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Research Department of Primary Care and
Population Health

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UCL Medical School (Royal Free Campus)
Rowland Hill Street, London NW3 2PF

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Fiona Giles - Assistant Project Co-ordinator
Telephone 020 7794 0500 extn 38826
e-mail f.giles@ucl.ac.uk 

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Julia Bailey - Senior Clinical Lecturer

Julia Bailey


Julia is a clinical senior lecturer in Primary Care at UCL, and a speciality doctor in community sexual health in Hackney, East London.


Julia is currently developing a programme of research in sexual health which is focused on new approaches to promoting sexual health:

  1. New technologies for sexual health promotion
    Sexual health promotion is a huge public health challenge: for example, rates of genital Chlamydia and HIV infection are increasing, and sexual abuse, violence and sexual dysfunction are common. Primary health care services are central in tackling this crisis, but clinicians and patients may have reservations about raising sexual health problems, and clinical services are often pressurised. The scale of the problem calls for innovations in primary prevention and new models for service delivery such as delivery via new technologies. Julia’s research therefore focuses on the development and evaluation of new technologies for sexual health promotion. This theme also encompasses methodological development in innovative online research methods.
  2. New definitions of sexual health (for intervention design and evaluation) 
    New approaches are needed in the development and evaluation of sexual health interventions because interventions designed by clinicians have traditionally defined sexual health in mainly physical terms (e.g. pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection). The WHO concept of sexual wellbeing goes beyond physical health to include social and psychological health. This broader definition more closely reflects the complexity of sexual health problems and patients’ priorities. Julia’s research focuses on the conceptual development and practical operationalisation of sexual wellbeing in sexual health intervention design and evaluation.
  3. New approaches to understanding sexual health consultations

    Clinicians in primary care have an increasing role to play in addressing sexual health in routine consultations, for example, offering opportunistic HIV testing and Chlamydia screening. However, unsolicited discussions of sexual health may be difficult for clinicians to initiate because of unspoken inferences about patients’ sexual behaviour and risk. Advice for clinicians about the best ways to tackle these issues is often quite general, for example to ‘avoid being judgemental’. However, it is not clear how best to do this. Discourse analysis can help to understand delicate communicative problems, identifying the intricate features of ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ communication.

Teaching Summary

  • Sexual health in primary care: medical student teaching, NHS staff training
  • Sexual health online - workshops for clinicians and academics
  • Primary trainer for the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
  • PhD student supervision for Lorna Hobbs – ‘Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Sex therapy London website for online sex therapy’
  • E-learning module - 'Asking clinical questions'. For the e-learning for Healthcare project.
  • Research methodology: systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Discourse analysis - tutor for the KCL MSc/MA module 'Medical Discourses' 
  • Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - primary trainer in clinical practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Health Research MSc module and short courses - course organiser

Enquiries from prospective students are welcome, on the topics of

  • New technologies in sexual health promotion
  • New definitions of sexual wellbeing
  • New approaches to understanding sexual health consultations

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