads the Secretariat for the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Sexual Health & Blood Borne Viruses. Previously he was a Senior Political Adviser in Westminster.

HIV Scotland's Chair, Nicoletta Policek, opening the Quality of Life Seminar

Dr Nicoletta Policek is the Chair of HIV Scotland and an Associated Professor in Policing & Criminology at the University of Cumbria. She has combined a career as a teacher with her passion for social justice and human rights, directing national and international NGOs. She is an expert ethnographer, she has worked on several research projects include to policing of the outdoor sex industry. She is committed to ensuring that research has a benefit for the wider community, and for this reason consistently engages in knowledge exchange and generation to support communities and groups who would normally be classed as “hard-to-reach.”

First speaker, Professor Jane Anderson, on how to measure and monitor quality of life.

Professor Jane Anderson is a consultant physician in HIV medicine at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and holds honorary academic appointments at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and at University College London. Jane is Chair of the National AIDS Trust, visiting fellow at The King’s Fund and a past Chair of the British HIV Association. She is a co-chair of the HIV Outcomes steering group.

Second speaker, Dr Achyuta Nori, on HIV and Comorbidities

Dr Nori is a consultant in Sexual Health and HIV and the lead for sexual health research. He is the NIHR South London Clinical Research Network STI research champion. He leads a Care Redesign programme which is a patient-staff co-design service restructure model to deliver personalised and holistic accessible sexual healthcare that prioritises antimicrobial stewardship.

Third speaker, Chris McCormack, on Pyschological Quality of Life

Chris is a clinical psychologist at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. He has worked in HIV and sexual health since 2010, working for Teesside Positive Action in Middlesbrough playing a key role in the implementation of the rapid HIV testing service. He has worked as a Trainee Sexual Health Adviser in Birmingham, and played a lead role in recruitment to the PROUD trial. He has worked in King’s College Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital including 56 Dean Street.

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