The first ever Standards for psychological support for adults living with HIV in the UK were published in 2011 by MEDFASH with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and British HIV Association (BHIVA).
Produced in response to the recommendations of a 2010 National AIDS Trust report on the mental health needs of people with HIV, the Standards are endorsed by eight major professional organisations represented on the working party which guided their development.
The Standards describe the support that all adults living with HIV should expect to receive, from a wide range of professional groups, peers and informal providers, to enhance their mental health and their cognitive, emotional and behavioural wellbeing. They focus on:
- the promotion of mental health and wellbeing
- the early detection of psychological difficulties and
- the provision of appropriate interventions for those who need them.
A valuable tool for both providers and commissioners, the Standards support the development and maintenance of high quality, cost-effective services and care pathways for adults living with HIV.
An educational grant from Abbott has supported the development of this publication. Abbott has had no editorial input or involvement in its production. Additional contributions were received from BHIVA, the FacHIV&SH (BPS) and MEDFASH.